Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: A smattering of tidbits

    By the Side of the Road

    A couple of years ago, I picked up a book titled “Secret Lives of Great Authors,” by Robert Schnakenberg. It had a certain appeal, much like the National Inquirer, which is in the business of publishing quirky and outlandish tidbits about famous people.

  • COLUMN: Helping shape young minds

    Feature Writer

    I had a very rewarding experience a few weeks ago.

    I was asked to judge the photography projects of 4-H’ers in the third through fifth grades during the annual Perry County 4-H Fair. I readily accepted the challenge and was very excited – albeit a little nervous – when I showed up to the fairgrounds July 8.

  • EDITORIAL: USOC should have required uniforms to be made in U.S.

    “You’d think they’d know better,” said U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner when it was revealed that Ralph Lauren had the uniforms U.S. athletes will wear at the Olympic Games opening ceremonies made in China.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was less restrained. “I think the (U.S.) Olympic Committee should be ashamed of themselves,” he said. “I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them.”

  • LETTER: Auction benefits Living Bread Food Pantry

    I am writing this letter to thank the following businesses and individuals that contributed to the seventh annual Living Bread Food Pantry Auction that was held May 29. With their help we were able to raise close to $2,200 this year and close to $15,000 over the past seven years.

  • COLUMN: Adjusting to the smoking ban

    District 73 State Representative

    Several new Indiana went into effect July 1 regarding public health. This was a popular topic of discussion this past legislative session, and it’s important for everyone to be aware of the changes Indiana is making.

    Among the list of public health legislation that was passed this session, the Indiana General Assembly approved a statewide smoking ban.

  • COLUMN: A visit with King Henry


    I’ve been to the tombs of plenty of famous people, presidents, kings, queens and emperors. I’ve been to the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Joyce, Edgar Alan Poe and Thomas Jefferson. I’ve stood near the tombstones and memorials of popes and princes but it was the grave of a king and queen I was thinking of Friday.

  • EDITORIAL: Our state’s $2.15 billion surplus – good and bad

    The fiscal year for our state ended June 30 and as it came to a close, state auditor Tim Berry reported a surplus of $2.15 billion in Indiana’s coffers; a hefty amount considering the current situation of the economy.

    Naturally, there are different ways to look at the news of the surplus. You can take it as our state government doing what most haven’t in the down economy – they lived within their means, tightened belts when needed and sacrificed a lot to keep the numbers in the black. Basically, our elected officials did their jobs.

  • LETTER: Pray with full confidence

    If we are going to pray for rain, we must do it in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, being moved by the wind and blown here and there.

    For that man must not expect to receive anything from the Lord, since he is a double-minded man, unsettled in all his ways.
        -- James 1:6-8

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