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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: A reason to celebrate Thanksgiving

    FRANK SANDAGE, Guest Columnist

    In my long study of our American Civil War, I have come to understand the reasons for a Thanksgiving holiday.

    On Oct. 3, 1863, just after the Union Army won battles at Vicksburg, Miss., and Gettysburg, Pa., Abraham Lincoln issued a presidential proclamation designating the last Thursday of November. “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficient father who dwelleth in the heaven.”

  • COLUMN: A temporary taste of hell

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    They say a photo is worth 1,000 words. If so, this flattering shot of me suffering from the effects of a run-in with police pepper spray is priceless.

    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve taken part in a class for future Tell City reserve police officers. One of the requirements asked of volunteers – reserve officers aren’t paid – is to take a dose of pepper spray in the face.

  • EDITORIAL: No time for childish behavior in Congress

    Watching government at work is a lot like watching children interact. First, we have elections, which are contests to see who can grab the most power. A burst piñata springs quickly to mind in looking for a similar event in childhood. Votes are the candy, and many of those grappling for them will resort to any measure necessary to ensure they gather the most.

  • COLUMN: ‘Due Date’ lacks heart, but is still enjoyable

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    Comedy is my least favorite genre to review. I love a good comedy as much as anyone, don’t get me wrong, but to critique it is an exercise in futility. Comedy is subjective; it’s all about a viewer’s personal sense of humor.  I suppose one could make this argument for all genres of film, but I find comedies are much more susceptible to divisiveness.  The point is, I can’t tell you whether or not “Due Date” is funny; I can only tell you if I thought it was funny.  

  • COLUMN: Stepping stones to re-entry

    EDWIN BUSS, Guest Columnist

    Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Like so many things in a challenging economy, corrections as we know it must change if we want to expect different results.

  • Our role in America’s future

    ANDI BAUR, Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: Cannelton High School student Andi Baur composed the following essay and read it as part of Cannelton’s Veterans Day Program Thursday.  

    My name is Andi and I am a proud stitch in the fabric of America. I live in a small town, lived here all my life. I’ve seen a lot of things here. I’ve seen corn growing in fields and a whole lot of people I’ll never really know.

  • EDITORIAL: Library merger could help patrons of both

    The Cannelton Library’s recent decision to pursue a merger with the Tell City-Perry County Library is good news for patrons of both in the short term, but there could be problems in the future.

    Both library buildings would remain open, and patrons of each would have access to all the volumes of both. Though the Tell City library is larger, each has some books that the other does not. So that means patrons of both libraries would have more choices of reading material.

  • Final election thoughts

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Whew! Another election is in the history books. While political contests normally stir excitement in this editor’s heart, this year’s races included all of that and more, including several doses of catching hell. Some thought we favored Democrats. Others called me a Republican and others called me things I wouldn’t want my mother to read on this page.

    Politics and elections affect people differently. Some live and breathe politics with all their might. Others tune out and a few even run for cover.