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Today's Opinions

  • Rokita should respect right to petition government, system of checks, balances

    Indiana Secretary State of Todd Rokita has been campaigning to have "more sensible criteria" be used to redraw the state's political districts following the 2010 census.

    We agree that the traditional practice of gerrymandering has resulted in some oddly shaped legislative districts in which inhabitants of the northern end may have little or nothing in common with those from the southern end.

  • Where is our community's care?

    In 1928, the landmark Tell City High School building was constructed. In 1935 one block away from TCHS I was born. I will soon be 75 and I could not be as healthy as I am without care; care at home, care by a wife and family and care from the community.

  • Leaders should fix county-policing problem

    Some problems are best resolved with guns.

    Not every problem whose best solution is a gun can be expected to occur in extreme southern Perry County, but that's where our law-enforcement resources are concentrated. Driving time from the police and sheriff's departments in Tell City and Cannelton to northern parts of the county can be excruciatingly long for anyone facing a problem that has or might involve violence.

  • Newspapers still deliver

    The Hoosier State Press Association has been promoting Indiana newspapers for the past several weeks and has provided publications across the state with guest editorials, columns and public-service advertisements promoting the value of newspapers.

    The News has published an editorial and guest column and I found this proposed opinion piece appropriate. It makes mention of issues such as school referendum that have made this publication's pages in recent weeks.

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    There are few bargains as good as a newspaper.

  • Nov. 3: the day we all lost

    The date of Nov. 3, 2009, is now in the history books, but I am afraid it has the wrong label attached. Many will look on this day as the day taxpayers saved money by voting down the referendum and therefore not allowing the school system to acquire the funds necessary to complete a proposed remodeling project.

    With this letter, I offer a new name for this date, as it should properly be named, as the day all taxpayers of Tell City-Troy Township lost.

  • Holiday Helpers ready for season

    Is your youth group, organization, business or family already thinking about helping others this Christmas season? Well, you aren't alone. The Holiday Helpers United are already working on helping those in need this Christmas, and we need your help, too.

  • Health-care bill will help residents, businesses

    I have consistently reiterated the need for, and my support of, health care reform throughout my congressional tenure.  And our great nation has been debating how to responsibly reform our health-care system for decades.  

    On Saturday, we took a definitive step forward in advancing this crucial cause by passing the Affordable Health Care for America Act.  

  • Hard times, hard decisions

    Last Tuesday's referendum on the Tell City High School building project divided Troy Township residents. The referendum lost by 23 votes out of 1,521 cast.

    Though most of the editorial staff of The News favored the referendum's passage, some of my co-workers didn't.

    I respect civil debate and the decisions of voters — that's why we have elections — but I have concerns that Tuesday's vote will have long-term negative consequences for our community.