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Editorials

  • EDITORIAL: Be aware of school buses; watch for the stop arm

    We hear a lot of things on the police scanners that sit in the office at the News. Most of the time, the calls are what you would expect. But it seems lately, with schools in the county back in session, there have been a few calls in about motorists illegally passing buses while they are stopped and delivering or collecting students.

    It’s not an epidemic in the county by any means, however even hearing two or three instances are cause for concern.

  • EDITORIAL: Banning assault weapons again makes sense (CORRECTED)

    CORRECTION: This editorial advocating regulations on assault weapons erred by stating that most mass shootings had been carried out by people using weapons in “automatic mode.”

    As several readers have pointed out since the editorial’s publication, automatic weapons are not legal for purchase in the United States and have not been so for many years.

    Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden said he will deliver new proposals to President Barack Obama by Tuesday.

  • EDITORIAL: Changing lives, reducing waistlines in 2013

    While losing weight enjoys a perennial place on many lists of New Year’s resolutions, health and wellness issues, in particular obesity, are a year-round struggle for many. Whether battling the bulge, quitting smoking or eating healthier foods, a lot of us know we should be taking better care of our bodies.

    The new year is as good as a time as any to set realistic goals and chart a healthier 2013.

  • EDITORIAL: Consider these resolutions for new year

    Each new year brings, for many people, resolutions they hope to fulfill in efforts to become better people. Some resolve to begin healthier practices such as eating better and exercising more. Others promise to devote more time to their families and friends. Some want to work harder to increase their own earnings or other measures of success.  

    All of those are noble goals on a personal level. We’d like to offer some suggestions for improvements on a community level.

  • 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?

  • EDITORIAL: Dangerous intersections need serious look

    In Thursday’s issue of the News, we featured a story about a county resident seeking help from the county commissioners concerning safety at the intersection of Indiana 66 and the entrance to Waupaca.
    Geoffrey Jennings told the commissioners at their Nov. 21 meeting that five serious accidents occurred on the road leading into Waupaca the first six months of the year. There have more than likely been countless near-accidents as well.

  • EDITORIAL: Efforts to identify sewer problems can pay off

    We commend Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing and others for efforts, now in their infancy, launched to prevent another sewer-line failure such as the one that caused a street to collapse under the weight of a utility truck.

    As the News reported one week ago, a contractor inserted a fiberglass “sock” into the line, then expanded and heated it to form a solid liner through which wastewater would flow.

  • Ryan knows spending has to be reined in

    Like him or not, the choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate will sharpen the presidential debate about the role of government and the need to control runaway federal spending.

    As a congressman and head of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Ryan knows our nation cannot continue digging itself and its future generations into more debt. Tough decisions lie ahead and Ryan as a vice presidential candidate will sharpen the fiscal differences between President Obama and Romney.

  • EDITORIAL: Joining together to make a more beautiful Tell City

    Friday morning, the Tell City Comprehensive Plan Committee organized a cleanup of the downtown area of the city from Guttenberg to Tell streets. With Schweizer Fest approaching fast, committee members asked residents and businesses to come together to “spruce up” before the tents go up in City Hall Park for the yearly summer fest.

  • EDITORIAL: USOC should have required uniforms to be made in U.S.

    “You’d think they’d know better,” said U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner when it was revealed that Ralph Lauren had the uniforms U.S. athletes will wear at the Olympic Games opening ceremonies made in China.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was less restrained. “I think the (U.S.) Olympic Committee should be ashamed of themselves,” he said. “I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them.”