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Today's Opinions

  • A month to honor those we love

    I was afforded the privilege last Tuesday to speak at a candlelight service in City Hall Park marking the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Pink bows and flags in the park and along Main Street offer a reminder of the millions of women, and their families, who are affected by breast cancer, of the importance of yearly mammograms and the need for ongoing breast-cancer research.

    Here's an edited version of my remarks, which share my mother's experience with breast cancer and the impact it had, and continues to have, on our family.

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  • Rescue efforts justified; local banks in good condition

    Voicing our support for a $700 billion taxpayer-funded rescue of financial institutions isn't easy. Public sentiment was against the bill approved by Congress last week as many Americans see it as nothing more than a bailout of Wall Street fat cats, like the one depicted in our editorial cartoon today, who have fallen on tough times due to their own greed.

    However, we believe Americans who have the most to lose if our economy nosedives into recession will benefit from the bill.

  • Nature's power and quiet after the wind

    We knew this would end. No, not a death, but the end of the quiet and calmness after the storm. The birds were even quiet, the squirrels leery of getting out and about.

    The deer were very jumpy. We were living without lights, running water and hot water. We could cook on an LP gas stove. Our neighbors couldn't, so we sent them boiling water for coffee. No showers, but generators running off and on in the distance.

  • Retirement investing exciting

    I was not qualified to write a financial column until now, but recent market activity has provided me with a quick education. The biggest lesson: Investing toward retirement is exciting.

    The company managing 401K accounts for Perry County News employees offers a high-tech feature on its Web site. We can see a line chart indicating, normally, our investments' growths as we and our company feed money into them and as they enjoy, normally, market-based growth in value.

  • Proverbial rainy day is here

    It's not rained in these parts for weeks, but for those smart enough to have socked away money over the past few years, the proverbial rainy day is here. Those with savings are better able to deal with a national financial crisis, including higher food and fuel costs.

    Sadly, I fear it's going to be raining economic hard times for a long time.

  • Cannelton leaders: Obey the law

    They knew better, but the Cannelton Common Council violated the law anyway.

    As we reported Thursday, the council's members met twice to discuss their proposed budget for 2009 without providing notice to the public or The News, according to Councilwoman Lynn Fulkerson.

    Indiana's Open Door Law requires governing bodies to provide the public 48 hours' advance notice of meetings, excluding weekends and holidays.

  • Offshore drilling should be part of nation's energy plan

    Often when a political candidate switches positions on an issue, critics deride that switch as a wishy-washy flip-flop, made only for political expediency. And often those critics are correct.

    But as situations evolve, there are times when responsibly thinking people - including politicians - should change their opinions on an issue.

  • Beyond RNC's jingoistic orgy

    I wonder what President Dwight D. Eisenhower would have thought of the essentially substanceless orgy of chauvinistic nationalism and belligerent jingoism that was the recent Republican National Convention.

    Surely he would have been appalled. It was he, after all, beloved Republican war hero, who warned us against the monstrous "military-industrial complex" that was taking shape after World War II, reminding us of our founding fathers' worry that a standing army would eventually corrupt and hobble our republic.