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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Remembering the dead

    VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I once head an interesting story about how one local church pastor, on the occasion of All Souls Day Nov. 2, invited parishioners to gather in the church cemetery for a blessing of graves.

    Each person was asked to stand by a grave and a few minutes later, with people standing by the graves of relatives, friends and perhaps complete strangers, parishioners remembered the dead.

  • NPR analyst’s fear exists within us

    Many white people avoid neighborhoods where the residents are predominantly black. Many black people know to avoid certain white neighborhoods.

    Racism has not disappeared from America, and isn’t likely to for a very long time.

    So we were not surprised to learn that a news analyst for National Public Radio said, “when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

  • We might say ‘Social Network’ defies generations

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    “The Social Network,” also known as “The Facebook Movie,” seemed like a joke when I first heard about it. OK, a popular Web site that seemingly everyone uses is getting its own movie. Sounds like a gimmick. Then I read that Aaron Sorkin was writing it and David Fincher was directing it. How quickly gimmick turns into entertaining art.