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Today's Opinions

  • One controversy shouldn’t alter nation’s view of Hoosiers

    GREG ZOELLER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    As Indiana’s attorney general, I have legal obligations as the lawyer to state government that do not permit me to provide specific legal analysis or advice to the public, but only to my government clients. But as attorney general, I want to reassure all Hoosiers that our Constitution provides strong protections for both religious liberties and protections against discrimination.

    The current issues involving state statutes can in no way lessen any constitutional rights.

  • Scouts thankful for successful fish fry

    St. Paul Boy Scout Troop 192 would like to gratefully thank all those who supported their recent fish fry at the parish hall.

    The attendance on March 20 was overwhelming. And thanks, too, to those who bought tickets but were unable to come.

    The event couldn’t have gone off as well as it did without the adult volunteers who gave their time in preparation, brought in desserts and served the food.

    The proceeds will help a lot with expenses for this summer’s camp.

    Thank you again for your support.

     

  • Perry County has role in ensuring equality for all

    Local gatherings of the public and Perry County’s state legislators used to be sleepy affairs, with discussions that usually centered on economic development, education and road funding. Those are, without doubt, important issues but most often there was very little disagreement or debate.

    Times and issues have changed.

  • Treat littering as a crime

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Stop littering! It’s a message often repeated, but one that has apparently yet to sink in the minds of the litterbugs of Perry County whose ugly handiwork can be seen alongside highways and county roads.

  • Read between the lines of Family Research Council’s attitudes on same-sex issues

    Regarding the column in the March 26 issue of the News by Rob Schwarzwalder of the Family Research Council, touting a survey that purports to show a majority of Americans remain clearly opposed to gay marriage, let me point out that his organization’s polling and research are of highly dubious quality.

  • Let’s really ‘fix’ Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    Editor’s Note: This editorial appeared in Wednesday’s Kokomo Tribune.

     

    On Tuesday, Gov. Pence called on the Indiana Legislature to “fix” the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which since its passage has brought intense ire upon the state.

    His fix? Amending the law to clarify it “does not give anyone a license to discriminate;” to make clear the law is not a legal defense for denying services to anyone.

  • Protecting the religious rights of Hoosiers

    Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

    State Representative

     

    With the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, Indiana became the 31st state in the nation to enact some form of religious protection into statute. Unfortunately, I have noticed considerable amounts of misinformation surrounding this issue and have received multiple questions regarding it. That is why I would like to take this opportunity to provide some clarity, as well as discuss what this law will and will not do.

  • Newspapers keeps communities informed

    I like newspapers.  I guess it started way back when I was a paperboy with Jerry and Dean Hagedorn. You know, back when your carrier was a kid.

    Maybe it was when I worked during my high- school years in the News’ production room with Ralph Alvey and Gary Hubert. I still like to pop in and smell the paper and ink.

    Anyway, I know I can get national and world news crazy fast through television and the Internet, but I still trust and depend on the Perry County News for local news – the stuff that really matters to me, my family and friends.