Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: ‘Killing Lincoln’ a must-read

    By the Side of the Road

  • COLUMN: A run-in with the man who called the president the Devil


    I met Hugo Chávez once. Well, I didn’t as much meet him as quickly shake his hand while he walked down a wide plaza.

    It was one of those sudden encounters we sometimes have with celebrities that didn’t mean much to me then but certainly came to mind after the Venezuelan leader’s death last week.

  • EDITORIAL: Republican legislators right to resist Pence’s tax cut

    Our system of government is based on checks and balances, several of which were written into the U.S. Constitution.

    One check that was not written into the Constitution was the two-party system. As long as one party does not dominate any government, it is hard to pass foolish legislation, as two sides get to make their points in extensive debate first.

  • LETTER: Family of hall-of-fame inductee pleased

    Greetings from northern Indiana. My sister, Kathleen Liddy (Kramer), was born in 1959 in Tell City and I was born in 1960 in Tell City. Both of us enjoyed a recent weekend in Tell City. Kath lives in Forth Wayne and I live in Kendallville.

    We attended the Tell City High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Feb. 16 to honor our father, Norman Kramer, a 2013 class inductee.

  • LETTER: Local Humane Society members support agriculture, hunting and fishing rights

    To everyone concerned with animal issues in Perry County Feb. 22, citizens of Perry County met with state Sen. Richard Young and state Rep. Lloyd Arnold. Many issues were discussed, but one that was brought up was pending legislation – Senate Joint Resolution 7 – concerning the rights to hunt, fish and crow crops.

  • COLUMN: The amazing property-tax reassessment of 2013

    Guest Columnist

    Every six to 10 years Indiana has a statewide reassessment to update property values for property tax bills. We remeasure the characteristics of real property – square footage, building materials, home improvements and so forth.

    We apply new data on prices and costs to these characteristics. Since we waited so long between reassessments, we would update for six to 10 years of inflation all at once. Assessed values would jump.

  • COLUMN: The issue with entitlements

    Guest Columnist

    “Can I take a federal tax deduction for mortgage interest?” (Yes.)

    “For state income and local property taxes?” (Yes.)

    “How about municipal bond interest?” (That, too.)

    “On earned income from wages?” (That’s a tax credit and it depends.)

    What about employer-provided health insurance?” (Sure.)

    “Charitable deductions?” (Yup.)

    “Dinner out and a show?” (Sorry, no.)

  • EDITORIAL: Benedict’s resignation changes papacy forever

    Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign the papacy has forever changed the way the world views the man who holds the keys of St. Peter. That may not be a bad thing since the man who will replace Benedict faces real-world issues that demand quick and decisive action.

    Berlin Archbishop Rainer Woelki was on the mark when he called Benedict’s decision to step down, the first pope to do so in six centuries, “a demystification of the papal office.”