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Today's Opinions

  • Feeding Marion County

    By Gary Miles

    While we may not like to admit it, hunger is everywhere, in every single community, including Marion County.
    While the economy has been improving, food insecurity and poverty remain higher than before the Great Recession of 2008 began. And while food insecurity rates have declined, the millions of people still facing hunger could be falling further behind.

  • Letter to the editor: Pluses and minuses of reorganization of schools

    The recent reorganization of the middle schools in Marion County may turn out to be a good idea. It makes it possible to balance the student numbers and possibly offer more elective courses. There are probably other improvements made possible by this new arrangement. Good creative leadership here!
    The need to reassign teachers is inevitable, and even though it is upsetting, it is just part of the job and is needed to best serve the students. Hopefully, this will better prepare our students for the future.

  • Letter to the editor: Old Glory
  • New program helps young adults ‘gear up’ for manufacturing careers

    By Trish Niles

    As a member of the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board (LTWDB) and a human resource professional, I can relay firsthand our region’s growing demand for skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. At the same time, we know there are young adults living in our region who are interested in meaningful careers in manufacturing, but need help to get a successful start.

  • We should all show respect to ‘Old Glory’

    The Stars and Stripes have long represented the values and history of the United States, but oftentimes we do not know or fully understand how to respect “Old Glory’s” presence. On June 14, 2017, we celebrate the annual Flag Day to honor our nation’s emblem. In light of that holiday, Memorial Day, and the quickly-approaching Fourth of July, I thought it relevant to share some of the United States’ tradition, regulations, and laws pertaining to the American flag, all of which can be found in various government publications.

  • We should all show respect to ‘Old Glory’

    The Stars and Stripes have long represented the values and history of the United States, but oftentimes we do not know or fully understand how to respect “Old Glory’s” presence. On June 14, 2017, we celebrate the annual Flag Day to honor our nation’s emblem. In light of that holiday, Memorial Day, and the quickly-approaching Fourth of July, I thought it relevant to share some of the United States’ tradition, regulations, and laws pertaining to the American flag, all of which can be found in various government publications.

  • Trump’s budget a disaster for Marion County’s future

    By Ricky Dale Calhoun, PhD
    Guest columnist

  • Speak up about your pension