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Today's Opinions

  • Orange County to Perry County

    Editor's Note: A Quality of Life Committee working under the auspices of the Perry County Development Corp. is partnering with The News to present stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. Patricia Newton Cooper penned this month's view.

    We moved back to Perry County after retiring in the summer of 2008. Since then, we have been asked, "Why did you move back to Perry County when there is so much more to do in Orange County, California?"

  • Why do I love soccer?

    My family members, friends and even my co-workers can attest to my undying and, I'll admit, sometimes obsessive love of soccer.

    Or football, as I like to call it. And trust me, I've tried to get others to, as well.

    World Cup ended recently and with it an absolutely grueling and fantastic month in which I waited patiently for scores during work, watched two of my favorite teams - USA and Portugal - leave after the round of 16 and ventured all the way to Bloomington just to watch a game with my best friend at a local bar.

  • 'Karate Kid' doesn't hold up to original

    I'll admit, I planned on holding out until the DVD came out to watch "The Karate Kid," but my niece wanted to watch it and I can't tell my niece "no" if she wants to watch a movie.

    So I watched it ... and it's not all that bad.

    Make no mistakes, though, if you watch "The Karate Kid," you should watch the one from the 80s. However, there are certainly worse movies to watch in theaters right now.

  • State officials should find useful work

    Maybe we should rethink our practice of calling the people we send to Indianapolis "lawmakers."

    If you present a problem to a surgeon, you're likely to get a solution involving a scalpel. A carpenter might suggest a hammer. A legislator enacts a law.

    The state's General Assembly passed a law in 2009 that resulted in a study that resulted in a news release Wednesday from the state's Education Department. It suggested schools and universities could save money by using the state-employees health-insurance plan.

  • Soccer, gin and gaucho swagger

    I'm not much of a soccer fan and while the digital video recorder on my television captured some of the games of the World Cup, I have yet to find the time to watch them.

    I did, however, take keen interest in Tuesday's semifinals game between Netherlands and Uruguay. I've repeatedly visited both nations and feel an affinity for the people and their cultures, which both contrast and conform to one another.

  • Nothing redeeming about Shyamalan's 'Airbender'

    M. Night Shyamalan has outdone himself yet again ... but not in a good way.

    I actually enjoyed his films up until "The Village," which had its moments but was ultimately a letdown. Then "The Lady in the Water" came out and I couldn't gain interest in it whatsoever.

    He hit his low spot with "The Happening," but even that movie is redeeming in you can make fun of it to get some enjoyment.

    Now, he has unleashed "The Last Airbender," a film not even worth making fun of.

  • Declaration of Independence: Required reading for all

    All of us should take a short break from the fireworks and festivities of the Independence Day holiday to do one important thing: read the Declaration of Independence.

    Many of us haven't given the document a glance since high school civics class. Some may never have read the words signed 234 years ago. We know the names of the men who signed the document - Jefferson, Franklin and Hancock - but some have never read their words. Now's the time.

  • Get ready for 4-H fair fun

    It's almost fair time. That means it's time to see what some of the best, brightest and hardest working youth in the community have been doing. Hundreds of youth from across Perry County and surrounding areas will be exhibiting projects. It's a great experience to see what they have learned.

    Fair is a time to show just a portion of what 4-H members do but we know that 4-H is much more then the fair. What is 4-H?