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Today's Opinions

  • Bishop Paul D. Etienne, Ad multos annos!

    We're always pleased when Perry Countians do well, even when those successes take them far from home.

    News in October that the Rev. Paul Etienne had been chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to become the eighth bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming, left Perry Countians of all faiths justly proud of their native son.

    Here is someone reared in our community and educated in our schools, carrying our values, chosen to shepherd thousands of souls.

  • Note to self: Think before talking

    My face reddens easily, but never more quickly than when I say something I shouldn't. I can take back what I write, at least before the paper goes to print, but words that leave my mouth can't be retracted.

  • For cities, county, a lot rides on Census 2010

    In just a few months Census 2010 will become a reality, with Perry County residents receiving their census forms in the mail. We can't stress how important it is for all of us to participate and complete the simple 10-question form.

    Tell City has formed a Complete Count Committee, led by Louie and Marcie Heitkemper with representatives from schools, community groups, churches and media. Its chief goal is to educate citizens about how important the census is. That group's message is equally important to all county residents.

  • Holiday traditions good and bad

    The holiday season isn't just about eating, but meals seem to be an important part of year-end celebrations for many of us. They certainly are for me.

    One of my holiday goals has been finding more time to spend with family, friends and others in the community. With one holiday down and two to go, my record is mixed, but I'm still determined to spend more time enjoying others' company and less time working.

  • Recovery home makes sense

    I am perplexed. I am confused. I am disappointed. And more importantly, I am ashamed. Why? Because of the recent negative debate and denial of the proposed halfway house on Girl Scout Road.

  • Film offers little beyond destruction

    "This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper." Director Roland Emmerich would wholeheartedly disagree with T.S. Eliot on that point. Emmerich destroys the planet in the loudest possible way he can and when he’s showcasing the planet’s destruction, "2012" works and is entertaining.

    When Emmerich tries to build characters and emotional connections - not so much.

  • 'Build and neglect' hurting us all

    By Jack Joyce

    It is unfortunate when The News reports the failure of the referendum on the Tell City-Troy Township School bond issue. There is no doubt that the school corporation needs to catch up with four decades of neglect.

    There should not be any surprise from current policy boards or current management. Build it and let it fall down from neglect is not what the voters expect from their elected and appointed officials.

  • Smoking affects everyone

    In the Nov. 19 issue of The News, a few disturbing facts came to light about the number of women in Perry County who smoke or have smoked during pregnancy. It's chilling to realize that 47 percent of our county's pregnant women smoke, not only exposing themselves to the harmful effects of the toxins of cigarettes but exposing their babies to them as well.