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Today's Opinions

  • Cuts to school funding threaten next generation of Hoosiers

    I wish to share my concerns with the direction and focus of our state and its leaders. I am a retired school superintendent of 25 years who also served as executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents from 1998 through 2004.  Based on my experiences, our legislators are very good people, honest, hard working and committed to their work on behalf of their constituents. But, I am growing increasingly frustrated with the results of their actions.

  • Guardrail along Indiana 545 may save Perry County lives

    A Spencer County woman whose car went into a lake north of New Boston April 21 might have lived had a guardrail been in place to stop her vehicle from entering the water.

  • Election Day expectations

    Tuesday will be one of those exciting days sure to bring extra work but guaranteed to be one I'll remember come retirement day.

     As everyone knows, tomorrow is Election Day and while many of us know who we will vote for, others have yet to decide. For those still pondering their decisions, we have ads in today's issue and profile information submitted by candidates on our Web site, www.perrycountynews.com.

    Past stories on candidates can also be viewed online.

  • Community offers warm welcome

    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 the stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. This column was written by Patrick Rich.

    When considering relocating to Tell City for my job, we looked at as much information as we could find on the Internet about the area.

  • Good surveys make good neighbors

    Miles of county roads cross the Hoosier National Forest, many which access small, 120- to 600-acre, tracts of private land scattered amongst the national forest. People often call to find out where the national-forest boundaries are. They may be hunting and want to make sure they are not trespassing on private land. They may be interested in buying land adjacent to the national forest and want to know where the property ends. Or they may already own land adjacent to national forest and want to harvest timber and need to know where the property boundaries are.

  • Johnson's performance helps make comic book movie 'top tier'

    Comic-book movies are a dime a dozen these days, but "Kick-Ass" is a bit different. It's a comic book movie that acknowledges comic books. The self-referential factor allows the film to be much funnier than its typically serious counterparts.

    This doesn't mean "Kick-Ass" is a flat-out comedy. It still features plenty of vicious action and extreme vulgarity, and I loved every minute of it.

    "Kick-Ass" is about Dave Lizewski, a comic-book reading high-school kid who dares to ask, "Why hasn't anyone ever tried to be a superhero?"

  • Don't let ignorance guide your vote

    A comment by Tell City-Troy Township school-board member Larry Bryant April 13 struck us as rather odd.

    "I had a discussion with a citizen today," Bryant said, "who said the reason they voted against the referendum last time was because we did not share what we were going to do with the money; we kept it secret. I asked them if they'd heard of the open meetings. They hadn't heard of any open meetings, they hadn't heard any information ... they said we'd kept it secret."

  • Still plenty to learn from others

    A friend of mine recently lost his mother rather unexpectedly. He's coping as well as can be expected, sorting through the inevitable and understandable feelings of loss. He describes an emptiness in his life, even though he lived hundreds of miles away from her and saw her only on holidays and summer vacation.

    He also describes heavy feelings of regret.

    "What kind of regrets?" I asked him during a phone conversation, thinking he was talking about not spending as much time as he liked with his mom or not saying "I love you enough."