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Today's Opinions

  • As new school year begins, safe driving extra important

    This week students at Perry Central and Tell City schools will join Cannelton students, who have been hitting the books since last Tuesday, in going back to school.

    And with students back in school it means there will be more morning and afternoon traffic on the roads from school buses, parents and high-school students. We ask that everyone be mindful of this when making their morning and afternoon commutes because if you don't, there could be some serious consequences.

  • Owners, clean up after your dogs

    Two stories, two sets of dog owners, two different levels of respect. The first story made me gag, darned-near literally. The second one is an example of being kind to your pet and your community.

    Story No. 1: I was sitting in my cubicle facing Tell City's Main Street a couple of weeks ago. It was a Sunday and several people were walking down the sidewalk on what was an enjoyable sunny morning. A number of people, drivers as well as pedestrians, were stopping to purchase our Monday paper, which is usually available for purchase before 9 a.m. Sunday.

  • Health-care reform should emphasize preventive care to contain costs

    It is now clear that Congress won't send a health-care-reform bill to President Barack Obama before its August recess, a deadline originally set by Obama. It's also clear that whatever bill does emerge from Congress will include significant compromises from what Obama proposed in last year's presidential campaign.

  • Schweizer Fest worth the work

    For me, Schweizer Fest is a lot like some holidays. There is lots of extra work, so much in fact that finding time to enjoy the actual festivities can be a challenge.  

    The weeks before Schweizer Fest have our staff working on our Zeitung, the special section appearing in today's issue, as well as extra stories about festival events. For the past two years, we've also assembled the official programs that contain the week's schedule as well as other information about Tell City.  

  • Making time for history

    It is regretful how long it took me to find time for history. When I was a child, history was conveniently personified in the image of my great uncle Otis during visits to my grandparents' house.

    Otis was a war hero, and on his rare Sunday visits, he was treated like a dignitary. The admiration and awe exhibited by my relatives in his midst were lost on me, though, despite attempts to coax me to listen to this decorated veteran talk about the death march, work camps, prison ships, starvation and torture he endured for three hellish years as a prisoner of war in the Philippines.

  • Hoosier Harvest: preserve it safely

    Canning or freezing home-grown vegetables is a great way to preserve summer's bounty for year-round enjoyment. For beginners, most experts recommend freezing over canning.

    As long as you have plenty of freezer space, this option requires very little initial investment and is a simple and convenient way to preserve fruits and vegetables. Freezing also helps retain the fresh flavor better than canning.

  • Vote for school improvements

    We urge the residents of the Tell City-Troy Township school district to get behind the second launch of efforts to make major improvements at the city's high school.

  • Project has neighbors talking

    A 2004 stopover at a German family's farm inspired an idea that now has my neighbors talking.

    Three years ago, while doing my best to stay on Bavaria's small roads instead of the high-speed superhighways, I pulled my rental car into a gift shop near Lichtenfels in upper Bavaria.

    A large half-timbered home there had been transformed into a small lodge and gift shop while the rest of the farm's buildings, including a dairy, small brewery and livestock barns had kept much of their traditional look and use.