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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • EDITORIAL: A return to compromise?

    Now that midterm elections are over, the elected politicians will be expected to carry out their constituents’ demands. But it’s difficult to even understand what those demands are. Did people vote for a candidate because they voted straight ticket or based on one issue such as abortion, gun control or states’ rights?

    We do know the issues that were discussed in candidates’ speeches, debates and ads and can speculate those were the issues in voters’ minds when determining whom to vote for.

  • This Tree: Remembering Redbuds

    By Mary Posner, Aspen Road

    When my husband, Lou, and I moved from Indiana to Connecticut in 1978, we were surprised to discover that there were no redbud trees.  Although Connecticut had its own beauty, we always missed the brilliant color of the redbuds in the spring.

    During our very first trip to Perry County in April of 1988, our hearts lifted when we saw so many redbud and dogwood trees blooming along Highway 37. Many factors went into our decision to move here, but that welcoming sight had its influence.

  • What insurance exchanges offer

    By PETER PITTS, Guest Columnist

    In October, the Department of Health and Human Services closed its comment period for the new regional health insurance exchanges - a major component of the Obama health reforms.

    As state officials implement their plans, they should strive to ensure that these exchanges don't crowd out free-market insurance mechanisms. While the options available on these exchanges will work well for many people, a substantial slice of the patient population will find them unsuitable.

  • Chinese inflation and us

    LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    Economics is called the “dismal science.” I’m not sure it’s really a science, but lately it sure has been dismal. Most of the economic news over the past three years has been bad. Even a dismal economist gets worn out, so sometimes I go looking for good news. This week I found some, in a headline that said “In China, Inflation Raises Concern.”

  • Paranormal a surprising, chilling sequel

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

  • EDITORIAL: November is time to honor American Indian heritage

    With the turning of the calendar to November comes a time to celebrate, give thanks and pay homage to those who helped in the foundation of our nation. November may be the one month of the year when Native Americans play a prominent role in our thinking due to the history of the Thanksgiving holiday, but American Indian heritage goes well beyond the role of European helper.

    This month is Native American Heritage Month. It’s a time to recognize the various nations that called the lands of America home long before European settlers arrived on the shores.

  • Why my home is in Tell City

    ERIC KEHL, Guest Columnist

    The old saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side” has never held much credence with me. Society has trained us that we are never to be content with what we have. We must always be pursuing that next “thing” that will make us happy.

    Many people think that living in a big city market where many more opportunities are offered to us will make us happier. When in reality, these same markets can make us even unhappier.