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Today's Opinions

  • Offshore drilling should be part of nation's energy plan

    Often when a political candidate switches positions on an issue, critics deride that switch as a wishy-washy flip-flop, made only for political expediency. And often those critics are correct.

    But as situations evolve, there are times when responsibly thinking people - including politicians - should change their opinions on an issue.

  • Beyond RNC's jingoistic orgy

    I wonder what President Dwight D. Eisenhower would have thought of the essentially substanceless orgy of chauvinistic nationalism and belligerent jingoism that was the recent Republican National Convention.

    Surely he would have been appalled. It was he, after all, beloved Republican war hero, who warned us against the monstrous "military-industrial complex" that was taking shape after World War II, reminding us of our founding fathers' worry that a standing army would eventually corrupt and hobble our republic.

  • Missing out on history

    A bumpy flight into Evansville Regional Airport was about all I experienced, at least firsthand, of the windstorm that scoured southern Indiana Sept. 14. I left two days earlier to visit friends in the Plains but would have left them high and dry to experience an event that (hopefully) will never be felt here again.

  • Gov. Palin has a bridge to sell you

    Reading Monday's (story on Republicans and GOP vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin), it was remarkable to see people gushing about the Alaska governor.

    Knowing little about Palin, I had listened intently to her convention speech. In it were several inaccurate attacks on the Democratic candidate, Sen. Barack Obama.

    It is not surprising that Palin was so uninformed about Obama's legislative record, since she is apparently pretty uninformed about the government in general.

  • Few other gifts reach so many

    As noted on the front page of this newspaper a couple of weeks ago - and by the signs across the community - United Way of Perry County's annual fund-raising drive is under way.

    United Way hopes to raise $125,000 to support nearly 20 groups that provide a wide range of services within our community and few of us aren't touched each year by the groups who rely on United Way for a portion of their funding.

  • Education has to be top priority for our community

    Public funds should never be expended without a plan and plenty of public scrutiny. Without one or the other, taxpayers feel left out and are less likely to give their support to the project at hand - and the next one coming down the pike.

  • War always a terrible endeavor

    In last week's "our view" (Sept. 1 editorial) you talked about "our responsibility for the results of our wars."

    I wasn't in town at the time but I wonder if the same lament was made when in the 1990s we bombed Bosnia or when cruise missiles hit an aspirin factory in Africa and another cruise missile hit a camp that Osama Bin Laden had left several days before.

    Did the editorial then read that we were responsible for the deaths that occurred as a result of these attacks by America, or just now because George Bush is president?

  • 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.