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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t forget what’s in the root cellar

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Perhaps this can be a reminder of the payoff of “putting up” the garden in spring, summer and fall: we have extended our homegrown eating pleasure into the winter months with some basic preservation methods.

    If you froze, dried, canned or otherwise preserved fresh fruits and vegetables in 2016, do not forget about them (or horde them for some unreasonable amount of time.)

  • Abolishing Obamacare rewards wealthy, punishes working families

    Guest Column by Frank Clemente and Ron Pollack

     

    Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans and would erode some rare progress made recently to reverse America’s growing economic inequality.

  • Lincoln play deserves more credit

    I have been very surprised that the premier presentation of “Here I Grew Up” (an Abraham Lincoln inspired play) was not recognized as one of the most newsworthy stories locally in 2016. The play was written by our own Chuck Phoelein and presented at Tell City High School in late July. Sharilyn Franzman was co-director and local talent filled the roles and stage crew admirably, including the author, himself, as a narrator.

  • Trump’s unsettled start reflective in Lincoln’s rocky rise

    Dick Hedrick

    By the Side of the Road

     

    I doubt that anyone would dispute the fact that the election of Donald Trump as our 45th president has been a wildly contentious and in many ways a unique episode in the life of our nation. It has certainly been the most offbeat and bizarre electoral contest in my 53 years as a voting member of society. However, a reading of history oftentimes helps put today’s chaotic nature of things in perspective.

  • Who cares if Kushner serves as Trump adviser?

    President-elect Donald Trump’s many critics can certainly find several things to complain about regarding people he has chosen to fill roles in his administration.

    But we think they would be best served by remembering the old rule about picking one’s battles and not worry about fighting the appointment of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a special adviser based on the federal anti-nepotism law.

  • Holcomb’s initial ideas would move the state in right direction

    This editorial first appeared in the (Bloomington) Herald-Times.

     

    Eric Holcomb became Indiana’s 51st governor in an inauguration ceremony Monday. The Republican is long on political experience as a former state party chairman but short on experience with governing as an elected official. Hoosiers will be well served if his skills with people and diplomacy overrule the instincts built over time to put his political party first.

  • Specialty seed catalogs deliver quality

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I have learned to be discerning when it comes to catalog shopping. I steer clear of outrageous or cheap deals.  I prefer the specialty catalog where expertise reigns, providing us with both a good product and the information to grow it well. 

  • Rebecca Fenn made Perry County a better place

    The end of one year and the beginning of another is a time of transition for many of us. It certainly has been for Rebecca Fenn, who left her role as director of United Way of Perry County at the end of the year. Her efforts in that role over the past 17 years deserve to be recognized.