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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: War and the Christmas Truce

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    World War I began in August of 1914. Tragically, by December, thousands of young men had died and the war was at a stalemate. Trench warfare had begun and countless German and British boys were cold, scared and homesick. The Christmas season only made matters worse as the soldiers reflected on past holiday seasons spent in warm homes amidst loved ones.

    For many, it seemed that things couldn’t get much worse.

  • COLUMN: Holiday reflections on a favorite Christmas gift

    By DICK HEDRICK, By the Side of the Road

    The memory of my mother’s standard response when asked what she wanted for Christmas each year – “kind words” – has given me pause this holiday season. Being somewhat more materialistic, my response to the same question has always been “a gift certificate from a bookstore would be nice.” I try to be helpful.

  • COLUMN: A visit by St. Nicholas

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    As of Friday morning, I had an old shoe ready for St. Nicholas’ visit Sunday night. With any luck, I will have found a few pieces of chocolate inside the shoe the next morning.

    Will I really get excited when I walk onto my porch Monday? Not really, but it’s worth keeping an old tradition and a reminder that some customs, no matter how far removed, are worthwhile.

  • EDITORIAL: Pearl Harbor remembered

    Tuesday marks the 69th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. This  editorial was written by Cannelton News Editor Bob Cummings and published Dec. 6, 1960. At that time, the county was home to hundreds of World War II veterans. The number of living vets who fought in the war are far fewer today, but the relevance of Pearl Harbor Day remains. Cummings’ editorial is published here in its original words.

    Cannelton News Editorial Published Dec. 6, 1960

  • EDITORIAL: Healthy choices need to be made at home first

    Thursday saw Congress sign a new childhood nutrition bill that will now be presented to President Obama to sign into law. You may have heard of the bill; it’s the same one First Lady Michelle Obama is backing in which new nutrition standards will be set for foods sold in schools. According to TheHill.com, the $4.5 million bill will also expand the eligibility of children in need to participate in school-meal programs and give schools a 6-cent increase to help cafeterias serve healthier meals.

  • COLUMN: Dwayne Johnson back in action

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

  • VNA, United Way: Strong local partners

    In today’s society, health and human-services needs are ever-increasing. Providing help for people in crisis, making families and youth stronger and improving the health and well-being of individuals are much needed services in every community. By funding programs that address these and other needs, the United Way of Perry County is making a huge impact in our own community.

  • Hospital auxiliary’s holiday bazaar a success

    We want to thank everyone who supported our recent Perry County Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar by buying bake-sale items, raffle tickets, craft items, making gift shop purchases or by enjoying our turkey and dressing luncheon. It took every auxiliary member to help us with this event. They truly enjoy being able to hold this event every year.
    We really appreciate all the support you give us each year with this special day as well as with our other fund raising projects. The monies we raise go to help fund different needs of our local hospital.