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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Tell City still has a musical heart

    It goes without saying that there is quite a talent pool in our area. The annual talent show at Schweizer Fest and the Shooting for the Stars contest in the summer are just two of the many opportunities residents get to show their stuff.

  • LETTER: Company wrong about gasification impact

    No significant impact on the environment? That is what Indiana Gasification wants us to believe about the amount of pollution that will be produced by the proposed synthetic gas project.

    They compare the amounts of pollution to coal-fired electric plants in the area. Of course they are going to have less pollution than any of the AEP, Vectren or Duke Energy power plants.

    We understand that these power plants burn the coal that is used and that the syngas plant will use the coal in a chemical process. But there will be pollution released into the atmosphere.

  • COLUMN: Achieving Dr. Bosler’s dream

    BY REBECCA FENN, Guest Columnist

    When I returned from vacation recently, I was saddened to read of Dr. Bernie Bosler’s death. While I didn’t know him well, I was always impressed by his sincere interest in the well-being of our community. When we would run into each other at the post office, he always asked me how things were going with United Way and it wasn’t just a polite question – he really cared.

  • COLUMN: A much-needed vacation

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’m usually not all that keen on summer getaways, at least as far as lying next to a pool or perched under a cabana drinking tequila.

    Beer commercials and cruise-company propaganda make it tempting to devote my vacation time to sand and surf, but I’ve seldom taken summer beach vacations. It’s hard getting away during the summer months. Other co-workers often take off during the summer and I’d rather spend time outdoors when the weather is more comfortable.

  • EDITORIAL: Change in pension funding could keep six-day mail delivery viable

    In his autobiography, Mark Twain said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” There was a lot of truth in that humorous remark, which helps explain why the facts aren’t always what they appear to be.

    One example is the often-stated “fact” that the U.S. Postal Service is losing money and needs to reduce mail delivery from six to five days a week and eventually to three days a week.

  • COLUMN: Mulberry-dotted mare a silly sight

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    When I was a kid in Hobart, my aunt Elsie would take me berry picking with her every summer. We had a wonderful time, roaming the verdant woods and picking mulberries or blackberries; whichever was in season. It was always hot during berry-picking season, but that didn’t discourage us. We walked for miles, but a big bowl of the wild fruit with milk and sugar when we got home made it worth enduring. Just writing this brings back lots of wonderful family memories.

  • COLUMN: Appointments should be open

    By JIM ALEXANDER, Guest Columnist

    I was surprised to read in the July 25 News that Perry County Memorial Hospital Administrator Joe Stuber stated that per state law, the county commissioners may appoint to the hospital board of trustees only people whom the board has first recommended.

    This would seem to give the hospital board almost-unheard of power and lack of accountability. In order to better understand the situation, I have sent the following e-mail to State Rep. Sue Ellspermann.

  • COLUMN: The naked woman in my shower

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    For someone accustomed to showering alone, the appearance of a naked stranger in the bathroom can be a bit alarming. I was bleary-eyed tired but sober and one-night stands have never been my style. Nevertheless, I climbed in a couple of weeks ago, more than willing to share my body wash with the long-legged lady.

    The lady was a spider, a daddy-long-legs that somehow found its way into my shower overnight.