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Today's Opinions

  • Suffering under drought

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The past three months have been dry as a bone and while I hear that most farmers are harvesting decent-sized crops this fall, the combination of a lack of rain and hot temperatures has taken their toll.

    It’s a disappointing end to what had been until late July quite a good growing season. Corn crops planted early fared OK but soybeans that mature later in the summer were nipped by the lack of rain and worst hit perhaps are hayfields and pastures. Both have withered to the point that once-green fields are khaki.  

  • EDITORIAL: Our gifts to United Way help in many ways

    United Way of Perry County’s yearly funding drive is under way. The success of the group’s efforts depends on each of us. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $125,000 for support groups that provide a wide range of services within our community

  • Weekend paintball war: Local cops 2, editor 0

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    A round of paintballing with some of Perry County generally peaceable police officers left me smarting last week. All I can say is that I received no justice.

    I began the day optimistic that I was going to hold my own in a few rounds of paintball with Tell City cops and state troopers. I sulked home that night with bruises to my legs, arms and shoulder. My battle wounds included a swollen testicle and while that may be too much information, the worst damage was done to my ego.

  • Working together, we can defeat breast cancer

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this time, groups and organizations will raise funds to combat this disease, but the month is about more than just fundraising and pink ribbons. It’s about remembering those lost and honoring those who have fought and won the battle. And it’s about helping women understand the risks of this horrible and painful cancer.

  • ‘Town’ has something for everyone

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    “The Town,” based on the very enjoyable novel “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan, is a film about Boston. More specifically, it’s about a part of Boston called Charlestown. Much like “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” the city itself is a character. Ben Affleck (who co-writes, directs, and stars) has done a fine job of incorporating the city into the film. I found his ability to place the viewer into a scene much more impressive, though.

  • Over-the-air radios in cell phones provide vital link when emergencies strike

    Your editorial of Sept. 9 (“Government should not require FM radios on cell phones”) made the case that “over the air” radio receivers should not be in cell phones because they might “drain the battery” in an emergency.

    The case for over the air radios in cell phones is the extreme emergencies of recent years: Katrina, Haiti, Chile and our own ice storm of 2009. In those extreme cases there was no electricity, Internet, cell phones, regular telephones or cable.

  • Democracy relies on collective votes

    DICK HEDRICK, Guest Columnist

    As the November election approaches, citizens of this great nation of ours will once again have the opportunity to vote in the incumbents or “throw the scoundrels out.” While the U.S. may be the model for how a democratic republic successfully operates over time, the fact is that seldom do more than 50 percent of its eligible voters bother to exercise this civic responsibility.  

    In the freest and most fortunate country on the planet, why is this the case?  Why don’t more voters go to the polls?

  • Women work at least as hard as men; pay them accordingly

    We’re a nation that considers ourself among the greatest on the planet. So why do we have such a problem treating ourselves properly?

    We pretend to hold women in high esteem, yet when payday rolls around, we shortchange them by double-digit percentages.