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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Remembering the victims of Parkinson’s

    Feb. 26, 2014 was declared “Parkinson’s Day of Action” by the Parkinson’s Action Network. Because this issue is very personal to me, I felt compelled to share my story to raise awareness about this disease.

    Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disease. The primary symptoms are tremors and loss of movement, as well as cognitive and behavioral changes. Currently there is no cure, therapy, or drug to slow or stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

  • COLUMN: In the bull’s eye

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    I was born in Gary and spent the first 11 years of my life as a city boy, dodging traffic and the many street gangs. My mother had relatives in Perry County fortunately, so we moved to Tell City to get away from the crime and grime of the big city.

    Saddened upon leaving my friends and neighborhood, I tried to man-up, or boy-up as was the case, but upon arriving in Perry County I soon became a victim of culture shock.

  • COLUMN: Rules in scannerland

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Have a police scanner at home? A lot of people do. I’ve been reminded of just how many on several occasions in the last several months while watching scanner owners navigate around the scenes of accidents I’ve covered.

    As a wrote several years ago, my thinking process has uncovered an idea for a new board game, perfect for those lazy afternoons when nothing is going on. You’ve heard of Candyland, but just wait until you play Scannerland.

  • EDITORIAL: Will you be part of a severe-weather problem or part of the solution?

    When a disaster strikes, will you be part of the problem or part of the solution?

    Just as it seems we’re coming out from under an onslaught of harsh weather, a declaration by the county commissioners a week ago reminds us: The severe-weather season is coming.

    They voted at their March 3 meeting to designate March 16-22 Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

  • Where Congress falls short ... and where it doesn’t

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.

  • COLUMN: Who lit the fuse? We do know

    By ELIJAH BRYANT
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: This column was written in response to a Thursday column by News Managing Editor Kevin Koelling titled “Who lit the fuse leading to the Big Bang Theory?”

    I remember being in the fifth grade in Mr. Gibson’s science class. We had some time to work on a project and I happened to finish early, and thus led me to flipping through the pages of a worn out science textbook.

  • COLUMN: Harsh winter has been hard on many bluebirds

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The winter nearly all of us want to see gone has been hard on just about everything, people, pets, livestock and most of nature’s other inhabitants.

    One of many people’s favorite feathered friends, bluebirds, have taken a big hit, it seems. Two people have come to the News over the past week after finding several dead bluebirds in their birdhouses.

  • EDITORIAL: New education standards require contemplation

    An effort to put together new academic standards for Indiana schools continues, as does the move away from Common Core State Standards.

    The Indiana State Board of Education is working to develop kindergarten-through-12th grade standards for Indiana separate from Common Core. Our desire is that the standards be challenging and realistic. But just as the old saying goes that a camel is a horse designed by committee, danger exists for the workability of the standards the state board is amassing.