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Today's Opinions

  • Honor system lacks honor

    Fifty cents won't buy a cup of coffee any more, or even a candy bar. But a pair of quarters will still get you a copy of this newspaper, whether from the counters of the stores that sell The News or from one of the blue news boxes scattered around town.

  • Take a stand: Let's stop drug, underage drinking problems

    It's time to take a stand, Perry County. The underage drinking cases, driving-while-intoxicated arrests and overall drug problems need to end.

    Each week, The News goes to the county courthouse and sorts through the criminal, civil and small-claims files to compile our records section. And each week the same names keep popping up, often for the same offense, and even worse, the ages keep getting younger and younger.

  • Obama revives promise

    Close to 84,000 people crammed into Denver's 75,000-seat Invesco stadium last Thursday to witness history in the making as Barack Obama, America's first African-American to lead a major party ticket, accepted his nomination from the Democratic Party. People of all creeds and races, of all classes and ages, fought to leave work early, battled frustrated city traffic, survived overcrowded public transit and waited in lines for hours.

  • Work zone snares bad drivers

    I gave the semi driver my worst dirty look and snapped his photo. Behind the wheel of his big rig, mired in a Friday-evening traffic jam on the hill east of Troy, the small-framed fellow may have been more worried about me and my camera than the town marshal questioning him about running a red light.

  • We are responsible for results of our wars

    Did we kill 90 civilians in Afghanistan, 60 of them children, or only five?

    If it was only five, can we justify their deaths by the need to kill 25 militants, as we claimed?

    The "we" in these questions refer to we Americans. We enjoy a representative form of government, meaning decisions like waging war belong to all of us. And when we decide, or let our representatives decide on our behalf, to go to war, we share the responsibility that decision carries.

    If our representatives go beyond serving our interests, that's our responsibility, as well.

  • Weekend telethon gives new muscle to MDA research

    I made my showbiz debut way back when I was 5 years old, singing one of the best-known American songs of the Great Depression, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"

    I'm humming that tune in my head as I write this. But times have changed, as anybody who's bought a gallon of gas lately knows. So nowadays I'm singing, "Brother, Can You Spare a Ten?"

    Why should you give me $10? Because that money will go a lot further with me than it will in your car, believe me.

  • St. Luke's future brightens

    St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Cannelton has unveiled its new Web site, www.stlukes.indydio.org.

    This Web site has been set up by members of the congregation and hosted at no charge by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. It features a brief history of the church building, pictures of the structure and a bit about the congregation members that frequent there.

  • Finding humility in buried letters

    The two letters were the first I've written that I'm quite confident won't be read until after I'm dead. That prompted a bit of soul searching last week about how I want to be remembered by relatives and even the person who may be filling space on this page in 50 years.

    The two letters went into the sesquicentennial time capsule buried Monday evening in City Hall Park and were among hundreds of items squirreled away in concrete vaults that won't see the light of day until 2058. The ceremony was a cap of sorts of Tell City's sesquicentennial.