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Today's Opinions

  • Clintons should stick to actual issues

    When Bill Clinton was president, his wife, Hillary, charged that allegations of wrongdoings by him were the result of "a vast right-wing conspiracy."

    But now she and her husband seem to be orchestrating a left-wing conspiracy against her current rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

  • The goose story's final chapter

    Every morning and night, leaving from and returning to home, I roll down my car's driver's-side window half way and listen for the goose on the lake below my house. The big white-plumed bird never fails to offer a honk or two, either welcoming me home or saying goodbye.

  • History is as important as other subjects

    Gov. Mitch Daniels announced in October that a social studies category will be added to Indiana's statewide testing program for school children, known as ISTEP, for grades 4, 6 and 8 when the test moves to spring.

    That subject had previously been totally ignored in the tests. But a national study released last month sponsored by Common Core, a new nonpartisan group pushing for the liberal arts in public school curriculums, indicates it's not a moment too soon to be adding this vital subject.

  • The benefits of voting centers

    While Indiana's property-tax system continues to be highly scrutinized at the Statehouse, leaders must remember that true tax transformation requires that government spending decrease. Every government process should be inspected for efficiency, and our local-election process should be no different. To lower local taxes, local government should be allowed to choose vote-center elections as a substitute for precinct-based elections.

  • Community needs to continue committee's efforts

    No one can fault Ron Etienne; he worked hard to get the public involved in discussions about improvements needed in Tell City's aging junior-high and high-school buildings. His efforts in that regard began when, in late 2006, the schools superintendent launched processes to get those improvements started.

    Members of the public began appearing at school-board meetings. The first among them stood up to commend Etienne and the school board for taking action that could restore pride in the schools and the city.

  • Smethurst responds to letter about electric-rate increases

    Editor's Note: This guest column by Tell City Electric Department Superintendent Marlow Smethurst is in response to Jack Joyce's column published in Monday's News concerning the Tell City Electric Department's request for an increase in rates and charges. Smethurst responds to Joyce's comments, point by point.

  • TC electric-rate increase faulted

    More than two decades of successful management of the Tell City Electric Department qualifies me, and makes it my duty, to speak out on the current request for an increase in rates and charges for the Tell City Electric Department.

  • Don't let headlines get you down

    Headlines running across the pages of the newspaper haven't been all that blissful the past several months, with weekly reports of methamphetamine labs busted by police. And just last week we reported on the arrests of four people, two adults and two juveniles, on criminal-gang activity.

    Scattered amid that news have been stories about the impact of proposed local-government reform and its possible impact on tax rates, frequent home foreclosures and sheriff's sales, proposed utility-rate increases and efforts last year by Tell City to annex outlying areas.