Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Family of hall-of-fame inductee pleased

    Greetings from northern Indiana. My sister, Kathleen Liddy (Kramer), was born in 1959 in Tell City and I was born in 1960 in Tell City. Both of us enjoyed a recent weekend in Tell City. Kath lives in Forth Wayne and I live in Kendallville.

    We attended the Tell City High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Feb. 16 to honor our father, Norman Kramer, a 2013 class inductee.

  • LETTER: Local Humane Society members support agriculture, hunting and fishing rights

    To everyone concerned with animal issues in Perry County Feb. 22, citizens of Perry County met with state Sen. Richard Young and state Rep. Lloyd Arnold. Many issues were discussed, but one that was brought up was pending legislation – Senate Joint Resolution 7 – concerning the rights to hunt, fish and crow crops.

  • COLUMN: The amazing property-tax reassessment of 2013

    Guest Columnist

    Every six to 10 years Indiana has a statewide reassessment to update property values for property tax bills. We remeasure the characteristics of real property – square footage, building materials, home improvements and so forth.

    We apply new data on prices and costs to these characteristics. Since we waited so long between reassessments, we would update for six to 10 years of inflation all at once. Assessed values would jump.

  • COLUMN: The issue with entitlements

    Guest Columnist

    “Can I take a federal tax deduction for mortgage interest?” (Yes.)

    “For state income and local property taxes?” (Yes.)

    “How about municipal bond interest?” (That, too.)

    “On earned income from wages?” (That’s a tax credit and it depends.)

    What about employer-provided health insurance?” (Sure.)

    “Charitable deductions?” (Yup.)

    “Dinner out and a show?” (Sorry, no.)

  • EDITORIAL: Benedict’s resignation changes papacy forever

    Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign the papacy has forever changed the way the world views the man who holds the keys of St. Peter. That may not be a bad thing since the man who will replace Benedict faces real-world issues that demand quick and decisive action.

    Berlin Archbishop Rainer Woelki was on the mark when he called Benedict’s decision to step down, the first pope to do so in six centuries, “a demystification of the papal office.”

  • LETTER: Chili, dodgeball raised money for after prom

    The Tell City Junior-Senior High School After-Prom Committee would like to thank the community for supporting our chili lunch and dodgeball tourney fundraiser. We would also like to thank the following businesses for donating items to help make this  fundraiser possible: Farm Bureau Insurance, Cash Saver, Wendy’s and R&A Sports.

  • LETTER: School health fair’s success a credit to many

    Tell City Junior-Senior High School would like to thank the following individuals, businesses and organizations that attended our health fair Feb. 8:

  • COLUMN: A budget focused on education

    District 74 State Representative

    As a freshman, it has been exciting for me to see the process a state budget goes through to be crafted. Last week, House Bill 1001, Indiana’s biennial budget, passed out of the House with bipartisan support and will be heard in the upcoming weeks by the Indiana Senate.

    This is an important time for the legislature to decide the direction we will take as we distribute and designate funds for Indiana’s future.