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Today's Opinions

  • Workers need 21st-century strategy to ensure future

    This editorial first appeared in the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star.

     

    The preservation of more than 800 Hoosiers’ jobs restores their hope and eases their worries going into 2017. For most working-class folks, such peace of mind is a daily goal.

    A deal struck between the state of Indiana and Carrier Corp. – brokered by President-elect Donald Trump – led the heating-and-cooling company to keep open its plant on Indianapolis’ west side. The company got $7 million in taxpayer-funded breaks to stay in Indiana.

  • Don’t get cheated this holiday season

    It’s the busiest time of the year for most of us. While retailers enjoy the extra business and we enjoy the holidays with family and friends, it’s also a time that can bring out the worst in scammers and con artists. In particular, all consumers should keep their guard up about scams involving their utility services.

    Here’s what typically happens: A consumer (often a small business) will receive a call from someone claiming to work for his or her utility.

  • Why fake news is dangerous

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.”

    He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it’s a safe bet that had he known about fake Internet news, he’d have said the same thing – except maybe with more pointed words.

  • Forget recount, let’s move on

    We found the news that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was requesting vote recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan surprising and disappointing.

    Stein obviously lost the election badly and there is no way that recounts in all of the states she is questioning would even give her the 5 percent of the vote necessary for the Green Party to qualify for federal funds in the next election.

  • The naked woman in my shower (again)

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    A late-season visitor to my house last week reminded me of this column, first published several years ago.

     

    For someone accustomed to showering alone, the appearance of a naked stranger in the bathroom can be a bit alarming. I was bleary-eyed tired but sober and one-night stands have never been my style. Nevertheless, I climb-ed in a couple of weeks ago, more than willing to share my body wash with the long-legged lady. 

  • Horse Rescue South says thanks

    Horse Rescue South would like to say a very special thank you to all of the businesses,  companies and people who have supported us recently.

    Thank you to Mike and Becky Thorn, Todd Dauby, Arron Van Winkle and Terry and Sue Rogers for all the hay they donated.

  • Why our generation is losing faith in the electoral process

    JENNIFER HAUSER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Last month something occurred in our general election that has only transpired five times in the 240 year existence of our nation, the president-elect was not the winner of the popular vote.

    Hillary Clinton received 61,039,676 votes and Donald Trump received 60,371,193 which would make Secretary Clinton the winner, right? Wrong. In our country we have what is known as the Electoral College to make the final determination of who has won the presidency in the election.

  • Thinking about health

    TRUDY LIEBERMANN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Surprise medical bills spell big trouble for consumers, especially those who find themselves in an emergency room. Such “surprises” have surfaced as a major patient problem, but because of entrenched healthcare interests, a solution is not likely any time soon.

    Here’s what happens. Patients arrive at the emergency room of a hospital that is in their insurer’s provider network. However, the physician who treats them is out of network.