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Today's Opinions

  • Protect yourself from the flu

    By DR. GUY SHRAKE
    Guest Columnist

    Indiana’s flu season has arrived. Flu – influenza, formally – is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. About 5 to 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

    The flu costs the United States more than $87 billion annually and is responsible for the loss of about 17 million workdays and substantial classroom time each flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • A history of Veterans Day

    By DONNA MASON
    Guest Columnist

    The definition of armistice is the cessation of hostilities. The most significant armistice to all Americans was signed at 5 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918, ending World War I after four years of conflict.

    This armistice was an order for all firing to cease and the laying down of all arms. All over the world there were many demonstrations, blowing of whistles and impromptu parades. Many businesses closed their doors as the world rejoiced for the ending of “the war to end all wars.”

  • EDITORIAL: Honor our military heroes

    Author James A. Autry famously said, “I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance.”

    Tomorrow is Veterans Day, the day we honor our military heroes. We recognize the men and women, living and deceased, who have given of their time and talents, risking their well-being, life and limb to preserve our freedom and way of life. It’s no small favor.

  • LETTER: Many hands supported fall tour in Rome

    We want to thank everyone who helped make the Fall Festival at Rome successful.

    The News gave us advertising ahead of the event, Noble’s worked with us purchasing the food, and the visitors who came to eat or listen to the band or buy items from the country store.

    We enjoyed having the HouseKats provide music for the event.

  • LETTER: Community support, donations made 69th Cannelton Elementary Fall Fest another big success

    On Oct. 23, Cannelton elementary students and families hosted the 69th annual Parent-Teacher Organization Fall Festival. We had a tremendous turnout and a very successful festival. The Cannelton Elementary School PTO would like to thank the entire faculty, staff, students, parents, grandparents, guardians, community, volunteers and the following individuals and businesses.

  • LETTER: United Way is a great partner to William Tell

    At William Tell Elementary, we recognize the value of celebrating our school community, with a focus on family activities and community outreach. Thanks to support from United Way of Perry County and Title 1, we are able to employ a family outreach coordinator who is responsible for community outreach, such as the following:

    Volunteer community readers are community members who read a book each month to a class of students and revisit that same class each month in order to establish a relationship with the students.

  • Hoch: I have the experience to be prosecutor

    Editor’s Note: Thursday was the last issue for letters to the editor of a political nature. In keeping with past practice, however, candidates are allowed to respond directly to previous letters. The News agreed to publish this letter from Jason Hoch, candidate for prosecutor, in response to Thursday’s letter from Perry County Prosecutor Rod Acchiardo.

  • COLUMN: Heritage of the Marching Marksmen continues

    By LUKE THOMAS
    Guest Columnist

    Three-time Indiana State School Music Association state finalist; 16-time ISSMA state finalist across two different classes; Bands of America Terra Haute Class A champion; Bands of America Grand Nationals finalist, with a fifth-place finish. The Tell City Marching Marksmen continued their heritage with a great conclusion to the 2014 season.