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Today's Opinions

  • Gaming laws lack common sense

    It's not often I use this space as a soapbox for pending legislation – or ask readers to contact their legislators to give it their support. Here's an exception.

    First, the issue.

    Many Perry Countians belong to nonprofit or religious organizations – churches, fire departments, civic clubs – that sponsor one or more festivals each year to raise money. Churches have summer picnics and shooting matches. Fire departments have similar events and other groups host charity nights, bingos, etc.

  • Wellness 2009: It's up to us

    The Tell City Common Council, with Mayor Barbara Ewing and a panel of concerned citizens, are about to embark on a new project all of us hope will improve the lives of area citizens.

    The city's first wellness initiative will start in March, with any and all local residents invited to join in.

    National and statewide increases in obesity, heart failure and numerous other health concerns are driving the effort.

  • Heart disease: Don't think you're safe

    A killer once stalked me, almost snuffing out my young life. The deadly force didn't lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house – watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease. The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S. and it had my number.

  • Inauguration Day journey

    Editor’s Note: Tell City resident Larry K. Kleeman attended the Jan. 20 inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th president. The News invited him to share his experience.

  • What’s your disaster plan?

    Natural calamities, fortunately, don’t come Perry County’s way too often. But last week’s big ice storm shows once again why it’s so important for all of us to have a plan in place when emergencies occur, no matter the season.

    As we all know, the big storm closed roads and cut power to thousands of people. We know of many who moved in with friends or neighbors or hunkered down in homes heated with wood stoves or gas fireplaces. However, several took advantage of a Red Cross shelter established at the Schergens Center in Tell City.

  • Organizations stand ready to help in times of need

    It's undeniable. We're in a recession and it's affecting most of us. The numbers are hard to peg, but over the last couple of months hundreds of good, hardworking people in Perry County have had their hours cut, lost their jobs entirely or face certain job cuts . Others aren't sure what to expect.

    Sadly, the economic woes may get worse before things improve.

  • Why does winter last so long?

    The older I get the longer winter seems to linger. This winter in particular has seemed to be a real bear. Sadly, it's only late January and there may be plenty more cold and snow coming our way. With any luck, however, the worst may be over. Maybe the groundhog will prove it next week.  

    I'm not sure why this winter has seemed so brutal. Moving from one house to another didn't help, a little post-relocation depression, perhaps. I've always been one to  rise early, and I still do, but lugging my bones from bed some mornings has been a chore.

  • Governor overlooks points in State of the State address

    Observers generally agree that the true starting point for a legislative session comes when the governor delivers his annual State of the State speech. The address, delivered before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate, enables our state’s chief executive to review what has happened over the past year and gives him a chance to detail what he would like to see accomplished in the months to come.