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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Memories of Magic Mountain

    By MAUREEN HOULE, Guest Columnist

    Looking over the little town of Cannelton I think of it as Magic Mountain. You will say, “no,” but my brothers and I lived on that mountain and we know the truth.

    Now that I am old, I just might say, “yep, it is a hill.” But, then again, I might not.
    The hill above our house was covered with honeysuckle and a variety of young hardwood trees. It had many hiding places for us to explore and play around.

  • COLUMN: Hopes for kinder seasons

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Rain, rain and flooded fields, covered roads and sandbags. It’s been a spring to remember, though a lot of us would rather forget the aggravation and, in some cases, damage caused by flooding.

    The Ohio River, as of Friday, was continuing its retreat, but there were plenty of roads still covered. I’ve heard reports of people having to take boats to either get to work or to shorten what would be long commutes. A woman who lives in the Tobinsport area said last week her commute to Tell City is right at an hour!

  • EDITORIAL: A final salute to the Tell City Armory

    There’s no doubt Tell City and Perry County people will continue to answer the calls of their community, their state and their nation as members of the Indiana National Guard, but they will no longer assemble in what was until Thursday the Tell City Armory.

    From a grammatical standpoint, it’s not proper to capitalize armory in that usage. Technically, it has always been an Indiana National Guard armory in Tell City. The National Guard is a state organization, and when ordered into service, falls under federal control.

  • COLUMN: Crazy action (and The Rock) keeps ‘Fast Five’ running

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

  • COLUMN: Here in the real world

    By KASSI ROGERS, Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of guest columns from readers who have returned to Perry County after time away or who moved here.

    There is something to be said for life in a smaller town. When I was a kid growing up, I couldn’t wait to venture out in to the “real world.”

  • COLUMN: A night with St. Walburga

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    My friends think I’m bordering on paganism, but I planned to join with a couple of friends Saturday night for Walpurgis Night, or Walpurgisnacht in German.

    The April 30 occasion may be one few readers have heard of, but it’s a tradition I’ve been wanting to start since taking part in a Walpurgisnacht celebration a few years ago.

  • EDITORIAL: Big challenges bring out the best in us

    Floodwaters were finally receding Friday. Good news for everyone threatened over many days by the rising Ohio River.

    The flood of 2011 caused its share of problems, a handful of evacuations, flooded basements and sandbagging operations, but it also brought out the very best in us.

  • COLUMN: Women and Social Security

    By KEN CORDER, Guest Columnist

    While the Social Security program treats all workers – men and women – exactly the same in terms of benefits they can receive, women need to know what the program means to them in their particular circumstances. Understanding the benefits to which they may be entitled may mean the difference between living more comfortably versus just getting by in their retirement years.