Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Right-to-work legislation is not anti-union

    I’d like to start by saying that I know and like Dale Groves and I don’t think for a moment that he is a liar. I believe that he is convinced that the falsehoods in his letter (Jan. 26 issue) are true much like some folks believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa.

    I will address his points but first a short story. Years ago I worked at a union factory that was considering going on strike. A public meeting was held at Tell City High School’s auditorium and hundreds of members were present when the union rep, an unapologetic thug, began to speak.

  • COLUMN: Big Brothers-Big Sisters needs community’s support

    By LINDA REED, Guest Columnist

    I am interested in meeting with Perry County community leaders to discuss the Big Brothers-Big Sisters mentoring programs. Big Brothers-Big Sisters has been involved with Perry County youth since 2000 as a result of a 1997 Leadership Perry County class project.

    This meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Perry County Library.

  • COLUMN: Candles and St. Blaise

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I try to get to weekday church at least once every couple of weeks. Friday was such a day. I went because it was the feast day of St. Blaise and because I was happy to be on the upswing from a nasty bug of some type that kept me on my back the previous day.

    It’s on Saint Blaise Day that in some churches the throats of the faithful are blessed, usually with a pair of candles. Father Dennis did that after Mass Friday morning.

    Why the throat?

  • EDITORIAL: Partial smoking ban better than none

    Politicians today are often criticized for their unwillingness to compromise, but in many cases it seems they are merely following the examples of their constituents.

    Last year when the Indiana Senate considered a ban on smoking in many public places, several health advocates — including the American Cancer Society — complained that the bill was too weak. Thus the Senate Public Policy Committee decided to vote the bill down and instead of a ban on smoking in some public places, it was banned in none.

  • LETTER: County not likely to profit from new jail

    The past two issues of this paper have reported concerns about the cost, financing and even the location of a new county jail by one resident. Well since it’s the dead of winter and I have more time on hand than work, I figured I would add my thoughts on this matter.

    First of all, the idea of building a new jail anywhere but near the present courthouse is a moot point in my opinion.

    The added cost of transporting inmates, procuring land and developing it would make this a prohibitive measure.

  • COLUMN: To protect human rights, companies must exit Iran

    By MARK WALLACE and IRWIN COTLER, Guest Columnists

    Late last year, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on human rights, Ahmed Shaheed, briefed the General Assembly about the state of human rights in Iran, and he painted an extremely bleak picture.

  • COLUMN: Help through trying times

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    My father died the morning of Jan. 16. Losing a parent to a terminal illness has to be one of the most challenging things an adult can face.

    My father, whose legal name was John but who was known by most of his friends as Paul, suffered from lung cancer for about two years. He died peacefully in his sleep and for a loved one who knew he wasn’t going to get better, a quiet death is a blessing. I felt guilty saying that to myself and to others over the past week, but I no longer have any reservations.

  • EDITORIAL: Air quality, job opportunities know no borders

    A front-page story today shares news from a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed coal-gasification plant in Spencer County. While that county’s leaders will have a say in whether the $2.65 billion project moves forward, those of us in Perry County should have input into the suitability of the plant.

    When it comes to air quality, what passes over Spencer County crosses into Perry. We breathe the same air.