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Today's Opinions

  • Baron Hill and cap-and-trade

    District Democrat Rep. Brad Ellsworth stated recently that a proposed cap-and-trade bill would be especially tough on Indiana. "The bill would place undue burdens on Indiana families and businesses, and particularly in these tough economic times, I could not support it," Ellsworth said.

    President Obama, himself, said that the bill would bankrupt the coal industry.

  • Director Michael Mann is real criminal in 'Public Enemies'

    "Public Enemies," the latest from director Michael Mann ("Heat," "Collateral"), is a strangely quiet mess of a movie.  I expected the story of popular outlaw John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp in a toned down but enjoyable performance) to be more cinematic and interesting.

  • Licensing tax preparers would benefit everyone

    Indiana just avoided a state government shutdown after longer than usual budget negotiations prompted by the state's now taking in less tax revenue than in recent years.

    And our federal government is running up record budget deficits to try to get the economy going again.

    But one idea recently suggested by Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman could help federal and state governments collect more tax revenues regardless of the state of the economy.

  • Alert public to job openings

    I'm not going to weigh in on today's front-page story on the apparent proposal to combine the duties of administrative assistants to county commissioners and the office of planning and zoning.

    Commissioners will take up that issue this evening, but one of the topics raised during Wednesday evening's meeting of the plan commission is worth my two cents: that of how positions with the county are advertised and filled.

  • 4-H'ers: It's your time to shine

    It's hard to focus on positives with so many negative events going on in our world. Many people are frightened about our future, but I would like to extend a special invitation to all Perry County residents to come to the 4-H fair (July 12-19) to grasp a glimpse into an optimistic future.

    Perry County 4-H has many kids who are changing the world in a positive way and the 4-H fair is a time for the public to see what 4-H'ers are doing. It is an exciting time for youth to show off what they've learned in the past year, but they work on their 4-H projects year round.

  • In era of citizen journalism, tyranny faces uphill fight

    Perry County is half a world away from the nation and people of Iran, in distance and in culture, but we suspect a good number of our readers have seen or heard about the bravery of the many Iranians who are voicing the need for change in their land. These new revolutionaries offer a glimmer of hope for their nation and the world community.

  • Always pay the (Pied) piper

    If the Pied Piper came calling today, would you follow? For me, I suppose, it would depend on the tune.

    Last Friday marked the traditional date the legendary Pied Piper of Hamelin strolled out of the German town with its kinder in tow.  It's only been a few weeks since I talked with a vacationing friend who had just visited Lower Saxony, where Hamelin is found and I've had the legendary piper on my mind.

  • The only adult in the room

    In the June 11th issue of The News, Democrat (State Rep.) Russ Stilwell wrote a misleading piece titled Governor's budget would hurt Hoosiers. Here is what he didn't tell you.

    Gov. Mitch Daniels made an honest attempt to meet House Democrats in the middle but they wouldn't have it. The Democratic proposal violates all of the governor's parameters and will go down in history as the least taxpayer-friendly budget of all time. If this budget is adopted it is a surefire path to the bankruptcies and tax increases that many other states are experiencing.