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Today's Opinions

  • On the road to Christmas

    I used to devise all kinds of ways to count down the days to Christmas. I was that eager to wrap up a semester at school and welcome Santa and his presents under the tree.

    The longing began in church, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving, with the lighting of the first Advent candle. A wreath with four candles was placed in the front of our church at New Boston and each week another candle was lit, leading up to the weekend before Christmas. Advent, from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” is the four-week period before the nativity of Jesus.

  • Bishops, abortion and life issues

    The Perry County News is to be commended on its willingness to bring life issues to the attention of its readers. A Nov. 17 editorial reported a group of bishops saying that opposing abortion is of first importance among the life issues.

    One might rightfully ask: How does this group of bishops have the authority to make this evaluation? Suppose someone else were to think that capital punishment is of first importance? Indeed.

  • Thank you soldiers, families for your dedication

    A moment hasn't gone by for family members of Indiana National Guard soldiers based at the Tell City armory when they didn't think about their loved ones deployed to Iraq.

    Wondering if they're safe from enemy fire; wondering when, and if, they will see their soldiers' smiling faces, and children asking when their mom or dad is coming home.

    But all of the worrying has come to an end. They're home. Indiana's citizen-soldiers — fathers, mothers, sons and daughters — are now safe and sound on United States soil.

  • Don't lose your holiday spirit

    The trampling death of a man inside a Wal-Mart the day after Thanksgiving should give us all pause on what the holidays are all about, or at least what they shouldn't be about.

    Perry County is a long ways off from the Valley Stream, N.Y., Wal-Mart where temporary worker Jdimytai Damour was trampled by an oncoming 5 a.m. rush of shoppers. Damour was killed as he tried opening the store's doors. Some shoppers tried to help him but many others stepped over his body en route to bargains.

  • U.S. Treasury's capital purchase program boosts confidence, credit

    Many banks are getting a boost through the U.S. Treasury's Capital Purchase Plan, in which the U.S. Treasury is investing $250 billion in banks that are approved by their primary regulators and the U.S. Treasury to participate.

    In addition to helping banks, the American consumer also will realize a significant benefit from the program.   

  • Open letter to President-elect Barack Obama

    Hope was mentioned now and again as you campaigned for the office you will assume in January. We have some hopes we’d like to see you fulfill once there.

    This is not simply a wish list. Failure to pursue honorable courses of action threatens this nation in ways most of us don’t care to imagine. We don’t care to forecast, for example, what might become of our country if our largest banks and other companies tuck our hundreds of billions of dollars in bailout money into their pockets and walk away, leaving many of us without homes and jobs.

  • Plenty to be thankful for

    I wasn’t always kind to Thanksgiving. For the first two-thirds of my 41 years, I under-appreciated the holiday. As a child, the event seemed best suited for grownups, who like to chat around the kitchen table eating turkey and pumpkin pie.  

    For me back then, Thanksgiving was a welcome four-day weekend away from school and the signal that Christmas was near.

  • The roots of our Thanksgiving

    Editor’s Note: This text of President George Washington’s Oct. 3, 1789, national Thanksgiving proclamation was printed in The Providence Gazette and Country Journal and is printed with original spellings, capitalization and punctuation.

    It was submitted by Freewill Baptist Church in Cannelton to commemorate Thursday’s observance of the holiday.