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Today's Opinions

  • Donations help Martin’s Cloak Food Pantry

    We at Martin’s Cloak Food Pantry want to say thank you to all in the area who have donated to the Perry County Food Coalition.

  • Respecting religious diversity

     

    By Vince Luecke

    It’s Lent and I’ve been doing my best to follow the ages-old Christian tradition of trying to amend my life – at least a little – during the 40 days leading up to Easter.

  • Thank you, road crews

    Wintry weather is hard on lots of us but few face a more daunting task than clearing our highways and streets. Most areas of the county received 10 inches to a foot of snow Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, and while warmer temperatures promise to melt the heavy white blanket, we want to extend thanks to everyone who works to clear snow and ice.

  • The role of Congress and learning to be a citizen

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress

     

    The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

    I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook. Democracy is no spectator sport and citizens are not passive consumers.

  • Leave Indiana’s common construction wage law in place

    JOHN GREGG

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Folks, who know me well, know I love history. History is a great teacher – and what happened last week in the Indiana House of Representatives reminded me of that.

    In darkest days of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt passed the Davis-Bacon Act, which created something known as the common-construction wage or prevailing wage.

  • A classy lady

    Vince Luecke

     

    I think Gayle Strassell was a little surprised on that Tuesday evening in 2003. It was the day she was elected Tell City’s mayor. I have to admit I was a little surprised, too.

  • Testing of Indiana’s students excessive

    As a parent and grandparent, I believe parents are the first and primary teachers of their children.

    And a parent does not surrender parental rights to the public school system when a child enters kindergarten.

    As a parent, one remains responsible for their child’s continuing education until the child reaches the age of majority or adulthood.

    Having said this, I’m encouraging parents to get actively involved in Indiana’s statewide testing mandates for the so called ISTEP.

  • Editorial: Improve access to health care for kids

    A study from the Centers for Disease Control on infant-mortality rates shows the United States, as of 2010, had considerably higher rates than those of almost all other wealthy countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

    This study represents only the latest in what has become a persistent challenge to the nation, and the state of Indiana, on this forlorn front.