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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: State education system needs reform

    MARCIA DAUBY, Guest Columnist

    After reading a recent opinion piece in the paper, I felt compelled to offer another view. I am very excited and hopeful teachers will be held accountable and their performance “graded.”

    Any teacher can show up at school at 6:45 a.m. My question is do these teachers let parents know they are there at that time? The answer is no.

  • COLUMN: Nature and nighttime intruders

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Looking back, it wasn’t that close of a call, though the nighttime encounter could have been disastrous.

    Returning home Thursday night, I found an intruder on the sidewalk leading from the garage to my house.

  • EDITORIAL: Diverting tax money to private schools will doom public schools

    That our public school system has severe flaws is a popular premise in government and among many education reformers. And $300 million in recent spending cuts to Indiana’s public schools necessitated by the state’s need to balance its recession-riddled budget certainly haven’t helped solve the schools’ problems.

  • COLUMN: County works to extend help to poor, blind

    Chuck Poehlein penned this column on the care given to the poor and sick by the county during the first decades of its founding. The first installment appeared in last Thursday’s edition and shared information on the county’s poor farms, working agricultural enterprises that offered work to the county’s poor in return for room and board. Today’s final installment reports on the roles families held in helping poor relatives.

  • COLUMN: And the Oscar nominees are ...

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    The Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 27, and I figured I would weigh in on the nominees. The last two years I’ve focused on the Best Picture nominees primarily and only mentioned other categories in passing. This year I want to focus on all of the major categories and give my pick for the category as well as my prediction for who will actually win.
    Best Picture

  • Rescued by county welfare system

    CHUCK POEHLEIN, GUEST COLUMNIST
    Editor’s Note: Chuck Poehlein provided this response to his Feb. 10 column on county efforts early in its history to help residents who were poor and could not care for themselves. The second part of Poehlein’s column from last week, intended for this issue, will appear, because of a lack of space, in Thursday’s edition.

  • Hot water underappreciated

    It’s a constant human fault to take for granted the things we enjoy every day. Abundant food, good roads, public safety. Throw in hot water.

    My water heater died last week. Actually it was a slow death and as I pen these words I’m not yet sure if the seldom thought-about appliance had truly died or was in some sort of mechanical coma capable of being revived. All I knew Friday morning was that I had no hot water.

  • EDITORIAL: Flynn injects antibody into ailing school board

    In the usual scheme of things, a sickness enters a body, then spreads. In the body known as the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. Board of School Trustees, we may have just seen the beginning of a reverse process.

    To say the board as a governing body is ill might take the metaphor too far, but we would like to see others catch what Flynn took to their table Tuesday.