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Today's Opinions

  • Smethurst responds to letter about electric-rate increases

    Editor's Note: This guest column by Tell City Electric Department Superintendent Marlow Smethurst is in response to Jack Joyce's column published in Monday's News concerning the Tell City Electric Department's request for an increase in rates and charges. Smethurst responds to Joyce's comments, point by point.

  • TC electric-rate increase faulted

    More than two decades of successful management of the Tell City Electric Department qualifies me, and makes it my duty, to speak out on the current request for an increase in rates and charges for the Tell City Electric Department.

  • Don't let headlines get you down

    Headlines running across the pages of the newspaper haven't been all that blissful the past several months, with weekly reports of methamphetamine labs busted by police. And just last week we reported on the arrests of four people, two adults and two juveniles, on criminal-gang activity.

    Scattered amid that news have been stories about the impact of proposed local-government reform and its possible impact on tax rates, frequent home foreclosures and sheriff's sales, proposed utility-rate increases and efforts last year by Tell City to annex outlying areas.

  • Hoosiers deserve real say in presidential-nomination process

    Depending on the results of this week's big primaries in Texas and Ohio, Hoosier Democrats may or may not have a say in deciding this year's Democratic nominee for president. That's a shame and our state's leaders, of both major parties, need to find a way to give Indiana more relevance in choosing nominees for president.

    The way we see it, that could mean moving up our state's primary date from May to February or March, or working with other states to create rotating regional primaries.

  • Treat yourself on Leap Day

    Feb. 29, as most of us know, rolls around only once each four years. Friday is the big day and while most of us will go about our daily routine without much thought to the extra day the calendar has given us, we shouldn't let it pass without trying to do something a little special. After all, four years is a long time to wait for the next Feb. 29.

  • Ideas for making Tell City's Main Street look its best

    Thursday's News reported that funds to improve a four-block area of Main Street are running dry, leaving only one block with the amenities many of us were hoping would come to all four blocks included in the project.

  • Appreciating religious diversity

    It's Lent and I've been doing my very best to keep up ages-old Christian tradition of giving up something to mark the spiritual significance of the 40 days before Easter.

    My sacrifice isn't huge: I've ditched the television for the most part, allowing myself only 30 minutes of news in the morning and evening. Instead of watching movies or the National Geographic Channel, I've been trying to read more, blowing off dust from books I only glanced over during my seminary days. I've come to enjoy the quiet time.

  • Don't steal our right to be left alone

    The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."