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Today's Opinions

  • In my day, life was much simpler

    In my day, my mother smoked, drank a little and worked up to the day I was born.

    Our house had an outhouse, an outside pump, a coal stove, four rooms and was climate controlled. (It was hot in the summer and cold in the winter.)

    I slept in a crib until I was literally too big for it. It was brightly painted with lead-based paints.

    There were no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets.

    I rode in cars without the aid of car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags, and when we went to town the whole family rode in the back of the pickup truck.

  • Winter offers joys, challenges

    Winter has left me sleepy. Maybe the shortage of sunlight is to blame for my missing energy. Or perhaps it's simply the cold that makes me want to stay under the covers some mornings.

    Even the alluring aroma of coffee from the machine I program before bed fails to rouse my sleepy spirits. I'm not like this the rest of the year. I could fault old age. But I blame winter.

    I have been daydreaming of spring, flowers, T-shirts and green grass. But I know winter has to run its course first. Until then, I'll cope with the long nights and cold.

  • Non-partisanship needed at every level of government

    We applaud new Tell City Mayor Barbara Ewing's decision to retain all the city's current department heads, just as we did former Mayor Gayle Strassell's decision to do so four years ago when she was inaugurated.

    Many of the department heads have served under Democrat Bill Goffinet, Republican Strassell and now Democrat Ewing. One, city recreation director Maurice Harpenau, also served under Democrat Walter Hagedorn.

  • Start the new year saving money

    Looking for ways to save money in 2008? With financial markets on edge, the cost of just about everything climbing and recession worries making headlines, who couldn't use a few extra dollars at the end of each month? Here are a few ideas to ponder in the new year.

  • Outgoing elected officials deserve community's thanks

    With the new year just a few hours away, it's an appropriate time to tip our hats to the men and women working their final day in elected office. They deserve our thanks for jobs well done and while they'll be leaving the public limelight, their years of dedication will benefit us all for years to come.

  • What if Santa knocked at your door?

    It's a good thing Santa generally makes his visits at night. A lot of us would be in trouble if the old man came knocking while we were awake and brought hard questions instead of a bag filled with gifts.

    I'd be rather poorly prepared to find Santa at my door, with those all-knowing nods of the chin and probing eyes. I'd probably pretend not to be home and ignore the knocks and jingle bells.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor's Note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun. Virginia's letter and Church's reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • It was the week before Christmas

    Each year, weeks before Thanksgiving, the large department stores in cities and suburbs put up their Christmas decorations. Then, slowly, but surely, Christmas decorations begin to appear in neighborhoods.

    This year, when the decorations began lighting up our street at night, I asked a few friends about some of their family Christmas traditions and customs. In response to a question about hanging up Christmas stockings, I was told this was sometimes done only on Christmas Eve.