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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Insight into sheriff’s department

    By LEE CHESTNUT
    Guest Columnist

    As your elected sheriff, I want the community to be aware of how the sheriff’s department is involved in situations affecting the county. As I said from the start of my term, I want the public to feel comfortable talking with me, especially about concerns or complaints. There has been a lot of coverage about the new jail and animal-control officer in recent months, and I would like to take the time to explain my position on these matters.

  • EDITORIAL: Cannelton Schools: Put meaning back into handshakes, signatures

    “It’s unfortunate that a handshake doesn’t mean what it used to,” lamented a teachers’ representative at the last Cannelton School Board meeting.

    A signature has little value in the corporation, as well.

    Janet Abrams, with the Indiana State Teachers Association, had just said at the board’s Sept. 20 meeting the teachers had agreed to some requests from Schools Superintendent Al Sibbitt, and shook hands before parting ways.

  • LETTER: Local Perry County residents show community spirit

    On behalf of the Rome Cemetery Association, we wish to thank William J. Coomer and his wife, Carolyn L. Coomer, for their very generous gift of a large parcel of land to expand the already full Lamb-Rowe local landmark cemetery.

    These rural, out-of-the-way cemeteries are often overlooked and almost forgotten. But for the families whose descendants go back centuries and wish to continue their heritage in Perry County, it is important they have the opportunity to do so.

  • LETTER: Tell City is a great hometown

    I’m a traveling surgical technologist and in the past five years I’ve worked in a lot of different places, but Tell City has been the best by far in my opinion.

    It is truly a little hometown where people are still kind to strangers and treat you like family.

    Just in case you don’t know what you have in Tell City let me tell you that the people at Perry County Memorial Hospital are some of the most compassionate caregivers that I have had the privilege to work with.

  • LETTER : Your vote for school board is important

    As you may have heard, I have decided to run for Tell City-Troy Township School Board. I’ve been asked why I would want to be a school-board member.

    My youngest of three children, all of whom attended Tell City Schools, will graduate from Tell City High School this year. The answer is simple: I care about our community.

    My family and I are lifelong residents of Tell City. My wife grew up in Troy and most of her family still resides there. My business, my friends and my future are all connected to Tell City and Troy Township.

  • COLUMN: No regrets over immigration

    By GREG ZOELLER
    Indiana Attorney General

    In today’s politically charged environment where accusations are leveled against a person’s character purely for political gain, the unique role of the Indiana Attorney General makes him an easy target.

    I have been proud to serve the people of Indiana as their elected attorney general, the lawyer for the state of Indiana. Other people, including state officials sometimes disagree with my legal decisions.

  • EDITORIAL: What’s wrong with this picture? USPS picks winners and losers

    The newspaper business – both small and large papers – has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to purposely entice advertising out of the newspaper so ads can be placed instead with USPS-favored stakeholder Valassis Inc., which bought direct-mail company ADVO in 2006.

  • EDITORIAL: Indiana adults can take a lesson from Indiana kids

    During a presidential-election year, the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Secretary of State and the Indiana Department of Education sponsor a program called Indiana Kids’ Election. This mock election allows Hoosier students in kindergarten through 12th grades to go through the voting process Nov. 6, just as their parents, grandparents and other adults will do.