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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Nation's legal drinking age should stay at 21

    College presidents from about 100 of the nation's top universities are calling for lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, the Associated Press reported last week. However, their arguments in support of that position seem flawed.

    "This is a law that is routinely evaded," John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College told AP writer Justin Pope. "It is a law that the people at whom it is directed believe is unjust and unfair and discriminatory."

  • VX: Deadly to the last drop

    The last drops of 1,269 tons of a deadly nerve agent were destroyed at the Newport Chemical Agent Disposal Facility Aug. 8. This is a signal achievement for the workers at Newport, the community and our national security.

    Plans for destroying VX gas (which contracts of all the muscles in the body, including the diaphragm, causing death by asphyxiation) at Newport began more than 20 years ago. Throughout the years, I supported the Army funds for research and development of the best and safest way to get rid of the VX.

  • Let's keep the community momentum going!

    Tell City's sesquicentennial is behind us. It's natural for all of us who were caught up in the celebration as planners or participants to take a collective breath and relax after all the preparation and celebrating. The spirit of the just-completed festivities should be a beginning, however, not an end, of a renewed effort to make our communities the best they can be.