Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Thanks for making parade another big hit

    On behalf of the Harry G. Myers Auxiliary, Cannelton American Legion Christmas Parade Committee, I would like to thank those individuals who helped make the parade a success.

    I would like to thank Mayor Mary Snyder and her staff, the utilities, water and street departments. I would also like to thank the grand marshals, Dave Reed, Mary Stephens and Ruth Lawalin, the American Legion Harry G. Myers Post 142 and the judges.

  • COLUMN: Caleb Mills helped build the Indiana public school system

    Guest Columnist

    Andrea Neal is a teacher at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis and an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation. This is one in a series of essays leading up to the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial in December 2016.

    Indiana’s 1816 Constitution called for a statewide system of free public schools but it didn’t happen until the 1850s – after education reformers demanded it.

  • COLUMN: Once in Royal David’s city

    Guest Columnist

    The ancient scriptures tell us the story of a census, a time for everyone to register with the government and enroll with the powers that ruled over them. A young carpenter took his wife to Bethlehem because that was the city of David, and the story tells us, that is where the Roman ruler required them to go so they could be taxed.

  • EDITORIAL: America violates its own ideals in torturing prisoners

    The first definition of the noun ideal in the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is “a standard of perfection, beauty or excellence. Although it has fallen short now and again, this nation was built upon a number of ideals that makes many of us proud to have been born and raised here.

    One of those ideals is our sense of justice. Evidence was presented last week – in the form of 525 pages of executive summary – that many actions have been taken in our name that violate our deep-seated ideas of justice.

  • COLUMN: Close Christmas encounters of the family kind

    Guest Columnist

    A few Christmases back, my wife Leonna and I drove to Tennessee to visit her sister and family who live in a rural area near Clarksville. They reside on three acres in a charming two-story ranch house with their three young boys and older daughter.

    I was looking forward to the visit because I hadn’t been able to spend time with the younger children since they were born.

  • LETTER: Why do drunk drivers get slaps on the wrist?

    My wife, Donna, was killed by a drunk driver Sept. 24, four days before her birthday in Dubois County north of Ferdinand on Indiana 162.

    Instead of celebrating her birthday, we had to bury her. This was not the first time he was caught driving drunk. Two years ago he was caught drinking and driving and was just put on probation. He just got off probation in March of this year. On Sept. 24 he was driving drunk again, three times the legal limit and traveling 19 miles an hour over the speed limit and this time a very kind and loving woman lost her life.

  • LETTER: Winter has come early and some people need help with paying high heating bills

    Winter has come early this year and along with that will be higher heating bills for all of us. Several years ago, Ohio Valley Gas Corp. established a “gas help fund” to help struggling families pay their gas bills. This fund is owned by the Ohio Valley Gas and is administered by Catholic Charities.

    Currently, this fund is perilously low on funds. Any donation made to the gas help fund will be matched by the board of directors of Ohio Valley Gas. This, in effect, doubles the amount of money that can be donated to this fund.

  • COLUMN: Why some people don’t vote

    Guest Columnist

    In May, Indiana voters decided 10 school referendums. Nine passed. This November, two referendums were decided.

    Both were defeated.

    Since November 2009, 66 percent of referendums in May have passed. Only 38 percent of referendums in November have passed.

    Let’s think up a story about voting and see if we can explain these results.