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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Appointments should be open

    By JIM ALEXANDER, Guest Columnist

    I was surprised to read in the July 25 News that Perry County Memorial Hospital Administrator Joe Stuber stated that per state law, the county commissioners may appoint to the hospital board of trustees only people whom the board has first recommended.

    This would seem to give the hospital board almost-unheard of power and lack of accountability. In order to better understand the situation, I have sent the following e-mail to State Rep. Sue Ellspermann.

  • COLUMN: The naked woman in my shower

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    For someone accustomed to showering alone, the appearance of a naked stranger in the bathroom can be a bit alarming. I was bleary-eyed tired but sober and one-night stands have never been my style. Nevertheless, I climbed in a couple of weeks ago, more than willing to share my body wash with the long-legged lady.

    The lady was a spider, a daddy-long-legs that somehow found its way into my shower overnight.

  • EDITORIAL: ‘Debt crisis’ reveals real national problem

    We believe most Americans share the feeling of disgust we’ve experienced over recent weeks as the federal “debt crisis” was debated in Washington D.C. and over the nation’s airwaves.

    We put “debt crisis” in quotation marks because while it has been called that, its resemblance to reality is questionable.

  • COLUMN: ‘Captain America’ a bit plain, but is still entertaining

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Reviewer

    The summer of superheroes is nearly over, but “Captain America: The First Avenger” has been one of the most anticipated films of the season. If you’re not suffering from comic book burnout at this point, “Captain America” makes for a fun, entertaining summer film that is a bit different than other movies of the genre because of the time period it takes place in. The film may not feature any largely memorable moments and doesn’t really have much in the way of style, but it is definitely worth a watch.

  • LETTER: What does debt-ceiling debate mean for you?

    If you’re like most Americans, the term “debt ceiling” probably didn’t mean that much to you until recently. Now, of course, the debt ceiling debate is front-page news day after day. As a citizen, you’re no doubt hoping the situation is resolved in the best interests of the country.

    But as an investor, you may be especially concerned about what might happen to your holdings, and your overall investment strategy, if the debt ceiling is not increased by the Aug. 2 deadline.

  • LETTER: A look at changes to Indiana’s District 74

  • LETTER: Make plans now to attend ‘The King and I’

    The cast and crew of the Schweizer Fest musical, “The King and I,” are working hard polishing and tweaking each detail. Presentation of the Old National Bank-sponsored production will be Aug. 4-7.

  • COLUMN: Why we like living in Perry County, Indiana

    By JONATHAN and GRETCHEN PORIER

    We moved here last summer from the northeast where we lived most of our lives. One of the biggest differences we have noticed is that neighbors take the time to stop by and introduce themselves when we moved into the neighborhood, some even bearing gifts such as cookies!

    Recently, I was unsuccessful with an attempt to start a lawn mower. Another neighbor, whom I hadn’t met yet, came over and offered the use of theirs. Another example occurred when we were raking up leaves during spring cleaning.