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Opinion

  • A few weeks ago I wrote a column about thinking before speaking. It was rather tongue-in-cheek and made mention of mistaken assumptions about people, their ages and relationships.

    An e-mail arriving about the same time offered a similar example of why it’s important to think before acting and holding people accountable for wrongdoing.

    In a case shared by the author of the e-mail, pranksters had hindered a family’s ability to support itself.

  • Wow ... just wow. "Avatar," the long awaited, majorly hyped new film from writer-director James Cameron is simply amazing. When watched in IMAX 3D it turns plain movie watching into a unique and breathtaking experience. There were times when I found myself with a grin on my face or with my mouth hanging open during this film.

    It completely encompasses you into the story in such a literal way that it will leave you wanting to go back in the theater and experience it all over again. Now, I've got my excited gushing out of the way, so let's get into the specifics.

  • Not long ago, I was speaking to a group of high-school students when one raised his hand, declared that he wanted to run for Congress and asked what he should study in order to prepare. I suspect my answer surprised him. I told him to study English.

  • The editorial staff of The Perry County News joins journalists around the nation in celebrating the advance of the Free Flow of Information Act out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this month. Known as the federal shield law, it will now go to the full Senate for a vote.

    Such laws exist at the state level in most of the country, and a federal law would protect reporters in cases where they may not apply.

  • The holiday season is upon us and is supposed to be a time for family, friends and festive celebrations, but unfortunately it is also a time when there is a tragic jump in the number of alcohol-related highway deaths each year.  

    That is why the Perry County Prosecutor's Office is reminding everyone this holiday season to always designate a sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol.  

  • This is neither your father's recession, nor your grandmother's depression. In size, scope and duration, this economic downturn is different. And off-the-shelf solutions will not suffice.

    President Barack Obama has undoubtedly been hearing from businessmen, labor leaders and economists on how to reverse America's record high unemployment. Pedestrian proposals are inevitable. But truly innovative ideas that can be implemented immediately are what American really needs.

  • Would you consider a year-end donation to United Way of Perry County? Before you say no, please take a minute to read on. To date the 2009 campaign has raised almost $65,000, only half of our goal of $125,000.

    While we are obviously short of our goal, we sincerely understand how we have all been forced to tighten our belts during these rocky economic times. The campaign, however, is more than simply talking about dollars. More importantly, the campaign affects many people in Perry County.

  • The film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's bestselling novel, "The Road," has had a long trek of its own into theaters. It was supposed to have been released over a year ago but was delayed time and time again. It was finally released into a handful of theaters a month ago and is now being slowly expanded across the country. Typically, when a movie is completed and shelved for over a year, that means it is terrible or just too weird to find an audience. I'm happy to say "The Road" is neither.

  • Editor's Note: In the months before the Christmas of 1897, an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus. Edward P. Mitchell gave the assignment to Francis P. Church, whose reply to Virginia appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun. Virginia's letter and Church's reply, as it appeared in the Sun, are reprinted below. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas died May 13, 1971.

    Is there a Santa Claus?

  • Santa, I've run into you several times this season, during parades, in stores and other pre-holiday gatherings with adults and kids. We've chatted briefly but I've never made the time to tell you my Christmas wishes. Since you subscribe to the paper, although it gets to you a few days late up at the North Pole, I'm sharing my requests at this late hour.

    Hopefully, you get to read this before that sleigh is fully loaded. I know what a pain repacking is.

  • "Invictus," Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, is a well made inspirational film with an important message, but it falls short of greatness.

  • As candidate for Indiana House District 74, I have spent the last several weeks conducting listening sessions in Chrisney, Boonville and Tell City. The purpose for the sessions was to learn and hear firsthand what is important to the citizens of Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties. The comments shared were both heartwarming and heart-wrenching.

  • We're always pleased when Perry Countians do well, even when those successes take them far from home.

    News in October that the Rev. Paul Etienne had been chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to become the eighth bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming, left Perry Countians of all faiths justly proud of their native son.

    Here is someone reared in our community and educated in our schools, carrying our values, chosen to shepherd thousands of souls.

  • My face reddens easily, but never more quickly than when I say something I shouldn't. I can take back what I write, at least before the paper goes to print, but words that leave my mouth can't be retracted.

  • In just a few months Census 2010 will become a reality, with Perry County residents receiving their census forms in the mail. We can't stress how important it is for all of us to participate and complete the simple 10-question form.

    Tell City has formed a Complete Count Committee, led by Louie and Marcie Heitkemper with representatives from schools, community groups, churches and media. Its chief goal is to educate citizens about how important the census is. That group's message is equally important to all county residents.

  • The holiday season isn't just about eating, but meals seem to be an important part of year-end celebrations for many of us. They certainly are for me.

    One of my holiday goals has been finding more time to spend with family, friends and others in the community. With one holiday down and two to go, my record is mixed, but I'm still determined to spend more time enjoying others' company and less time working.

  • I am perplexed. I am confused. I am disappointed. And more importantly, I am ashamed. Why? Because of the recent negative debate and denial of the proposed halfway house on Girl Scout Road.

  • "This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper." Director Roland Emmerich would wholeheartedly disagree with T.S. Eliot on that point. Emmerich destroys the planet in the loudest possible way he can and when he’s showcasing the planet’s destruction, "2012" works and is entertaining.

    When Emmerich tries to build characters and emotional connections - not so much.

  • By Jack Joyce

    It is unfortunate when The News reports the failure of the referendum on the Tell City-Troy Township School bond issue. There is no doubt that the school corporation needs to catch up with four decades of neglect.

    There should not be any surprise from current policy boards or current management. Build it and let it fall down from neglect is not what the voters expect from their elected and appointed officials.

  • In the Nov. 19 issue of The News, a few disturbing facts came to light about the number of women in Perry County who smoke or have smoked during pregnancy. It's chilling to realize that 47 percent of our county's pregnant women smoke, not only exposing themselves to the harmful effects of the toxins of cigarettes but exposing their babies to them as well.