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Today's Opinions

  • Hard times, hard decisions

    Last Tuesday's referendum on the Tell City High School building project divided Troy Township residents. The referendum lost by 23 votes out of 1,521 cast.

    Though most of the editorial staff of The News favored the referendum's passage, some of my co-workers didn't.

    I respect civil debate and the decisions of voters — that's why we have elections — but I have concerns that Tuesday's vote will have long-term negative consequences for our community.

  • Our debt to veterans

    Have you thanked a veteran lately? If not, do so this week. Veterans Day is Wednesday and the occasion should prompt all of us to remember and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform, past and present, to safeguard the freedoms we cherish.

    Those sacrifices are still being made. A new generation of men and women are leaving the embrace of mothers and fathers to serve in faraway lands. All give. Some lay down their lives. Others return home with deep physical and mental scars. Veterans still give their all.

  • Run wild with Jonze film

    "Where the Wild Things Are," based on the children's book by Maurice Sendak, is a strange film.  The director, Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation") has stated that the film is more of a movie about childhood than it is a children's movie.

  • Kramer inspired respect, admiration in classroom

    Allen Kramer was the consummate high-school teacher, the best educator I ever encountered. This comparison includes the collective company of all my college professors.

    I feared him, this dark-bearded man, mainly for the subjects he taught, his dreaded college-bound mathematics courses.

    I was, in no way, his best student. During his 37 years as a teacher, I'm certain I'm not even listed among his top 1,000 students.

    Still, I learned a great deal from this smart, focused man.

  • I'm just one of thousands impacted by Allen Kramer's teaching career

    A classic problem in trigonometry requests, "Given the length of the shadow that a flagpole casts and angle of inclination that the sun makes with the horizon, compute the height of the flagpole."  

    The late Mr. Allen Kramer taught me to solve that problem.  Given his slight build and average height, his physical shadow was never long.  His academic shadow, however, well beyond his horizon.  

  • Recovery home needs to become reality soon

    County commissioners took the easy way out last month by declining to act on a rezoning request that would have allowed a residence on Girl Scout Road to be converted into a recovery home for men seeking to come clean from drugs.

    Commissioners' inaction doesn't change the fact that there are people, right here, in need of care. We hope the setback doesn't change the commitment others have to working with people trying to overcome addictions.

  • 'Wizard of Oz' 70 years old

    In case you haven't heard, the "Wizard of Oz" is 70 years old. The timeless tale of ruby slippers, munchkins and good and bad witches was drawing its first fans seven decades ago.

    In Tell City, the movie was set to premiere 70 years ago this weekend at the Ohio Theatre. The local papers heralded the movie's star power, including Judy Garland as Dorothy, and its vivid color.

  • Holiday Helpers ready for season

    Is your youth group, organization, business or family already thinking about helping others this Christmas season? Well, you aren't alone. The Holiday Helpers United are already working on helping those in need this Christmas, and we need your help, too.