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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s Note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun. Virginia’s letter and Church’s reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • COLUMN: Memories of Perry County chestnut trees remain

    By LARRY MURDOCK, Guest Columnist

    The hilly woodlands of Perry County, Indiana, were once rich in American chestnuts. Tall trees they were, renowned for their rot-resistant wood, tannin-rich bark and sweet nuts people delighted in roasting at their winter fires.

  • LETTER: Suggestions for making Congress better

    This is an open letter to Congress, both the House and Senate, and members of both parties and independents.

    First, consider the national budget. There is no money for grants, subsidies, loans or bailouts. Stop looking for budget cuts. Look instead at the projected revenue, prioritize and decide what can be kept.

    Let the truth be known about Social Security. It was never supposed to be part of the national budget. Social Security did not go broke. Congress made it part of the budget to get access to (steal) the funds that were supposed to be held in trust.

  • COLUMN: A gateway to local government

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    Just in time for Christmas, or the holiday of your choice, Indiana’s Department of Local Government Finance has released its new Gateway data site. It contains a virtual ton of budget and tax information about counties, cities, towns and other local governments.

    You can see it at https://gateway.ifionline.org.

    A new toy! Let’s try it out.

  • COLUMN: A merry Christmas indeed

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The most common Christmastime complaint I hear isn’t about high prices or crowded stores, but the hesitancy of some people to use the word “Christmas” at all.

    Two people cornered me last weekend about how store greeters – I don’t remember the store’s name – offered everyone a “Happy Holidays” greeting when walking in the front door. They also complained of the headline “holiday parade.” They told me it should be “Christmas parade.”

  • EDITORIAL: Letting people raise their own taxes could be good move

    Despite the fact that American people are increasingly worried about the national debt and budget deficits and despite the fact that many important parts of federal and state government’s budgets – including education – have been cut to the bone, most politicians are still unwilling to raise taxes – even on our wealthiest citizens.

  • LETTER: TC’s Neighborhood Watch follows the rules

    I am writing in response to an editorial in The Perry County News Nov. 28. First of all, as founder of Tell City Neighborhood Watch, I would like to thank the community and city officials for the support we have received in response of launching the Neighborhood Watch program.

  • COLUMN: Zoeller: Courts must hold Congress’ authority in check

    By GREG ZOELLER, Indiana Attorney General

    On Nov. 14, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear five-and-a-half hours of oral argument on a lawsuit brought by 26 states, including Indiana, challenging the constitutionality of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Many people have asked why I oppose the new federal health-care law and I have gone out of my way to speak to those who support the new federal program and explain my decision to join the multistate lawsuit.