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Today's Opinions

  • ‘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.

  • INDOT deputy commissioner responds to decision to halt Indiana 245 project at Santa Claus

    By RUSSELL FOWLER, INDOT Vincennes District Deputy Commissioner

    As deputy commissioner for the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Vincennes District, I recently made the difficult decision to end construction on the Indiana 245 project in Spencer County.

  • Perry County is at a crossroads

    By JONATHAN SANDERS, Guest Columnist

    As we near the start of absentee voting for the November elections, we must evaluate where our local government has taken us and where we’d like to be. This is perhaps more critical to consider at the local level than at the national level because the effectiveness of local government impacts almost every aspect of our lives.

  • War on the waistline begins today

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    You won’t find me eating unhealthy foods any more … at least not until Christmas Eve. I’m on the diet wagon and I’m committed to ending the year in better shape than I’ve spent the past few years.  

  • It’s time to ban herbal products abused as pot

    Herbal products that have become a dangerous but legal substitute for marijuana need to be banned. Spencer County commissioners did that last week and at least one state legislator is looking to do the same statewide. We support them and encourage county leaders here to consider a similar ban – soon.
     

    “K2” is a brand name for a legal product consisting of a blend of dried herbs that has been sprayed with a chemical and that when smoked, produces a euphoria similar to that of marijuana.