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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Bill offers Pence a safety net if he runs for president. Why?

    By DAVE BANGERT
    Guest Columnist

    Somehow, Gov. Mike Pence must have a string in his back, the way certain action figures once did, specially designed in this case to handle one question, playing on a loop in Indiana and beyond.

    Are you running for president in 2016?

    Pull the string, and hear Pence’s sincere inflection: “My focus is Indiana. (click) My focus is Indiana. (click) My focus is …”

    Click. Click. Click.

    You’ve heard it enough by now to know.

  • COLUMN: 2015’s arrival brings transitions, headlines

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The News just finished recapping the major stories of 2014 and while it’s still the first week of the new year, there’s no doubt the coming 12 months will be filled with news. From upcoming city elections and downtown redevelopment to a new hospital on the cusp of completion, we have a lot of report on in 2015.

  • EDITORIAL: Steps all of us can take to beat the post-holiday blues

    The holiday blues may sound more like a belated addition to the repertoire of Christmas music that dominated the airwaves last month than a mental-health challenge, but they can be painful nonetheless.

    After a month or more of planning, visiting, shopping, decorating and otherwise preparing for Christmas and the New Year, it can be hard to settle back into the average rhythms of day-to-day life. To make matters worse, the short days of winter aren’t going anywhere just yet, and lack of sunlight can compound the depression experienced by so many this time of year.

  • LETTER: Congress must fix ailing immigration system

    Nearly everyone agrees the U.S. immigration system, with its inefficiency, inconsistent enforcement and incoherent results, is broken. While no one supports the current system, the failure of Congress to reach an agreement on immigration reform has left us in law enforcement facing a growing multitude of problems. Frustration with this situation led to various states, including Indiana, passing their own immigration laws.

  • LETTER: Torture report filled with shortcomings

    I am writing about the editorial about the USA torturing our terror prisoners and several things were not included that should have been.

    This report was by Democrats and only Democrats;  Republicans were going to be part of the investigation but dropped out when the Democrats were only going to go by what they have heard.

    Another problem with the report is that no interviews were done of anyone involved with the prisoners.

  • COLUMN: Let’s focus on the economy

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

    Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years, the federal deficit is shrinking, the stock market is robust, and the Fed is expressing enough faith in the economy that an interest rate bump next year is considered a certainty.

    Yet the public remains unconvinced. This is partly because perceptions haven’t caught up to reality. For many middle- and lower-class families, economic circumstances have not changed very much.

  • COLUMN: Don’t miss Silvesternacht

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Are you ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Look no further than downtown Tell City and the third annual Silvesternacht.

    This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration offers something for everyone in the family. Sponsored by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, Silvesternacht has become a community celebration of New Year’s Eve. A list of activities appears in this edition.

  • EDITORIAL: Pope Francis clear choice for Man of Year

    Many publications are now naming their Man, Woman or Person of the Year, and to us the clear winner of the award has to be Pope Francis for the positive influence he has had on the world – and not just its 1.2 billion Catholics.

    Since becoming pope 21½ months ago, besides trying to make positive reforms in his church he has played a key role in world affairs. The latest example of that came 12 days ago when it was revealed that he had been instrumental in getting the United States and Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations between them.