• Politicians’ favorite words and phrases


    After more than 20 years in the journalism business, I’ve seen about every political message imaginable, from newspaper ads and 20-page manifestos to billboards and email blasts. I’ve moderated political forums that have ranged from the mild to the wild.

    On Election Day, I’ve collected everything from cards to combs, Emory boards to hand fans.

  • Respect for free press at risk


    Three excited young women appear strategically for TV shots behind President Donald Trump at the podium as he addresses a fervid campaign rally in an airport hangar outside Pittsburgh Saturday.

    They madly wave placards declaring “Women for Trump” and “Make America Strong Again” and jump up and down in pavlovian response to his cutting insults of the news media and whenever the crowd breaks out in chants of “CNN sucks!”

  • Let’s keep fear out of schools

    This editorial first appeared in the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star.


    The grief and shock from last week’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., is shared in the collective American conscience. The feelings of sadness, disbelief, helplessness, even rage, are more than any human being should ever have to endure.

  • Resource officers a school essential

    While still in the planning stages, a unified effort among Perry County schools aiming to find funding for a shared school resource officer is a step in the right direction. Just as it has been for decades, school safety is a paramount goal for not only those overseeing programs but for parents too. As for kids, security has become the norm for students, so the addition of a guard wouldn’t likely be much of an intrusion for most; only to those in the wrong.

  • CVB gift shop will be missed

    We were disappointed to learn that the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose office is located inside the Tell City Depot on Seventh Street, is phasing out its gift shop.

    We don’t regularly cover meetings of the CVB board but, as we understand it, the vote to close the gift shop divided its members, with some in favor of the decision while others wanted the store to stay.

  • Wastewater rate changes will be more fair

    New wastewater rate changes adopted by the Tell City Common Council last week will be more fair overall and should help those who live alone, which would include mainly elderly people on fixed incomes.

    But the system still has a bug or two that needs to be worked out.

    The previous rates charged the same minimum fee to anyone who used 3,000 gallons of water or less in a month, whether they used 1,800 or 2,999.

  • Our View: Engaging young Hoosiers in civics

    Communities around Indiana are increasingly tapping into an effective way that allows for the people to whom the long-term future belongs to help plan for it.

  • Indiana Senate should put brakes on payday loan bill

    Payday lenders across the state may have found a new way to skirt annual interest rate restrictions in a bill winding its way through the Indiana General Assembly.

    House Bill 1319, which passed the House last week by a 53-41 vote, would allow payday lenders to charge fees triple what Indiana law currently defines as criminal loan-sharking.

    The bill would allow storefront lenders the ability to offer short-term loans – typically about two weeks – of $605 to $1,500 with annual percentage rates up to 222 percent.

  • OUR VIEW: Drug abuse pulls at the fabric of our community

    The arrests of more than 20 people last week in a joint drug sweep was, as we see it, good news and bad news.

    Police deserve credit for their work to track, identify and apprehend people accused of dealing and possessing narcotics ... methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pain pills ... that are too often bought and sold.

    The bad news is that the arrests were likely just the tip of the iceberg and evidence of how large and damaging our local drug problem is.

  • House committee made right choice on gun license repeal

    An Indiana House committee did the right thing in dumping a proposal to repeal the state’s handgun licensing law.

    Last week, the House Public Policy Committee stripped a bill of language that would have repealed Indiana’s permit requirement to carry a handgun.

    According to an Indianapolis Star report, Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, the bill’s sponsor, introduced an amendment last Wednesday that voided his own bill – much to the surprise of law enforcement officers who had come to testify against the proposal due to safety concerns.