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Today's Opinions

  • Law, Downey Jr. great duo in Holmes film

    Who knew Sherlock Holmes was so cool? If you're like me, then the idea that comes to mind when you hear the famous detective's name is that of a middle-aged man with a funny hat, a pipe and an uncanny ability to solve complicated crimes by simply paying close attention to every detail. That doesn't mean director Guy Ritchie's new version of Holmes is an unfaithful adaptation of the beloved Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creation.

  • State ban on texting behind the wheel will save lives

    Several years ago when one of our staff writers said she wanted to write an editorial on vandalism, she was jokingly asked, “Are you for it or against it?”

    Amazingly, an issue that should be as cut and dried as that one is now before the Indiana General Assembly - whether to prohibit texting while driving for all Indiana drivers.

  • Crime should bring consequences

    A few weeks ago I wrote a column about thinking before speaking. It was rather tongue-in-cheek and made mention of mistaken assumptions about people, their ages and relationships.

    An e-mail arriving about the same time offered a similar example of why it’s important to think before acting and holding people accountable for wrongdoing.

    In a case shared by the author of the e-mail, pranksters had hindered a family’s ability to support itself.

  • Theater goers shouldn't miss 'Avatar' adventure

    Wow ... just wow. "Avatar," the long awaited, majorly hyped new film from writer-director James Cameron is simply amazing. When watched in IMAX 3D it turns plain movie watching into a unique and breathtaking experience. There were times when I found myself with a grin on my face or with my mouth hanging open during this film.

    It completely encompasses you into the story in such a literal way that it will leave you wanting to go back in the theater and experience it all over again. Now, I've got my excited gushing out of the way, so let's get into the specifics.

  • The key to good politics is communication

    Not long ago, I was speaking to a group of high-school students when one raised his hand, declared that he wanted to run for Congress and asked what he should study in order to prepare. I suspect my answer surprised him. I told him to study English.

  • Federal shield law's passage will improve America

    The editorial staff of The Perry County News joins journalists around the nation in celebrating the advance of the Free Flow of Information Act out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this month. Known as the federal shield law, it will now go to the full Senate for a vote.

    Such laws exist at the state level in most of the country, and a federal law would protect reporters in cases where they may not apply.

  • Simple steps can keep holidays safe

    The holiday season is upon us and is supposed to be a time for family, friends and festive celebrations, but unfortunately it is also a time when there is a tragic jump in the number of alcohol-related highway deaths each year.  

    That is why the Perry County Prosecutor's Office is reminding everyone this holiday season to always designate a sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol.  

  • New WPA will power America

    This is neither your father's recession, nor your grandmother's depression. In size, scope and duration, this economic downturn is different. And off-the-shelf solutions will not suffice.

    President Barack Obama has undoubtedly been hearing from businessmen, labor leaders and economists on how to reverse America's record high unemployment. Pedestrian proposals are inevitable. But truly innovative ideas that can be implemented immediately are what American really needs.