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Today's Opinions

  • United Way invites you to give to others

    Would you consider a year-end donation to United Way of Perry County? Before you say no, please take a minute to read on. To date the 2009 campaign has raised almost $65,000, only half of our goal of $125,000.

    While we are obviously short of our goal, we sincerely understand how we have all been forced to tighten our belts during these rocky economic times. The campaign, however, is more than simply talking about dollars. More importantly, the campaign affects many people in Perry County.

  • 'The Road' offers a miserable journey worth taking

    The film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's bestselling novel, "The Road," has had a long trek of its own into theaters. It was supposed to have been released over a year ago but was delayed time and time again. It was finally released into a handful of theaters a month ago and is now being slowly expanded across the country. Typically, when a movie is completed and shelved for over a year, that means it is terrible or just too weird to find an audience. I'm happy to say "The Road" is neither.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor's Note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun. Virginia's letter and Church's reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • Dear Santa, all I want is ...

    Santa, I've run into you several times this season, during parades, in stores and other pre-holiday gatherings with adults and kids. We've chatted briefly but I've never made the time to tell you my Christmas wishes. Since you subscribe to the paper, although it gets to you a few days late up at the North Pole, I'm sharing my requests at this late hour.

    Hopefully, you get to read this before that sleigh is fully loaded. I know what a pain repacking is.

  • 'Invictus' confusing, but uplifting film

    "Invictus," Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, is a well made inspirational film with an important message, but it falls short of greatness.

  • Listening sessions help Ellspermann outline priorities for SW Indiana

    As candidate for Indiana House District 74, I have spent the last several weeks conducting listening sessions in Chrisney, Boonville and Tell City. The purpose for the sessions was to learn and hear firsthand what is important to the citizens of Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties. The comments shared were both heartwarming and heart-wrenching.

  • Bishop Paul D. Etienne, Ad multos annos!

    We're always pleased when Perry Countians do well, even when those successes take them far from home.

    News in October that the Rev. Paul Etienne had been chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to become the eighth bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming, left Perry Countians of all faiths justly proud of their native son.

    Here is someone reared in our community and educated in our schools, carrying our values, chosen to shepherd thousands of souls.

  • Note to self: Think before talking

    My face reddens easily, but never more quickly than when I say something I shouldn't. I can take back what I write, at least before the paper goes to print, but words that leave my mouth can't be retracted.