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Today's Opinions

  • We all contribute to planet's trashing

    We don't normally use this space to recommend movies, but we've found a film every consumer should see. It's a 20-minute production starring Annie Leonard and some cartoon images.

    Leonard, coordinator of the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, shows us in "The Story of Stuff" how the production-consumption-disposal system that is so much a part of each of our lives works, and how it hurts us.

    How it works:

  • Bond between two Marines endures even after death

    Editor's Note: This column by Virginia Barton was published in the Seaford Star in Delaware and is reprinted here with permission.

    Barton relates a reunion between her and husband, Chuck, with the children of the late Justin and Helen Etienne of Mount Pleasant. Chuck and Justin served in the Marine Corps during World War II.

    Bonding. Just what is it all about? Last week, Chuck and I celebrated 61 years of marriage. Without a doubt, a good marriage involves a great deal of bonding. It involves trust, faith, caring and sharing, love and hope, and much more.

  • Animals in peril deserve help

    I'm not one to be labeled an activist for animals. I'm less apt to marvel at the beauty of a wild deer than wonder if it's been grazing in my soybean field. And a baby white-faced calf frolicking in a green pasture brings to mind future steaks or a paycheck for my farmer brothers rather than the wonder of new life.

    No, I'll never forgo steak or leather but I don't want to see any animal suffer, whether being cared for as a pet or raised for market and the dinner table.

  • Time remains to help United Way

    With the United Way signs disappearing, Thanksgiving gatherings a fond memory and our minds now turning toward Christmas, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you there is still time to give to the United Way of Perry County's annual fund drive.

    The annual campaign, co-chaired this year by Don Gill of Best Chairs and Rita Mahoney of Old National Bank, was officially completed Nov. 1 but donations may be made through the end of the year.

  • Plenty awaits in busy 2008

    While New Year's is still a month away, we at The News are already working on plans for a memorable 2008. And what a year it should be, with Tell City's sesquicentennial celebration in August and various community projects getting under way or wrapping up.

  • It's time for the community to deal drug economy major blow

    Recent headlines in this newspaper reporting large seizures of methamphetamine, marijuana and cash prove the war on drugs - and the drug trade - are far from being won. Despite statewide decreases in the number of drug labs dismantled by police, there are still criminals willing to manufacture meth or cultivate plots of marijuana.

  • Hopes for a simple holiday season

    I do my very best to avoid department stores at Christmas time, and since Christmas shopping now begins even before Thanksgiving, I have been sticking to the grocery-store aisles for weeks.

    I would rather be just about anyplace than standing in line Friday morning, waiting to run through a store just to grab a few bargains. Some stores opened as early as 4 a.m. Friday and while I'm up that early at least six of seven days each week, I refuse to join the race, no matter how big the bargains.

  • Don't forget small acts of charity in your Christmas preparations

    Now that Thanksgiving has passed and we have all given thanks for what we have, the Christmas season is in full swing. From now until New Year's we will all celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

    Presents will be exchanged and many meals will be served to show our appreciation. But not everyone is fortunate enough to have as much as others. This is where you come in.