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OPINION April 25, 2015


No play in Vernon this year, but playwright understands
This is an open letter to Josie Campbell.
Dear Josie, I was so impressed with your performance in "Tripton Town Follies," especially your singing of "You're A Grand Ol' Flag," that I wrote a role of a younger sister just for you and included your song in my new play, "The Thun­derbolt of the Confederacy," for the 200th birthday celebration of Vernon, Indiana.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Former publisher heartened from reading Plain Dealer
I just received a shipment of back issues of Clas­sic Car magazine from my son, Ben Voiles. A copy of the April 2 edition of the Plain Dealer was used as packing material.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mom: Color Guard is special group
I wanted to say thank you for the article the Plain Dealer on the Jennings County High School Color Guard (March 12). We also received coverage in another newspaper and got about 30 seconds of televison time at the state boys basketball finals on Saturday, March 28.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

With president's record, what could possibly go wrong?
Let's see.
He let four Americans die in Benghazi as he went to bed because he needed his sleep the night before a long flight to Las Vegas the next day to campaign.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Leave emotions in check
I am writing in regards to Sue DeWine's recent op-ed piece "RFRA is affront to Hanover College" (Plain Dealer, April 2).
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stray dogs pose threat
What does a person have to do to get someone to take care of all the dogs that run free in Country Squire Lakes?
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Memories of April Fools' Day 1944
Thinking back on some of the April Fools' jokes I've known through the years, this is my most memorable one. I'd like to share it with you and your readers. Maybe they will get a chuckle or two from it as I do now when I look back on April 1, 1944.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

No rights for Christians
I am a Christian who has no rights.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Christian self examination
The recent discussion of Indiana's Religious Free­dom Restoration Act has had me thinking about lifestyles and perceptions of right and wrong, good and evil, or what constitutes sinning.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Holy Week irony in Indiana
Fifty-plus years ago, I was a skinny farm boy attending a small school in rural Kentucky. My sixth- and seventh-grade teacher was Mr. Donnie Lee. It was his first job, straight from university.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Editorial 'sorely lacking in details'
Your editorial on why Indiana is the worst state in America for passing the Religious Freedom Restora­tion Act is sorely lacking in details. (Re: "Legalizing discrimination," March 26.)
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Medicaid fraud story angers mom
This story really angers me. (Re: "Couple, employee charged with fraud," The Sun, March 24.)
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Let's enjoy Stellar 'bowling balls'
I enjoyed reading "Jess Wundren" on March 26 in which he referred to the Stellar Community projects in uptown North Vernon.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Don't waste money for campsites at Eco Lake Park
I think the money that might be spent on Eco Lake Park would be a waste. That place is nearly outside of Jennings County, almost in Columbus.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A remarkable twist for March Madness
It was incredible. Per­­haps, one might say unbelievable. It qualifies for "remarkable."
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Roof estimates seem high
I have to respond to the story about the new roof needed at the Jennings County Jail/Emergency 911/Rescue 20 complex. ("Jennings County Council: Bond needed," The Sun, March 24.)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MUTC good site for police training, zombie scenarios
Driving through the Muscatatuck Urban Train­ing Center in Butlerville, one sees cars, trucks and police cars stacked on their sides. The bombed appearances are for training there.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to attract pro firefighters
Re: "City hails state fire academy," March 19.
There are plenty of well-trained, competent firefighters out there.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

There is way too much greed, hatred, racism around
Freedom. What is it?
I can tell you what it is not. It's not for the good people; it's for the greedy people.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Park could be 'great asset'
I would like to see some people actually run some numbers on the potential for Eco Lake Park. (Re: "County has no business owning park," March 12.)
It seems like to me that Eco Lake Park would be a great asset for the county if they have RV camping.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


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