Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Unless we rise up, government will never change

    I agree with Lee Hamilton about Congress except for one thing. He doesn’t point out that Congress has passed more than 30 bipartisan jobs bills and sent them to the Senate. So what is the problem? Harry Reid doesn’t let the bills be brought to the floor for votes. Why would he be doing this? Because the progressive Democrats, not all Democrats, are trying to show that the Republican Congress can’t create job bills so the Democrats can win the Congress back.

  • COLUMN: Tis the season for bees to be swarming

    Guest Columnist

    It happens every spring in temperate regions of the world. Just as surely as the days get longer, the grass turns green and the flowers bloom, the social insects swarm.

    In general, the term swarm is used to describe any aggregation of animals. It could be a group of birds or even snakes. For most of us, the term is used to describe a group of insects, such as mosquitoes or locusts.

  • COLUMN: The end of the world has never been so funny

    Film Reviewer

  • COLUMN: Building communities

    Guest Columnist

    Ronald Reagan once said, “No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” As we fight to reign in the size and scope of our national government, I am reminded that the strength of our communities doesn’t lie in what our government provides for us; it is about the quality and character of good, hardworking people and the bond we have with one another to help those in need.

  • 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


    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.