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Today's Opinions

  • Tax rebates will help, but nation needs lasting economic recovery

    By midyear, close to 35 million American families should have a little extra cash to spend, thanks to a quickly negotiated plan of tax rebates our government's leaders hope will stimulate a teetering U.S. economy.

  • No end seen in war on drugs

    What is it with drugs, anyway?

    Yet another meth lab has turned up in Tell City. Thinking about the presence of drugs and drug use in a small community such as ours, and how many other small and large communities throughout the United States are facing the same issues, is truly mind-boggling.

    Billions and billions of dollars of public money have been spent in the war on drugs over the past several decades, and yet, illegal drug use continues to be one of the biggest cash businesses in the United States. The question is, why?

  • Correction

    An editorial published in the Jan. 14 News incorrectly reported payments to Cannelton firefighters as monthly. Regular members of the city's volunteer fire department receive $800 per year, plus $200 for clothing and fuel.

  • Daniels' tax cut actually tax shift

    Although the Indiana General Assembly has been working since Jan. 8, most Statehouse observers feel the session doesn't begin until the governor delivers his annual State of the State speech.

    Gov. Mitch Daniels outlined his goals for 2008 in a half-hour speech in the Indiana House chamber Jan. 15 that focused on his plans to provide additional property-tax relief.

    The next day, the governor testified on his tax relief program (House Bill 1001) before the House Ways and Means Committee, the legislative panel that serves as the starting point on discussions.

  • Sesquicentennial countdown begins

    Tell City's sesquicentennial is fast approaching and as you may have noticed at the bottom of today's front page, we've begun a countdown to the weeklong celebration's Aug. 2 opening day.

  • In mayor-VFD dispute, dedication trumps savings

    At his first council meeting as Cannelton's mayor, Morris "Smokey" Graves faced opposition to his decision to eliminate two positions from that city's fire department. The meeting seemed more like a one-man show than democracy when the mayor announced that assistant- and deputy-chief positions, held by Charlie Little and Johnny Young respectively, were being eliminated to streamline the fire department.

  • In my day, life was much simpler

    In my day, my mother smoked, drank a little and worked up to the day I was born.

    Our house had an outhouse, an outside pump, a coal stove, four rooms and was climate controlled. (It was hot in the summer and cold in the winter.)

    I slept in a crib until I was literally too big for it. It was brightly painted with lead-based paints.

    There were no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets.

    I rode in cars without the aid of car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags, and when we went to town the whole family rode in the back of the pickup truck.

  • Winter offers joys, challenges

    Winter has left me sleepy. Maybe the shortage of sunlight is to blame for my missing energy. Or perhaps it's simply the cold that makes me want to stay under the covers some mornings.

    Even the alluring aroma of coffee from the machine I program before bed fails to rouse my sleepy spirits. I'm not like this the rest of the year. I could fault old age. But I blame winter.

    I have been daydreaming of spring, flowers, T-shirts and green grass. But I know winter has to run its course first. Until then, I'll cope with the long nights and cold.