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Today's Opinions

  • Who drums for grouse, listens to nocturnal woodcock?

    When hiking your favorite trail in the Hoosier National Forest, have you ever noticed it was no longer muddy, or perhaps a portion of the trail had been relocated? How did the Hoosier staff know to correct the problem? It was a result of trail monitoring. Farther down the trail you cross an area and remember it had been part of a prescribed burn last year. In past years you did not notice all the different blooming flowers that you see now. These new flowers are the result of opening up the forest canopy and allowing more sunlight to reach the ground.

  • Who drums for grouse, listens to nocturnal woodcock?

    When hiking your favorite trail in the Hoosier National Forest, have you ever noticed it was no longer muddy, or perhaps a portion of the trail had been relocated? How did the Hoosier staff know to correct the problem? It was a result of trail monitoring. Farther down the trail you cross an area and remember it had been part of a prescribed burn last year. In past years you did not notice all the different blooming flowers that you see now. These new flowers are the result of opening up the forest canopy and allowing more sunlight to reach the ground.

  • Protecting sources means protecting the public

    During the course of its investigation into the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Associated Press was given information from the then-office of Mineral Management Services that was not making a lot of sense.

  • A summer for big travels

    In case you haven't noticed, it's been the summer for traveling the country in adventuresome ways and Perry County has been a stopping-off point for free-spirited men and women swimming, horseback riding and even walking across some or all of the nation.

    A group of people waterskiing passed by Thursday and Mimi Hughes, a Tennessee woman swimming the Ohio River to raise awareness about the importance of educating girls, passed by just before Independence Day.

  • 'Inception' is best of 2010

    "Inception" is easily my most anticipated movie so far this year.

    It's not because I loved the previews for it or I read some interviews or I heard the buzz about it. It's because it's directed by Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "The Dark Knight"), it has an amazing cast and it is based on an original script. That last one is almost unheard of in summer blockbuster land these days.

  • New chapter in local history will open Wednesday

    Wednesday marks the opening day for eligible residents to file for the three seats on the Tell City-Troy Township School Board that will become vacant Jan. 1. Candidates will appear on the November ballot and citizens will vote on whom they would like to see on the board. This will mark a change approved by voters from an appointed board to one they select.

  • On Iran, action, not words

    Three American presidents - including Barack Obama - have declared that a nuclear weapons-capable Iran is "unacceptable." But in order to give real meaning to that declaration we must do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from gaining this unacceptably dangerous capability.

    Make no mistake; this has reached crisis levels and is now the most urgent national security issue America confronts today.

  • Orange County to Perry County

    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 stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. Patricia Newton Cooper penned this month's view.

    We moved back to Perry County after retiring in the summer of 2008. Since then, we have been asked, "Why did you move back to Perry County when there is so much more to do in Orange County, California?"