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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Hopkins couldn’t save 'The Rite'

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    Movies about exorcisms always arouse a bit of interest with their claims of being “based on a true story.” Hopefully, the majority of today’s audience realizes that the “true story” gimmick is just that: a gimmick. That doesn’t mean an exorcism film can’t be effective, though. Unfortunately, an exorcism movie, like “The Rite,” can be ineffective, boring and pointless.

  • COLUMN: Teachers’s role is helping each student reach their potential

    By WENDY ALVEY, Guest Columnist

    I’ve never written a letter to the editor, but I feel compelled to share my thoughts on the discussion at hand regarding matching teacher pay to student test scores.

    If the teacher is doing his or her job, then it should follow that the student should learn. My husband is a teacher and he arrives, along with several other teachers, at school no later than 6:45 a.m. each school day. He is available from that time until the start of the school day at 8 a.m. to tutor and provide remediation to any student in need.

  • COLUMN: Longing for spring’s arrival

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’ve not always been a big hater of winter, but I’ve already had enough of snow and cold for one season and I know I’m not alone in wishing for spring’s speedy arrival.

  • EDITORIAL: Deputies retirement plan change makes sense

    The Perry County Council will meet Wednesday evening to discuss changes to the retirement fund currently offered to deputies employed by the county sheriff’s department. As The News has reported, Sheriff Lee Chestnut wants the county to fund a transition from the current program under the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund to another geared toward police officers and firefighters.

  • COLUMN: Farmers face property-tax hikes

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    My colleagues in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue tell me that this is a good time to be a farmer. Corn and bean prices are high, incomes are up and land values are rising.

    But into every life a little rain must fall, and every silver lining has a cloud. The very factors that are raising farm income will eventually increase farm property taxes.

  • COLUMN: Have a thought? Sign your name

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    My first real break of the day often comes around 10 a.m. when a co-worker drops mail on my desk. Some days there isn’t much but at least once or twice a week, I’ll get an anonymous letter.

    I also get nameless messages through our Web site and heck, even the occasional anonymous cell-phone voice-mail.

  • EDITORIAL: Don’t edit Mark Twain

    Alabama publisher NewSouth Books announced at the beginning of January that the company would publish a version of the Mark Twain classic “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” without any of the offensive terms, including the “n-word” which appears in the original novel 219 times.