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Today's Opinions

  • Small town crime, punishments should come with local influence

    Experts reached by The New York Times for a story about the high number and severity of prison sentences in small towns seem horrified over the disparity between that toughness and the relative laxness in large metropolitan areas. They say the size of the disparities undercuts the basic promise of equal protection under the law.

  • Action needed to curb growing national debt

    Sen. Dan Coats

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Over the summer, I was cleaning out some old documents, and I came across a press release from 1982, when I was a Member of the House for the 4th District of Indiana.

    Thirty-four years ago, I wrote about how we need to balance the federal budget, and how that cannot be done without slowing the growth of mandatory spending. I was alarmed at the rate of growth in mandatory programs and how Washington’s autopilot-spending had allowed Medicare to grow to the point where it reached $46 billion.

  • Spotlighting enviro issues

    Maureen Hayden

    Guest Column

     

    When three candidates for governor agreed to a trio of debates, all signed onto a list of issues to be discussed. Education, jobs and the economy will take center stage, along with health, social matters and “other issues as warranted.

    Jesse Kharbanda hopes that last category includes the environment.

  • Improving Hoosier education will take bold moves

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist

     

    When a new school year kicks off, you can count on two things: back-to-school sales and people (especially politicians) pretending to care about education. Both things are finished by September.

  • Labor Day has passed, but summer still here

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    As youngsters, it seemed time crawled. It seem-ed like the clock was in slow motion as kids awaited Christmas, for school to be out or a scheduled birthday party.

    Now, after the years have pilled up, one on top of another, decade on top of decade, it seems the clock is spinning to set a new land speed record.

    Time races by. It seems like we should just be planting flowers and tomato plants, not digging them up with the arrival of fall and the end of the growing season.

  • Moss needs consistent moisture and shade

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Moss no longer carries the stigma of being an undesirable plant. Some still refer to it as a problem but largely, folks are accepting of this somewhat opportunistic plant.

    Moss like it shady and moist and we don’t always have the moisture to maintain a nice lush garden of it. This year is certainly the exception.

  • The value of work

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With the arrival of Labor Day, I wonder if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of work as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life.

  • Stop stealing trash tags

    My name is Walter Baur, 85-year-old Korean War Veteran. I was denied a VA pension because I make too much money a month. I draw $1,325 in Social Security.

    The same day I was charged $20 for not putting trash stickers on four bags of trash. Why would I drag four bags of trash to alley and not put stickers on them? Then the same day, my truck and car had tires cut. Cost me $150. The next day, my trash stickers were cut off my trash. I had to put on two new stickers. Total of seven stickers in one week.