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Opinion

  • The date of Nov. 3, 2009, is now in the history books, but I am afraid it has the wrong label attached. Many will look on this day as the day taxpayers saved money by voting down the referendum and therefore not allowing the school system to acquire the funds necessary to complete a proposed remodeling project.

    With this letter, I offer a new name for this date, as it should properly be named, as the day all taxpayers of Tell City-Troy Township lost.

  • Is your youth group, organization, business or family already thinking about helping others this Christmas season? Well, you aren't alone. The Holiday Helpers United are already working on helping those in need this Christmas, and we need your help, too.

  • I have consistently reiterated the need for, and my support of, health care reform throughout my congressional tenure.  And our great nation has been debating how to responsibly reform our health-care system for decades.  

    On Saturday, we took a definitive step forward in advancing this crucial cause by passing the Affordable Health Care for America Act.  

  • Last Tuesday's referendum on the Tell City High School building project divided Troy Township residents. The referendum lost by 23 votes out of 1,521 cast.

    Though most of the editorial staff of The News favored the referendum's passage, some of my co-workers didn't.

    I respect civil debate and the decisions of voters — that's why we have elections — but I have concerns that Tuesday's vote will have long-term negative consequences for our community.

  • Have you thanked a veteran lately? If not, do so this week. Veterans Day is Wednesday and the occasion should prompt all of us to remember and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform, past and present, to safeguard the freedoms we cherish.

    Those sacrifices are still being made. A new generation of men and women are leaving the embrace of mothers and fathers to serve in faraway lands. All give. Some lay down their lives. Others return home with deep physical and mental scars. Veterans still give their all.

  • "Where the Wild Things Are," based on the children's book by Maurice Sendak, is a strange film.  The director, Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation") has stated that the film is more of a movie about childhood than it is a children's movie.

  • Allen Kramer was the consummate high-school teacher, the best educator I ever encountered. This comparison includes the collective company of all my college professors.

    I feared him, this dark-bearded man, mainly for the subjects he taught, his dreaded college-bound mathematics courses.

    I was, in no way, his best student. During his 37 years as a teacher, I'm certain I'm not even listed among his top 1,000 students.

    Still, I learned a great deal from this smart, focused man.

  • A classic problem in trigonometry requests, "Given the length of the shadow that a flagpole casts and angle of inclination that the sun makes with the horizon, compute the height of the flagpole."  

    The late Mr. Allen Kramer taught me to solve that problem.  Given his slight build and average height, his physical shadow was never long.  His academic shadow, however, well beyond his horizon.  

  • County commissioners took the easy way out last month by declining to act on a rezoning request that would have allowed a residence on Girl Scout Road to be converted into a recovery home for men seeking to come clean from drugs.

    Commissioners' inaction doesn't change the fact that there are people, right here, in need of care. We hope the setback doesn't change the commitment others have to working with people trying to overcome addictions.

  • In case you haven't heard, the "Wizard of Oz" is 70 years old. The timeless tale of ruby slippers, munchkins and good and bad witches was drawing its first fans seven decades ago.

    In Tell City, the movie was set to premiere 70 years ago this weekend at the Ohio Theatre. The local papers heralded the movie's star power, including Judy Garland as Dorothy, and its vivid color.

  • Is your youth group, organization, business or family already thinking about helping others this Christmas season? Well, you aren't alone. The Holiday Helpers United are already working on helping those in need this Christmas, and we need your help, too.

  • Business leaders read reports about major metropolitan newspapers going bankrupt or closing their doors and naturally may wonder about the future viability of this newspaper.

    Don't worry, because newspapers still deliver. They deliver not only the news a community needs, but customers to local businesses through the advertising welcomed into homes with the newspaper.

  • I'm sure plenty of Perry Countians were among the millions of Americans glued to their television screens earlier this month as a silver balloon, thought to be carrying 6-year-old Falcon Heene, floated through the sunny Colorado sky.

    As we all know now, the elf-sized boy was never aboard and it's likely, authorities tell us, that the drama was all a stunt for fame-starved parents. If so, Richard Heene needs to set off in a balloon of his own, en route to prison, joined by his wife if she knew about the stunt.

  • Editor's Note: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Farina, a native of St. Meinrad, has written a book about his unit's service in Baghdad during the summer of 2008. "Angels in Sadr City — The Final Battle for Baghdad, Iraq," will be released in coming months and he said profits will go to families of fallen service members. Excerpts from the book forwarded by Farina are published here.

    As I stared deeply into the fine aged wood of the piano, I realized it was the one thing in this world beside the Lord our God that could bring me peace.

  • Editor's Note: Emily Backer wrote this reflection on her summer, including time spent as a volunteer in the offices of the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bur-eau and Perry County Development Corp.

    The summer between one's junior and senior years of college is a pivotal one. Most students either take an amazing but unpaid - as all the good ones seem to be - internship in a big city.

  • "Paranormal Activity" is a low-budget, horror sensation about a young couple, Micah and Katie, who decide to film themselves to get evidence of their haunting.

    Micah seems to find the whole situation funny while Katie takes it quite seriously. Of course, things start to get creepy. While this might sound like the setup to a ghost-hunter TV show, it's actually a great setup for a truly freaky movie.

  • Releases of information each year from the state level have made us wonder whether educational efforts throughout Indiana are properly directed.

    The Indiana Department of Education regularly notifies schools and the public about results of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exams. Before those notifications come, however, much effort goes into preparing teachers and students, administering the tests and then explaining the results.

  • While newspapers have shared the pain of an economic recession along with the rest of the country, they remain a valuable institution in Indiana communities.

    Newspapers provide local news like no other source. Newspapers connect consumers and businesses like none other. Newspapers keep local government accountable like none other.

  • Editor's Note: United Way of Perry County's fund-raising campaign is under way. To contribute to the cause, or to learn more about groups the money raised will support, visit www.unitedwayperryco.org or call 547-2577.

    Crisis Connection Inc. would like to thank the United Way of Perry County for its financial support of our organization.  We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the United Way of Perry County as you helped make this allocation to us possible.  

  • If health-care reform does not occur this year, two congressional leaders who are strongly in favor of it will be largely to blame.

    That's certainly ironic, but it's true because of the hard-line stance that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have taken on the so-called "public option," which would allow the federal government to sell health insurance in competition with private companies.

    Pelosi has demanded for months that the final version of any health-care-reform bill contain the public option.