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Today's Opinions

  • Home-schooling curriculum should be standardized

    In February a California state appeals court ruled that unless parents have recognized teaching credentials they cannot home-school their kids.

    The court's opinion, citing a state education law, said, "Parents do not have a constitutional right to home-school their children."

    Advocates of home-schooling responded strongly against the ruling.

  • Editing birthday list a tad sad

    I've spent the past few weeks removing names from the birthday lists The News have maintained for many years.

    The roster of birthdays run on Thursday's Page 2B and while we've tried out best to keep it updated, it's not always been as high a priority as it should have been.

    That changed a few weeks ago when I was politely raked over the coals by a woman whose husband's name was still on the list a year after he died.

  • It's time to talk about energy

    Pressure is mounting in Congress to do something about climate change. And while political debates in Washington, D.C., may seem far away, the outcome will have a direct impact on Southern Indiana Power, our cooperative members and other electric consumers.

    Already our nation faces a looming energy crisis, with demand for electricity ready to outstrip supply. Unless significantly more power plants are placed into service soon, consumers could experience brownouts and even rolling blackouts in the not-too-distant future.

  • Make the most of each day

    An old Jesuit priest once told me during a 30-day retreat about the value of getting out of bed each morning and acknowledging the possibility that the coming day may be your last.

    "Sooner or later, you'll be right," he quipped.

    For me, the saying is a reminder of the dangers of putting things off, saying what I could do today, I'll wait and do tomorrow. Sooner or later, we run out of tomorrows.

  • Urge representatives to remain true to American principles

    To varying degrees throughout its history, this nation has viewed itself as practicing the most honorable of governmental forms. We've proudly noted that people of other lands looked to us with envy, wishing they, too, could enjoy a national fabric threaded with fairness and respect for the rule of law.

    One recent development soiled that fabric. Another reinforced it.

  • City needs to address stormwater

    I wanted to "take my head out of the sand" (as Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves said in a June 12 News story) long enough to explain my position as a former Cannelton city councilman regarding the city's sewer rates.

    Let me preface this by saying that it is my understanding that our community is essentially set up as a user on Tell City's sewer system.

    We pay that community monthly based upon how much sewage we send them for treatment. Our rates as individual household users can then be affected by that monthly cost, somewhat of a trickle-down effect.

  • Make TC 150 a beautiful event

    Now that Tell Citians have cleaned out their garages and attics for the community's spring cleanup, it's time to make our city's neighborhoods and business areas look extra nice the city for the upcoming sesquicentennial and 50th Schweizer Fest.

    Simple steps taken now can make our community extra beautiful for the thousands of people likely to visit Aug. 2-9. Even more importantly, making Tell City extra lovely will help us feel even more proud about the city where we live or work, not just this summer, but year-round.

  • Science, not emotion, should dictate energy decisions

    Americans know their nation needs to wean itself from foreign oil - and eventually from petroleum altogether - but seemingly can't agree on the steps they're willing to take to boost oil and natural gas production here at home.

    Should areas off our coasts now off-limits to drilling be opened to exploration? Should drilling be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a battle zone for years between environmentalists and those who believe that area's oil reserves need to be tapped?