Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: College visits offer big insight

    Purdue University

    I’ve got a son in college and a daughter about to be. In the past four years, we’ve done a dozen college visits at nine different schools. It’s been a research effort lasting years; perhaps I should report some results. First a disclaimer: I work for Purdue. I’ll try to stay objective.

    So here are a few of our experiences – research observations, I suppose. Start with the best, with names attached.

  • COLUMN: What’s wrong with the term ‘illegal immigrant?’


    As a community newspaper that focuses on local happenings, the News does not often publish Associated Press stories, but like most publications, we have long followed the AP Stylebook.

  • EDITORIAL: Let’s make downtown hotel a reality

    If a new hotel along Tell City’s Seventh Street is feasible economically, let’s not waste time. Let’s make it happen.

    That was the message Tony Pappano delivered to the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau a few weeks ago. Pappano is a grant administrator and community visionary who for years has helped our area leverage grant funds. He was instrumental in Tell City being awarded and successfully administering more than $2 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Fund grants over the past few years.

  • LETTER: Donations would help me attend six-day National Student Leadership Conference

    I have been invited to represent Tell City High School at the 2013 National Student Leadership Conference. According to its brochure, the NSLC “seeks outstanding high-school students from around the world who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership ability.” The leadership conference offers programs specific to students’ interests. The various programs are held on college campuses around the United States.

  • LETTER: See a swarm? Call a bee-tender for help

    It seems that spring is here again. The trees are budding and the flowers are starting to bloom. The honeybees are becoming active. We see them in the yard working on soft maple blooms and elm trees. They are carrying the pollen back into the hives to raise young brood for the year.

  • COLUMN: Editorial presents falsehoods

    Guest Columnist

    I read the Our View editorial on the Iraq war and how it didn’t reflect our values. What disturbs me so much is the use of lies, misinformation and distortion to make our country look bad despite our efforts to do the right thing. I should put my point of view first so people know what perspective I take. I think we should bring our troops home and make our allies develop their militaries so they are capable of defending themselves. Now to look at the falsehoods presented in the editorial.

  • COLUMN: In defense of state role

    Indiana Attorney General

    The majority of states, including Indiana, provide a marriage license only to a man and woman, while nine states also allow same-sex couples to receive licenses to marry.

    Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, in 1996 that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal benefits. Under DOMA, states with the traditional definition of marriage need not recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

  • EDITORIAL: Don’t dump your junk

    Stop littering!

    It’s a message often repeated but one that has apparently yet to sink in the minds of the litterbugs of Perry County whose ugly handiwork can be seen alongside highways and county roads.