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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Let’s keep guns out of the hands of criminals

    I do not own an assault weapon, nor do I have any desire to own one. In fact there’s no reason for me to have one, no reason for you to have one either. But to ban them ?

    What’s next? Pistols, shotguns, bows and arrows? You say that will never happen. Let’s hope not. But we all know things change. Politicians change from one week to the next.

    Whatever’s hot today. That’s what they’ll vote for, what they think will get them future votes.

  • LETTER: TCHS Class of 1962 generous to others

    The Council on Agencies in Tell City would like to thank the Tell City High School Class of 1962 for their recent financial donation.

    These funds, collected in lieu of a gift exchange during the group’s Christmas party, will be especially beneficial as the council struggles to keep up with the increasing number of families who find it difficult to purchase the food they need.

    Local donations and funds provided by the United Way enable our county’s food pantries to operate successfully.

  • LETTER: Please get your firearms facts straight

    In reference to your recent editorial, it is extremely difficult to have a reasoned discussion concerning gun control when proponents use misleading, intentionally demonized definitions.

    You show a total lack of understanding concerning “assault weapons” since that term does not exist in military lexicon because, oddly enough, they consider all weapons systems to be “assault weapons.”

  • COLUMN: Forest offers winter adventures

    By CHRIS ZIMMER
    Guest Columnist

    Happy New Year from your Hoosier National Forest, Indiana’s National Treasure. As we welcome the New Year, consider the many fun things to do in the Hoosier National Forest in winter.

  • COLUMN: Entertaining ‘Django’ one of year’s best

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Review

    Quentin Tarantino has become a somewhat controversial figure in cinema. There are the Tarantino devotees, who have been on board since they first saw “Reservoir Dogs” and enjoy every single thing he does. I can nearly be classified as part of this group.

    Then there are the people that have been less than impressed with everything he has done since “Pulp Fiction.”

  • COLUMN: Remember that bleak Jan. 22

    By ROBERT MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    I vividly remember January 22, 1973. Richard Nixon had just been inaugurated for a second term. That thought depressed me. Lyndon Johnson, a virtual exile in Texas, died of a heart attack. And the news of a breakthrough in negotiations to end the Vietnam War commanded attention. It seemed we might get our POWs back.

  • COLUMN: Guns, school safety and strong emotions

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    We’re always happy when editorials on this page generate letters to the editor, even when it’s a mistake of ours that gets people putting pen to paper.

    Last week’s editorial advocating tighter restrictions on assault-style firearms generated quite the buzz. That’s good. Our editorial contained an error in saying school shootings were carried out with automatic weapons. Instead, they were done with semiautomatic weapons. There is a difference.

  • EDITORIAL: Be aware of school buses; watch for the stop arm

    We hear a lot of things on the police scanners that sit in the office at the News. Most of the time, the calls are what you would expect. But it seems lately, with schools in the county back in session, there have been a few calls in about motorists illegally passing buses while they are stopped and delivering or collecting students.

    It’s not an epidemic in the county by any means, however even hearing two or three instances are cause for concern.