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Today's Opinions

  • Balloon boy and a caring nation

    I'm sure plenty of Perry Countians were among the millions of Americans glued to their television screens earlier this month as a silver balloon, thought to be carrying 6-year-old Falcon Heene, floated through the sunny Colorado sky.

    As we all know now, the elf-sized boy was never aboard and it's likely, authorities tell us, that the drama was all a stunt for fame-starved parents. If so, Richard Heene needs to set off in a balloon of his own, en route to prison, joined by his wife if she knew about the stunt.

  • Soldier pens book on Baghdad fight

    Editor's Note: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Farina, a native of St. Meinrad, has written a book about his unit's service in Baghdad during the summer of 2008. "Angels in Sadr City — The Final Battle for Baghdad, Iraq," will be released in coming months and he said profits will go to families of fallen service members. Excerpts from the book forwarded by Farina are published here.

    As I stared deeply into the fine aged wood of the piano, I realized it was the one thing in this world beside the Lord our God that could bring me peace.

  • A college student's look back at summer

    Editor's Note: Emily Backer wrote this reflection on her summer, including time spent as a volunteer in the offices of the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bur-eau and Perry County Development Corp.

    The summer between one's junior and senior years of college is a pivotal one. Most students either take an amazing but unpaid - as all the good ones seem to be - internship in a big city.

  • 'Paranormal Activity' lives up to its hype

    "Paranormal Activity" is a low-budget, horror sensation about a young couple, Micah and Katie, who decide to film themselves to get evidence of their haunting.

    Micah seems to find the whole situation funny while Katie takes it quite seriously. Of course, things start to get creepy. While this might sound like the setup to a ghost-hunter TV show, it's actually a great setup for a truly freaky movie.

  • Nurture students' immeasurable qualities

    Releases of information each year from the state level have made us wonder whether educational efforts throughout Indiana are properly directed.

    The Indiana Department of Education regularly notifies schools and the public about results of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams. Before those notifications come, however, much effort goes into preparing teachers and students, administering the tests and then explaining the results.

  • Newspapers' value undiminished

    While newspapers have shared the pain of an economic recession along with the rest of the country, they remain a valuable institution in Indiana communities.

    Newspapers provide local news like no other source. Newspapers connect consumers and businesses like none other. Newspapers keep local government accountable like none other.

  • Proud to call United Way a partner

    Editor's Note: United Way of Perry County's fund-raising campaign is under way. To contribute to the cause, or to learn more about groups the money raised will support, visit www.unitedwayperryco.org or call 547-2577.

    Crisis Connection Inc. would like to thank the United Way of Perry County for its financial support of our organization.  We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the United Way of Perry County as you helped make this allocation to us possible.  

  • Effective health-care reform requires compromise

    If health-care reform does not occur this year, two congressional leaders who are strongly in favor of it will be largely to blame.

    That's certainly ironic, but it's true because of the hard-line stance that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have taken on the so-called "public option," which would allow the federal government to sell health insurance in competition with private companies.

    Pelosi has demanded for months that the final version of any health-care-reform bill contain the public option.