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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: The man trying to keep Cannelton Schools alive

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Alva Sibbitt and I had breakfast a couple of weeks ago. We talked about a lot of things over the course of an hour. The focus was on his work as Cannelton City Schools superintendent.

  • EDITORIAL: Get on board the Indiana Bicentennial Train

    Henry Ford famously said, “History is bunk.” But most leaders in any walk of life feel history is important because it is what makes the present and lessons from it can be used to guide our future.

    With Indiana’s bicentennial coming up in 2016, many groups, including one here in Perry County, have begun planning several worthwhile events that will help us reflect on our state’s history.

    Naturally the Indiana Historical Society is getting involved in planning for the bicentennial, as well.

  • Work share program needed in Indiana

    Work share is a positive option for both companies and their employees in times of economic need. It is a voluntary program that allows employers to maintain skilled and stable workforces during temporary economic downturns. It allows employees to keep their jobs and benefits instead of facing unemployment and further financial uncertainty. And the state wins through a reduction in job losses.

  • School-board vote on vacation-time issue was based on facts

    The matter of the vacation time for administrative assistant Bruce Chinn came up in a May 13, 2014, meeting of the Tell City-Troy Township School Board.

    (Board member) Sherry Flynn passed a note to then Superintendent Lynn Blinzinger which said, “Keep Bruce’s contract as is. Do not approve 107 days in one year’s vacation time. Instead pay him for those days that are on his check stub at his daily rate. If it is on his check stub, we owe him. If it is not, we don’t. In my opinion, this is unreasonable.”

  • Focusing on farmers

    By STATE REP. LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74

    Agriculture is such a large aspect of Indiana’s communities, history and economy, so each year the General Assembly addresses issues that are brought forth by farmers and those in the industry from across the state.

    I was proud this year to support various efforts dealing with agriculture ranging from the release of animal veterinary records to agricultural seed testing.

  • Community owes Officer Micah Jackson a big thank you

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Lots of people volunteer their time to worthwhile causes, but I can’t think of anyone I know who has devoted more of his time than Micah Jackson has to the Cannelton Police Department.

    Jackson has worked as a police reserve patrolman there for close to a decade and has given literally thousands of hours to the city and its residents. He’s also been a proud supporter of law enforcement across the county.

  • United Way deserves our renewed support

    United Way of Perry County’s yearly campaign is in full swing and your help is needed to make it a success. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $130,000 for support groups that provide important services in our community. Our combined gifts to United Way will help build our community and make Perry County a better place to live and work.

  • Where does the money go?

    Judy Perez
    Hoosier National Forest
     
    National forests belong to the American public. They are yours, mine and ours. So, you might ask, “Why can’t I do what I want when I am visiting the Hoosier National Forest?”