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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: NSA’s phone surveillance should be discontinued

    Most Americans hate it when their government tries to pull a fast one on them by shrouding its actions in secrecy.

    They reason correctly that if government officials truly believed their moves were legitimate, they wouldn’t feel the need to try to hide them from the public.

    Thus it was no surprise that the recent disclosure of the National Security Agency’s secretly intercepting millions of telephone records and e-mails sparked outrage by many from both ends of the political spectrum, though it also had defenders on both sides of the aisle.

  • LETTER: Good education valuable, private or public

    This is in response to the Perry County News’ June 3 editorial, “We should fear government ‘help’ for education.”

    A large part of the editorial addresses school closings in Chicago and the reasons for the closings. One possible reason given was the addition of 50,000 charter school seats during a decade when schools lost 30,000 students. I am not sure whether there is an implication that the school student loss was the charter schools’ gain.

  • LETTER: New jobs vital to community’s health

    As the business agent for Boilermakers Local 374 here in southern Indiana, I represent approximately 500 men and women. These people don’t just work here, but they live here as well.

    My job as their representative isn’t merely to make sure they are being treated fairly on the job, to make sure they are being paid correctly according to the contract and to make sure their work conditions are safe.

    My job is to also find them jobs. Not just jobs for now, but also possible jobs for the future.

  • COLUMN: Heard here and there

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    One of my not always small list of faults is a tendency to not put on paper the comments I hear from readers when outside the office. Whether phone calls, e-mails I receive at home or comments heard when I’m out and about, I am the happy recipient of regular ideas, tips, complaints and suggestions for stories, features and, on occasion, this column. I just don’t always remember them or jot them down, so I will.

  • EDITORIAL: It’s now or never for 7th Street’s Obrecht House

    It’s hard for us to point fingers at any one person whose property is in need of repair, but the sorry state of the Obrecht House on Tell City’s Seventh Street is one that warrants community concern and this editorial.

    The home needs repaired and restored or it needs to be torn down. It’s that simple.

    Let us say, up front, that we hope the home is saved and we would be overjoyed if the current owner, Carolyn Barr, would follow through with her pledge, published in the newspaper a few weeks ago, to return the home to its past glory.

  • LETTER: Supporters helped Stepping Stones students

    The staff of Stepping Stones Preschool would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to the following businesses and individuals who helped make our 2012-2013 school year a success, your support is essential to our program.

    First we want to thank Father Brian Esarey, Janet and the St. Augustine Parish for sharing their space with us.

    Thank you to McDonald’s, Subway, Sonic and Arby’s for providing meal certificates for our Families Reading with Redgie reading incentive program.

  • LETTER: North Perry Head Start had successful year

    Lincoln Hills Development Corp. North Perry Head Start would like to thank the following people and organizations for their continued support during this school year.

  • COLUMN: Tossing a lifeline to those in need

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    A story was brought to my attention recently, and I want to do everything in my power to make sure that this does not happen in Indiana. A few weeks ago, a student at Arizona State University was put in a wheelchair and left in the emergency room lobby with nothing but a post-it note saying “I’ve been drinking, and I need some help.”