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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Volunteers needed for local Junior Achievement programs in schools

    If you have been thinking about volunteering for Junior Achievement, now’s your chance.

    Each year, Junior Achievement recruits business professionals, parents, retirees and college students to serve as volunteers to go into schools and teach JA programs.

    These volunteers use their personal experiences and JA’s curricula to teach students different aspects of economics, including how a community works, how to manage personal finances or even how to run a business.

  • LETTER: The history behind Indiana’s ‘Moon Trees’

    Standing on the 200 block of 15th street in Tell City, you wouldn’t notice anything unusual. The Forest Service office stands on the east side and there is a fence surrounding the compound. Behind the fence stand two sweetgum trees huddled together. They are much like the others you see all over town and throughout the Hoosier National Forest.

  • COLUMN: TC Electric marks 70 years

    By MARLOW SMETHURST, Guest Columnist

    The Tell City Electric Department celebrates its 70th anniversary today. Before 1941, electric service to Tell City and the surrounding area, including Cannelton, Troy and Hawesville, Ky., was provided by the Ohio River Power Company, which owned and operated an electricity-generation plant in Tell City.

  • COLUMN: Stingy? No. Thrifty? Yes

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I grew up appreciating the value of a dollar and while I don’t pinch pennies as tight as some people, I don’t like to let things go to waste.

  • EDITORIAL: Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to postal dilemma

    To ensure its future, the United States Postal Service must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems. Year after year, the United States Postal Service continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its significant underlying organizational and operational issues. Instead it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

  • COLUMN: Class-size math not so simple

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ, Guest Columnist

    Doing the math on education funding has many Indiana school districts sizing up class size.

    School funding reductions have persuaded some Hoosier schools to cut faculty. Ball State researchers estimated the average school district has laid off nine teachers and five teacher aids. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, that leaves about 17 students per teacher. The national average is 15.

  • LETTER: Perry County needs animal-control officer

    I’m writing in regard to an article in the Sept. 5 issue of The Perry County News concerning an animal-control ordinance.

    However this letter is not about the ordinance, I’m just expressing my opinions on some of the statements made.

    First of all, Jim Carter would never purposely mislead the public concerning animal welfare. If there is confusion or misunderstanding, ask him and he will explain.

  • LETTER: CHS student a model of student leadership

    Many thanks to Mikah Hemmings, a sophomore at Cannelton High School, for her efforts in planning and executing a service-learning project to clean up the landscaping around the William Bennett Early Learning Center and its bump-outs along Washington Street in Cannelton.

    We also appreciate the following individuals and companies who assisted in this fully donated effort:  Ralph Terry and Special-T Lawn Service, Tell City Wal-Mart, The Green House, Family Roots Nursery, Jewel James, Scott Hemmings and Cheop of Jasper.