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Today's Opinions

  • Let’s put Hoosiers back to work

    Russ Stilwell, District 74 State Representative

    In January 2005, when Mitch Daniels became governor, Indiana’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. That translated to 176,510 Hoosiers out of work.


    In July 2010, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported that our state’s unemployment rate was 10.2 percent. That means 319,406 Hoosiers now are out of work.

  • My beloved sycamore

    By Louise Hagedorn Mattingly, Guest Columnist

    When I think about growing up on the farm in Perry County, many happy thoughts come to mind. Many things were learned from both parents. My mother was a teacher, my father, a farmer. I learned at an early age the desire for learning and the love of nature. These are wonderful gifts.


    My father would announce the return of birds in the spring and flowering plants and trees. “If you enjoy nature, you will never be lonely,” he taught me.

  • Tell us about your favorite tree

    A column a few months ago about trees generated suggestions  that the newspaper invite readers to submit brief comments about their favorites trees. I suspect many of us have them. Trees being so much larger – and sometimes more lasting – than ourselves, generate strong feelings.
     
    We gather under trees for shade, partake in the fruit and nuts they produce and even sacrifice them to give us everything from winter warmth to furniture. We rejoice in their majesty and prominence.

  • It’s time for eyesores to go

    Tell City is getting tough on its worst eyesores. Heaven, be praised.

    Suits have been filed against Carolyn Barr’s Rebarr Restoration LLC, owner of the former William Tell Hotel, and Tellco Properties, which owns the heap of rubble at the corner of Seventh and Franklin streets, and an intact building attached to it.

    As most everyone who spends even occasional time in Tell City knows, a large section of wall collapsed at the William Tell Hotel in late July.

  • Renewable energy needs boost

    By BRAD MORTON, Guest Columnist

    At a time when other states and countries are taking bold steps toward the use and manufacturing of renewable energy, Indiana seems to be back-pedaling into the Dark Ages. Instead of promoting renewable energy like other states, Indiana restricts renewable energy by not allowing most customer classes to "net-meter" their energy.

  • Shooting stars and coyotes

    I've never had the lucky knack of being able to catch Z's on the run. Sleeping on a plane is difficult for me and afternoon power naps that perk up some people leave me feeling drowsy.


    Well, I must have been tired Thursday of Schweizer Fest Week because I fell asleep on a concrete patio watching for meteors.

  • State library should keep local decisions in local hands

    When we were younger, most if not all of our parents told us to play nice and share. As we grew older, we would hear about striving to be good neighbors and community members.

  • Which is worse, killers or retirement advisers?

    As far as we know, we could have "Professional Murderer" printed on our business cards, and we'll have committed no crime.

    An investment professional advertising him- or herself as specializing in retirement planning, however, can suffer a $10,000 fine and license revocation for advertising that service.