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Today's Opinions

  • Is America’s major policy shift on Iran a ‘great deal?’

    DAN COATS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    In a recent address to the nation, President Barack Obama acknowledged Iran “has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community.” In the same speech the president vowed to “prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

  • Workers tear up product of hard work, love

    I live at 4525 Boyd Road. My hobby and passion is growing beautiful flowers. It is something I love to do and I am good at it.

    Two months ago I made five new flower beds with perennials I have been growing for four years.

    Two weeks ago, while I was at work, the people who are burying the telephone line all over Perry County came to my yard. What they did to my yard is a crying shame. They tore it completely up and there is nothing left of my five flower beds. I can’t even find a single perennial.

  • Do you think Obama should be impeached?

    I’d like to respond both to GOP politicians along with their Tea Party followers about their accusations that Obama is abusing his power. I’ll respond by asking them a few questions.

    1. What if Obama or any other president suspended the Writ of Habeous Corpus in response to a national emergency? Do you then think he should be impeached?

  • Can IRS tax government?

    GREG ZOELLER
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Can the IRS require Indiana’s state government to pay a tax penalty just like any other employer? The answer will set a precedent that goes to the fundamental relationship between states and the federal government.

    Much confusion exists over the lawsuit my office recently filed against the IRS, similar to the confusion over the Affordable Care Act itself. Simply put, our lawsuit seeks a declaration by the court as to what the law means and how it affects state government.

  • Let’s make residents put their toys away

    KEVIN KOELLING
    MANAGING EDITOR

    Members of the Tell City Common Council are considering new rules that would ban or limit the parking of boats and other recreational vehicles along city streets.

    The News reported their concerns Nov. 11. They were based on “some residents” asking for new rules, we informed you. Mayor Barbara Ewing said she’s received comments from some who felt current regulations are too lax and allow parking of those items all the time, regardless of how often they are used.

  • Federal powers juxtaposed by states’ rights, autonomy

    It’s the American way to remonstrate against the government when the legislature’s actions don’t coincide with the populaces’ opinion on the direction they lead the nation. The United States was built on such principles.

    But in the 237 years since colonists first put pen to paper to declare they would no longer accept a despot monarchy that ruled the people past the point of oppression, the average American’s voice has been somewhat lost when it comes to choices their leaders make.

  • Our local schools, taxpayers deserve better

    State Rep. Ron Bacon
    Guest Columnist

    As you may have heard by now, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson  announced that her office had finalized a settlement of a federal securities fraud lawsuit. The $14 million lawsuit accused the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association of defrauding Hoosier schools out of over $27 million.

  • Remembering Mr. Bennett

    STEVE EPLEY
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. Black Friday has come and gone. Let us give thanks.

    Every day could be Thanksgiving Day if we would only stop and think. Someone wisely said, “Thinkfulness produces thankfulness.” Lately I’ve been thinking about Mr. Bennett, a former principal of Myers Grade School in Cannelton.

    My memories of this good man have been stirred by the realization that the year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the removal of Bible reading and prayer from our public schools.