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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Numbers add up - newspapers still deliver

    Business leaders read reports about major metropolitan newspapers going bankrupt or closing their doors and naturally may wonder about the future viability of this newspaper.

    Don't worry, because newspapers still deliver. They deliver not only the news a community needs, but customers to local businesses through the advertising welcomed into homes with the newspaper.

  • Balloon boy and a caring nation

    I'm sure plenty of Perry Countians were among the millions of Americans glued to their television screens earlier this month as a silver balloon, thought to be carrying 6-year-old Falcon Heene, floated through the sunny Colorado sky.

    As we all know now, the elf-sized boy was never aboard and it's likely, authorities tell us, that the drama was all a stunt for fame-starved parents. If so, Richard Heene needs to set off in a balloon of his own, en route to prison, joined by his wife if she knew about the stunt.