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Today's Opinions

  • Mixed thoughts on ghosts

    My national television debut had me on pins and needles Dec. 29 as "Paranormal State" aired about the experiences of a local family.

    I was interviewed for the show back in October and other than the camera making me look chunkier than I thought I was, I was pleased overall.

    The show looked at the experiences of Bruce and Danielle Collins in their home between St. Meinrad and Bristow.

  • Why the census matters

    The U.S. census 2010 is on our doorstep and will be here in just a little over 60 days and it really matters to everyone in our community, our county, our state and our nation.

    Many people turn their noses up whenever the census is mentioned. But it is an extremely important part of life in America every 10 years.

    We are all part of a team and when a player doesn't do his or her part, everyone loses. The census is not something that came about during this century or the last.

  • Law, Downey Jr. great duo in Holmes film

    Who knew Sherlock Holmes was so cool? If you're like me, then the idea that comes to mind when you hear the famous detective's name is that of a middle-aged man with a funny hat, a pipe and an uncanny ability to solve complicated crimes by simply paying close attention to every detail. That doesn't mean director Guy Ritchie's new version of Holmes is an unfaithful adaptation of the beloved Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creation.

  • State ban on texting behind the wheel will save lives

    Several years ago when one of our staff writers said she wanted to write an editorial on vandalism, she was jokingly asked, “Are you for it or against it?”

    Amazingly, an issue that should be as cut and dried as that one is now before the Indiana General Assembly - whether to prohibit texting while driving for all Indiana drivers.

  • Crime should bring consequences

    A few weeks ago I wrote a column about thinking before speaking. It was rather tongue-in-cheek and made mention of mistaken assumptions about people, their ages and relationships.

    An e-mail arriving about the same time offered a similar example of why it’s important to think before acting and holding people accountable for wrongdoing.

    In a case shared by the author of the e-mail, pranksters had hindered a family’s ability to support itself.

  • Theater goers shouldn't miss 'Avatar' adventure

    Wow ... just wow. "Avatar," the long awaited, majorly hyped new film from writer-director James Cameron is simply amazing. When watched in IMAX 3D it turns plain movie watching into a unique and breathtaking experience. There were times when I found myself with a grin on my face or with my mouth hanging open during this film.

    It completely encompasses you into the story in such a literal way that it will leave you wanting to go back in the theater and experience it all over again. Now, I've got my excited gushing out of the way, so let's get into the specifics.

  • The key to good politics is communication

    Not long ago, I was speaking to a group of high-school students when one raised his hand, declared that he wanted to run for Congress and asked what he should study in order to prepare. I suspect my answer surprised him. I told him to study English.

  • Federal shield law's passage will improve America

    The editorial staff of The Perry County News joins journalists around the nation in celebrating the advance of the Free Flow of Information Act out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this month. Known as the federal shield law, it will now go to the full Senate for a vote.

    Such laws exist at the state level in most of the country, and a federal law would protect reporters in cases where they may not apply.