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Today's Opinions

  • Christmas wishes and tough times

    Memories of childhood make me thankful for the poor times we were living in. I did not know at the time we were poor. We had lots of love in our house and family. I was brought up to know and understand that God takes care of those who take care of themselves.

    I was taught to understand that as long as we have a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs and clothes on our backs, we were rich. My grandparents would relive the Depression every time they had the opportunity, so we would always understand life could be worse than it was at that moment.

  • Survive the holidays: Don't drink and drive

    The holiday season is here and along with it comes one of the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year.

  • Hang up and drive

    In their upcoming session Indiana legislators will consider a bill to further restrict beginning drivers' licenses, including putting restrictions on their cell-phone use while driving.

    We're not sure if the restrictions will do away with some of the problems caused by young drivers or merely postpone them, but we think the cell-phone restrictions would be good rules for drivers of all ages.

    Among other things, Senate Bill 16 would:

    • Prohibit drivers younger than 18 from using hand-held or hands-free cell phones while driving.

  • Move to 'town' not planned

    After a simple life on the farm, I'm finally moving to town and can't wait to enjoy the fast, exciting adventures of the big city.

    Well, sort of.

    Over the next week or two, I'll be hauling the contents of my house a tad over a mile to the metropolis of New Boston. I recently bought a house there and while it's nothing fancy, it more than meets my bachelor needs.

  • Community resource center deserving of public's support

    Perry County is lucky to have several organizations that can help citizens find help when they need it. If it's some extra food you need, there are several public pantries across the county ready to help. If your home was destroyed by fire or a natural disaster, the American Red Cross can help you find shelter. If your home is cold because you don't have enough money to pay the gas bill, Lincoln Hills Development Corp. has grants ready to help pay for it.

  • On the road to Christmas

    I used to devise all kinds of ways to count down the days to Christmas. I was that eager to wrap up a semester at school and welcome Santa and his presents under the tree.

    The longing began in church, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving, with the lighting of the first Advent candle. A wreath with four candles was placed in the front of our church at New Boston and each week another candle was lit, leading up to the weekend before Christmas. Advent, from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” is the four-week period before the nativity of Jesus.

  • Bishops, abortion and life issues

    The Perry County News is to be commended on its willingness to bring life issues to the attention of its readers. A Nov. 17 editorial reported a group of bishops saying that opposing abortion is of first importance among the life issues.

    One might rightfully ask: How does this group of bishops have the authority to make this evaluation? Suppose someone else were to think that capital punishment is of first importance? Indeed.

  • Thank you soldiers, families for your dedication

    A moment hasn't gone by for family members of Indiana National Guard soldiers based at the Tell City armory when they didn't think about their loved ones deployed to Iraq.

    Wondering if they're safe from enemy fire; wondering when, and if, they will see their soldiers' smiling faces, and children asking when their mom or dad is coming home.

    But all of the worrying has come to an end. They're home. Indiana's citizen-soldiers — fathers, mothers, sons and daughters — are now safe and sound on United States soil.