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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Timing curious for EPA announcement

    Most responsible citizens don’t want to destroy their environment, but most people also don’t want to pay sharply higher utility bills or hurt their state’s economy when it is still recovering from the Great Recession.

    Many people say the latter cases will be the trade-off that states that rely heavily on coal to produce electricity will face as a result of the Obama administration’s edict last week that existing power plants must reduce their carbon emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

  • Protecting wilderness areas is vital

    RICHARD YOUNG
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Indiana’s natural lands hold numerous benefits. The wilderness is more than an empty prairie or sparse forest. It provides a place for recreation, food supply, environmental gains and economic benefits for local communities.

    The wilderness is important to Hoosiers as watersheds provide clean drinking water; the land filters the air we breathe, is home to countless animals, and is a place for rest and relaxation in the form of camping, hunting, fishing, and water sports.

  • LETTER: There is no coercion in obtaining signatures

    This letter is in response to the May 26 News editorial, “Base annexation debate on the facts, not rumors.”

    I completely agree that the Perry County News has not taken sides, has not taken a stand, and has been neutral on the whole thing. And I applaud you for that.

    About your concerns of what Randy Cole said, maybe I can help clear it up. When we had the first petition drive in February, I personally went door to door to get people’s opinions, and signatures.

  • LETTER: Runners, walkers made their moms proud

    We want to thank everyone who helped make the Run for Your Mother 5K Fun Run-Walk on Mother’s Day such a huge success. We had 211 people registered.

    From individuals to entire families, people of all ages were running and walking in honor of their moms. It was a wonderful day.

  • COLUMN: A lucky catch

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    When I was in high school, I was like most boys back then. I spent as much time as possible outdoors running, swimming and exploring the woods and creeks and lakes in this part of the world. Every few months my Boy Scout troop went on a camping trip and to me, that was as good as it got.

  • COLUMN: Bonus-hour suggestions

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I try to get up extra early at least a couple of days a week, especially during summer. If you haven’t done that lately, this is the time of the year to set the alarm a couple of hours early, even if just once a week. You’ll be taking advantage of all the extra sunlight Mother Nature blesses us with to get more done.

  • EDITORIAL: Class of 2014: We have one request before you go …

    One of the speakers at the Tell City Junior-Senior High School graduation ceremony this year made a point that made us stop and think for a moment. We can’t recall who said it or the exact words, but the point was this:

    We entered kindergarten in August 2001.

    The events which occurred since then, in particular those of September 2001, have made this a very different world compared to how it looked that first day.

  • COLUMN - Why I still have faith in Congress, despite poll numbers

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short. In angry diatribes or in resigned comments, people make clear their dwindling confidence in both politicians and the institution itself.