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Editorials

  • Fish & Wildlife should ease Eagles Bluff restrictions

    The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department would like to put camping facilities for recreational vehicles at its Eagles Bluff Park but is barred from doing so under terms its board agreed to when it acquired the land from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2000.

    Times and conditions change, and we believe the camping facilities should be permitted, as they would be a money-maker for the parks department and keep it from being dependent on only grants and money from tight federal government budgets to fund its projects.

  • County should support quicker ambulance responses

     

    We don’t have statistics to back us up, but feel it’s safe to say people in general are reluctant to voluntarily pay more taxes.

    If we did have stats, we’re sure we could show that most of the approximately 45 people who assembled in the commissioners room at the county courthouse Jan. 23 were a statistical anomaly. As we reported Jan. 30, all or nearly all of them raised their hands when County Councilman Ron Crawford ask-end at a meeting Jan. 23 how many would support a tax increase to fund ambulance service based at the county garage.

  • Tax burden must be fair

    Local government leaders are anxiously watching the Indiana Legislature as it tinkers with yet another form of taxation this session.

    When word first started filtering out that eliminating a major source of income to cities and towns, the business personal property tax, was high on Gov. Mike Pence’s list, local government leaders became nervous. In a story published last Monday, we reported that the loss of revenue for Tell City alone could exceed $450,000.

  • Bill to standardize weather siren activation makes sense

    While most Perry Countians’ weather concerns are focused on winter, the threat of severe storms and tornadoes is always with us, no matter the season.

    A bill introduced this month in the Indiana Legislature may give some direction on one of the important ways many of us are alerted to pending severe weather, the thousands of warning sirens across our state.

  • City groups protecting look of downtown

    The meeting went quickly and there was no official action taken so the last meeting of the Tell City Technical Advisory Committee didn’t generate a story. However, we were happy to hear some of the comments made by committee members about the need to support development while ensuring new construction and renovation in the city are compatible with the surrounding areas.

  • Silvesternacht sure to become a Tell City tradition

    Congratulations to Tell City on a successful second Silvesternacht. Some of our staff were among the crowd that packed City Hall Park Tuesday night for the New Year’s Eve festivities.

    We echo the comments of many who voiced their appreciation that night for an opportunity to gather – as families and a community – to celebrate the arrival of 2014.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s Note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun. Virginia’s letter and Church’s reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • Tips on buying tech toys for children

    TEMPE, ARIZ. – Kids typically make it perfectly clear to parents what they want for holiday presents when it come to technology. What’s less clear is what is appropriate for different age groups.

    Arizona State University T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics Assistant Research Professor Mary Anne Duggan and Sanford School Graduate Research Associate Crystal Bryce offer guidelines on what’s appropriate to buy according to where children are in their developmental spectrum.

  • Ho hum holidays?

    TEMPE, ARIZ. - Tis the season to be jolly.
    That’s a tall order for some people during the holidays who may envision a time filled with too much to do, interactions with unpleasant family members and a season focused on things rather than experiences.  

    Arizona State University Associate Professor and family therapist Larry Dumka offers insight into making the most of the season by focusing on things that really matter to you and those you love.

    1. Ask yourself what you value about the holidays and clarify what is most meaningful to you.

  • Increased global grain production means lower prices for U.S. growers

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Increased global grain production and lower domestic demand for corn for ethanol means crop producers should prepare now for lower grain prices in 2014, says an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.