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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Our debt to veterans

    Have you thanked a veteran lately? If not, do so this week. Veterans Day is Wednesday and the occasion should prompt all of us to remember and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform, past and present, to safeguard the freedoms we cherish.

    Those sacrifices are still being made. A new generation of men and women are leaving the embrace of mothers and fathers to serve in faraway lands. All give. Some lay down their lives. Others return home with deep physical and mental scars. Veterans still give their all.

  • Run wild with Jonze film

    "Where the Wild Things Are," based on the children's book by Maurice Sendak, is a strange film.  The director, Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation") has stated that the film is more of a movie about childhood than it is a children's movie.