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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Rules in scannerland

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Have a police scanner at home? A lot of people do. I’ve been reminded of just how many on several occasions in the last several months while watching scanner owners navigate around the scenes of accidents I’ve covered.

    As a wrote several years ago, my thinking process has uncovered an idea for a new board game, perfect for those lazy afternoons when nothing is going on. You’ve heard of Candyland, but just wait until you play Scannerland.

  • EDITORIAL: Will you be part of a severe-weather problem or part of the solution?

    When a disaster strikes, will you be part of the problem or part of the solution?

    Just as it seems we’re coming out from under an onslaught of harsh weather, a declaration by the county commissioners a week ago reminds us: The severe-weather season is coming.

    They voted at their March 3 meeting to designate March 16-22 Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

  • Where Congress falls short ... and where it doesn’t

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.

  • COLUMN: Who lit the fuse? We do know

    By ELIJAH BRYANT
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: This column was written in response to a Thursday column by News Managing Editor Kevin Koelling titled “Who lit the fuse leading to the Big Bang Theory?”

    I remember being in the fifth grade in Mr. Gibson’s science class. We had some time to work on a project and I happened to finish early, and thus led me to flipping through the pages of a worn out science textbook.

  • COLUMN: Harsh winter has been hard on many bluebirds

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The winter nearly all of us want to see gone has been hard on just about everything, people, pets, livestock and most of nature’s other inhabitants.

    One of many people’s favorite feathered friends, bluebirds, have taken a big hit, it seems. Two people have come to the News over the past week after finding several dead bluebirds in their birdhouses.

  • EDITORIAL: New education standards require contemplation

    An effort to put together new academic standards for Indiana schools continues, as does the move away from Common Core State Standards.

    The Indiana State Board of Education is working to develop kindergarten-through-12th grade standards for Indiana separate from Common Core. Our desire is that the standards be challenging and realistic. But just as the old saying goes that a camel is a horse designed by committee, danger exists for the workability of the standards the state board is amassing.

  • EDITORIAL: Another step forward for downtown development

    Word of rental-housing tax credits awarded last week to a future project in downtown Tell City is good news for our community and Perry County. A healthy vibrant downtown is what every city needs and for Tell City, the multimillion project known as River Pointe will bring not only development and construction jobs to the city, but people.

  • COLUMN: Who lit the fuse leading to the Big Bang Theory?

    KEVIN KOELLING
    MANAGING EDITOR

    The National Science Foundation reports – as if it’s a bad thing – that one quarter of us Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth.

    I have evidence.

    They’re called sunrise and sunset. If they happen as the scientists say they do, why don’t we call them “Earth’s rotation into sunlight” and “Earth’s rotation into darkness?”