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Today's Opinions

  • Officials deserve applause for making communities better

    Every day our government gives us a reason to grumble, whether it's been imposing new taxes or something else. But last week the hard work of Tell City officials and Insight 2000 gave us a reason to cheer.

    As The News reported Thursday, Tell City received more than $1.8 million in a Neighborhood Stabilization Grant. This money will be used to purchase abandoned and foreclosed homes, demolish dilapidated structures and redevelop vacant lots.

  • Stretched too thin, too often

    Our company has long given employees the day off for their birthdays. This year I was given that and a second gift: the care of of a second newspaper.

    Since June 1, our editorial staff here at The Perry County News has been working with and overseeing the staff of The Journal-Democrat in Rockport. How has it been going? The past two weeks have been a challenge. There have been more meetings to cover, added telephone calls and dozens of extra e-mails to sort through each day. I feel more stretched than usual.

  • 'The Hangover' will leave theater goers feeling well

    "The Hangover," despite a slow start, is a downright hilarious comedy that is a welcome change from all the big summer movie fare.

    This movie doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. It is an R-rated comedy about a bachelor party gone wrong in Las Vegas. You can imagine the glorification of debauchery that ensues.

  • Beams of hope appear in warrantless-wiretapping case

    Like a beam of sunlight breaking through dark storm clouds, a glimmer of hope appeared Thursday in a National Public Radio report.

    NPR's Martin Kaste said the state-secrets tactic has failed to stop a lawsuit contending the U.S. government violated the privacy rights of an Islamic charity when it monitored the group's telephone conversations without obtaining a warrant first.

  • Don't let summer slip away

    A long time ago, when summers came without a job, mortgage or other real-world responsibilities, the months of June and July seemed to be heaven-sent. There were, admittedly, farm chores to shoulder, hay to haul and a lawn to mow, but those were trifling interruptions in what seemed to be an endless string of carefree days.

    It's been during weeks like these that I miss those summers and long to roll back the years.

  • Improving mpg good idea but going electric would be better

    President Barack Obama's recently announced plan to require automobiles to average 35.5 miles per gallon of gasoline by 2016 has evoked criticism from a variety of sources.

    We agree that the plan is not perfect, but we think much of the criticism is misguided.

    Obama's proposal would require cars to average 39 mpg and light trucks to average 30 mpg under a system that develops standards for each vehicle class. It would also require automobiles to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by about one-third.

  • A few notes from the newsroom

    Today's column is a potluck of sorts, bits of news and small items sent to me by readers over the past week that I've been moving from one stack of papers on my desk to the other.

    Mars Disappointments

    I received an e-mail Wednesday from Pam Hilgenhold, mother of Perry Central student Levi Hilgenhold. I wrote a story in March about Levi's selection by NASA as one of nine finalists to name a new Mars rover.

  • Providing help to Dean

    Editor's Note: Logan Harding took first-place honors with this essay, submitted in the annual Friends of Southern Hills Writing Contest. Students were asked to place themselves in the role of an elected official and to respond to a constituent who needed their help with a personal or family problem.

    The Humvee cruised through the small town on the Iraq border. As the 142nd Airbome Division drove through the town, a man ran out in the road in front of them.