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Today's Opinions

  • Things this smart German boy can, can’t do

    An old priest in Cincinnati with the last name of Schmidt used to assure me there was nothing a smart German boy couldn’t do. He made me a believer. The man made beer and wine, played the violin, spoke several languages and though advanced in years when I knew him, tended his own garden, made his own horseradish and was an expert pistol marksmen and woodcarver. He was a well-loved priest, too.

  • Shop at home first

    Thanksgiving leftovers may still be with us, but Black Friday is gone and along with it the hoopla, big sales and crowded stores. What is left is a Christmas season with 26 days left.

    While plenty of gifts were purchased over the weekend, most of us still have plenty of shopping to do and we encourage our readers to do most of that here at home in Perry County.

  • COLUMN: A reason to celebrate Thanksgiving

    FRANK SANDAGE, Guest Columnist

    In my long study of our American Civil War, I have come to understand the reasons for a Thanksgiving holiday.

    On Oct. 3, 1863, just after the Union Army won battles at Vicksburg, Miss., and Gettysburg, Pa., Abraham Lincoln issued a presidential proclamation designating the last Thursday of November. “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficient father who dwelleth in the heaven.”

  • COLUMN: A temporary taste of hell

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    They say a photo is worth 1,000 words. If so, this flattering shot of me suffering from the effects of a run-in with police pepper spray is priceless.

    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve taken part in a class for future Tell City reserve police officers. One of the requirements asked of volunteers – reserve officers aren’t paid – is to take a dose of pepper spray in the face.

  • EDITORIAL: No time for childish behavior in Congress

    Watching government at work is a lot like watching children interact. First, we have elections, which are contests to see who can grab the most power. A burst piñata springs quickly to mind in looking for a similar event in childhood. Votes are the candy, and many of those grappling for them will resort to any measure necessary to ensure they gather the most.

  • COLUMN: ‘Due Date’ lacks heart, but is still enjoyable

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    Comedy is my least favorite genre to review. I love a good comedy as much as anyone, don’t get me wrong, but to critique it is an exercise in futility. Comedy is subjective; it’s all about a viewer’s personal sense of humor.  I suppose one could make this argument for all genres of film, but I find comedies are much more susceptible to divisiveness.  The point is, I can’t tell you whether or not “Due Date” is funny; I can only tell you if I thought it was funny.  

  • COLUMN: Stepping stones to re-entry

    EDWIN BUSS, Guest Columnist

    Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Like so many things in a challenging economy, corrections as we know it must change if we want to expect different results.

  • Our role in America’s future

    ANDI BAUR, Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: Cannelton High School student Andi Baur composed the following essay and read it as part of Cannelton’s Veterans Day Program Thursday.  

    My name is Andi and I am a proud stitch in the fabric of America. I live in a small town, lived here all my life. I’ve seen a lot of things here. I’ve seen corn growing in fields and a whole lot of people I’ll never really know.