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Today's Opinions

  • 'Prince of Persia' not terribly entertaining

    "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," the latest video-game adaptation, is not likely to change anyone's mind regarding the video-game-as-movie genre. I actually enjoy a few of the hated video-game adaptations, but this film was just a bland experience. It's not terrible, but it's certainly not consistently entertaining.

  • Think before you change the constitution

    If you're a voter, you'll be asked in November if you want to help change the Indiana Constitution.

    Property-tax caps that have been the subject of numerous news stories, several here and many elsewhere, survived the first of the steps, in 2008 and this year, required to get them into the state's most important document.

    Step 3 is yours to handle, as a voter in November's election.

  • A debt I can't repay in full

    I didn't recognize the guy in the pickup truck and while he didn't seem to pay much attention to the activities under way in City Hall Park May 30, his innocent drive-by on the Sunday before Memorial Day helped me. He left me with a new understanding of just how lucky we are to live in a nation where we can do pretty much what we want.

  • Remember veterans this Memorial Day, every day

    Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside since 1868 to honor and remember our nation's veterans.

    Then it was called Decoration Day and was established by an organization of Union veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic.

    The first observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery, where officials including Gen. Ulysses S. Grant presided over ceremonies. Children from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphan Home and members of GAR made their way through the cemetery reciting prayers and singing hymns while putting flowers on Union and Confederate graves.

  • Purgatory on a hillside

    Not everyone believes in purgatory, that place between heaven and hell where sinners are purged of their wrongdoings.

    Though it's been a long time since I sat through a catechism class, Catholics are still taught that purgatory exists and for people like me who harbor more than a few not-yet-atoned-for sins, purgatory sure beats that other place. While the sign over it marks it as a one-way entrance through which people never leave, purgatory isn't a place for all eternity. It's like a busy doctor's office. Eventually your name gets called.

  • Back to the place I call home

    Editor's Note: A Quality of Life Committee working under the auspices of the Perry County Development Corp. is partnering with The News to present the stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. This column was written by Chad James.

    In 1991, I moved away from Perry County, excited to begin my college years at Purdue University. The previous 18 years were spent largely with family. My mother had 13 siblings and my father had 11.  

  • Should we let our secret out?

    (Shhhhh ... don't tell Indiana.)

    The state received a notice early this month that it again earned a failing grade for educating its preschool children.

    Because it doesn't.

    Indiana's top education officials only recently realized, apparently, that children of kindergarten age can and should be learning, if, that is, the kids want to walk into their first day of first grade without looking, well, uneducated.

  • Betty White an inspiration to senior citizens

    In seven years it is projected that people in the world over age 65 will outnumber those under age 5 for the first time in history.

    Fortunately for our society, older people in nearly every walk of life are more active and productive than their counterparts were a generation ago. Many say age 60 is the new 40 and age 80 is the new 60, and there is some evidence to back those claims.