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Today's Opinions

  • Community foundation’s trivia night a win for everyone in Perry County

    There are several organizations in Perry County that try to assist groups and individuals who need help. Some rely almost exclusively on donations, but some try to hold fundraisers – with varying degrees of success.

    Five years ago, the Perry County Community Foundation decided to hold an annual trivia night to raise funds for its projects, and with the help of community businesses and individuals it has grown to be one of the most successful fundraisers in the county.

  • On the trail of Joe Biden

    By Don Steen

    Tuesday, Jan. 27, had been surprisingly merciful for what is usually a pretty hectic day for the news staff. The week’s edition of the Journal-Democrat was almost ready for the printers, the winter sun was already in retreat and I was looking forward to a long drive home down Indiana 66.

  • Coats: Repeal medical device tax

    Sen. Dan Coats
    Guest Columnist

    Winston Church-ill famously said that a nation trying to tax itself into prosperity “is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

    Unfortunately, one of Indiana’s most vibrant, growing industries is currently stuck in this position because of a small provision tucked away in the 2,000-page Obamacare law. The 2.3 percent excise tax on total sales of medical devices imposed by this law is hindering Hoosier innovation and job creation.

  • Food coalition thankful for community support

    On behalf of Jasper’s Food Pantry of Cannelton, I would like to thank the following for donations of food to the Perry County Food Pantry Coalition:

    American Legion Auxiliary, ATTC Manufacturing, Evangelical United Church of Christ, U.S. Forest Service, St. Pius confirmation class, Alpha Phi retired teachers, Oakwood Health Campus, Parker Hannifin, Tell City Junior Senior High School Renaissance Class, Chicago’s Pizza, Lois Hartman, and the local Girl Scouts.

  • Soup-supper fundraiser was a big success

    Cornerstone Christian School just can’t thank the community, school parents and the Freewill Baptist Church enough for the generous support during our recent soup supper fundraising event.

    Thanks to the donations of supplies, money, time and a lot of hard work, it was a great success.

    We asked for desserts and we got them. The amount provided by both the church and our school families was astounding!

    The way everyone pitched in to help with the shopping, peeling, chopping and cleaning up made the workload much lighter and a lot more fun.

  • Love is in the air ... I guess

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    I spied a dead skunk on Main Street in Tell City Friday morning and have seen and smelled other skunks – dead and alive – during recent travels.

    Yes, skunks are on the move as their mating season nears. Skunks burrow into their dens during winter but emerge from time to time to feed and, in late winter, to mate. I don’t know if the skunks I’ve seen are in the mood to mate or simply hungry. Perhaps their presence is a sign of an early spring. Who needs Groundhog Day (observed today)?

  • Pence’s tax-funded news service a bad idea

    Editor’s note: This letter was submitted before Gov. Pence’s announcement Thursday that he had terminated plans for the JustIN website.

    Stunned. That’s how I felt when I heard about Gov. Mike Pence’s bold overreach to toss the media aside and have state government run the news.

    His new taxpayer-funded news agency, which is headed by a former journalist, will write pre-written news stories and “break” news that will favor the Pence Administration.

  • There’s more to falling gas prices, and America’s long-term interests, than meets the eye

    Practically the entire country is enjoying the recent falling gasoline prices. We’ve become so used to protracted prices in the $3 to $4 per gallon range that $2 per gallon gasoline, and the prospect of further price declines if the price of crude oil continues to fall, seems like a reason to celebrate. At a time when so many people’s wages have been stagnant for years, a substantial reduction in the price of gasoline is a welcome relief to strained budgets.