Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Daydreams and the Etch A Sketch


    The man who invented the Etch A Sketch died last month. I never knew André Cassagnes’ name until I heard it on a radio news program last Monday, but he’s been living in my head all week. He died in his native France at the age of 86.

    Cassagnes invented the drawing toy that became the Etch A Sketch in the 1950s and I don’t know of many people who haven’t had their hands on one of the flat red boxes with two white knobs.

  • EDITORIAL: Indiana should allow Sunday liquor sales

    The Indiana House of Representatives’ Public Policy Committee has delayed until at least this week deciding whether to advance a bill to allow Sunday liquor sales in Indiana.

    Public Policy Committee Chairman Bill Davis made that decision after hearing conflicting testimony on the bill at a hearing last Wednesday.

  • LETTER: Christmas brightened for 660 children

    The United Way of Perry County would like to thank all the members of our community who helped make Christmas brighter for more than 660 children through the Holiday Helpers United Christmas Assistance Program. It was truly a community wide effort.

  • LETTER: Family’s holiday was ruined by thieves

    My family moved to Tell City from upstate New York in July and we all fell in love with the city. My children are thriving, my wife and I have made friends and we were really beginning to think this was the place to put down roots.  

    Then we went to New York for the holidays to visit family.

    Our house was broken into, and our TV, computer, video games and other items were stolen. No one was home and no one was hurt – thank goodness – but my family has never experienced anything like this before, and we are all shaken.

  • LETTER: A generous county made benefit a success

    The Zach Taylor Benefit was a huge success and we would like to thank the following people and organizations: Anderson Township, Central Perry and Tell City fire department members and their wives; Perry County Rescue Squad members and wives and the Fraternal Order of Police members and wives.

    To all of the businesses and individuals in Perry, Spencer and Dubois counties who donated items for the auction, thank you. There are so many that it would take a whole page to list you all individually. Your gracious donations do not go unnoticed.

  • COLUMN: Legislators stand up to cancer

    District 74 State Representative

    Last week started in unique fashion as the House accepted the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge against cancer. Legislators and staff were asked to wear sneakers to show support for the Suits and Sneakers challenge, a cause that promotes awareness of living a healthy lifestyle.

  • COLUMN: Our caring community


    We live in a caring community. That was evident Jan. 26 as a I left the Perry County 4-H fairgrounds carrying a pair of to-go chicken dinners. That day’s benefit for Zach Taylor drew hundreds of people to raise money for a young man and volunteer firefighter who is battling cancer.

  • EDITORIAL: A cardinal pays for his sins

    A cardinal was relieved of his public duties last week in another sign the American Catholic Church is more willing to confront decades of abuse of children by priests and the sins of those who tried to hide the truth and protected pedophiles.

    In a never-before-seen move, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, of all public duties over his failure to handle reports of clergy sex abuse.

    Mahoney served as Los Angeles archbishop from 1985 until his retirement in 2011.