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Today's Opinions

  • 'Inception' is best of 2010

    "Inception" is easily my most anticipated movie so far this year.

    It's not because I loved the previews for it or I read some interviews or I heard the buzz about it. It's because it's directed by Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "The Dark Knight"), it has an amazing cast and it is based on an original script. That last one is almost unheard of in summer blockbuster land these days.

  • New chapter in local history will open Wednesday

    Wednesday marks the opening day for eligible residents to file for the three seats on the Tell City-Troy Township School Board that will become vacant Jan. 1. Candidates will appear on the November ballot and citizens will vote on whom they would like to see on the board. This will mark a change approved by voters from an appointed board to one they select.

  • On Iran, action, not words

    Three American presidents - including Barack Obama - have declared that a nuclear weapons-capable Iran is "unacceptable." But in order to give real meaning to that declaration we must do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from gaining this unacceptably dangerous capability.

    Make no mistake; this has reached crisis levels and is now the most urgent national security issue America confronts today.

  • Orange County to Perry County

    Editor's Note: A Quality of Life Committee working under the auspices of the Perry County Development Corp. is partnering with The News to present stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. Patricia Newton Cooper penned this month's view.

    We moved back to Perry County after retiring in the summer of 2008. Since then, we have been asked, "Why did you move back to Perry County when there is so much more to do in Orange County, California?"

  • Why do I love soccer?

    My family members, friends and even my co-workers can attest to my undying and, I'll admit, sometimes obsessive love of soccer.

    Or football, as I like to call it. And trust me, I've tried to get others to, as well.

    World Cup ended recently and with it an absolutely grueling and fantastic month in which I waited patiently for scores during work, watched two of my favorite teams - USA and Portugal - leave after the round of 16 and ventured all the way to Bloomington just to watch a game with my best friend at a local bar.

  • 'Karate Kid' doesn't hold up to original

    I'll admit, I planned on holding out until the DVD came out to watch "The Karate Kid," but my niece wanted to watch it and I can't tell my niece "no" if she wants to watch a movie.

    So I watched it ... and it's not all that bad.

    Make no mistakes, though, if you watch "The Karate Kid," you should watch the one from the 80s. However, there are certainly worse movies to watch in theaters right now.

  • State officials should find useful work

    Maybe we should rethink our practice of calling the people we send to Indianapolis "lawmakers."

    If you present a problem to a surgeon, you're likely to get a solution involving a scalpel. A carpenter might suggest a hammer. A legislator enacts a law.

    The state's General Assembly passed a law in 2009 that resulted in a study that resulted in a news release Wednesday from the state's Education Department. It suggested schools and universities could save money by using the state-employees health-insurance plan.

  • Soccer, gin and gaucho swagger

    I'm not much of a soccer fan and while the digital video recorder on my television captured some of the games of the World Cup, I have yet to find the time to watch them.

    I did, however, take keen interest in Tuesday's semifinals game between Netherlands and Uruguay. I've repeatedly visited both nations and feel an affinity for the people and their cultures, which both contrast and conform to one another.