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Opinion

  • "The Informant!" the latest film from director Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's 11"), is a strangely funny take on corporate whistleblower movies like Michael Mann's "The Insider." This isn't a spoof movie or anything, though. It's actually based on the true story of Mark Whitacre, a vice president of an agri-business company that has been involved in price fixing, who turned FBI informant on his company, ADM, in the early to mid 90s.

  • Rep. Joe Wilson's shouting, "You lie!" to President Barack Obama during Obama's Sept. 9 televised speech on health care has drawn a variety of responses.

    Many, including some of the South Carolina congressman's fellow Republicans, have expressed outrage.

    "I cringed," Rep. David Dreier, the top-ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, told USA Today. "I think it's just unfortunate."

  • Today marks the beginning of the end for me here at The Perry County News. Friday will be my last day putting together the paper I've worked for over the past three years. I've enjoyed my time here but I've taken another job in another city and will turn over the reigns to another young journalist.

    This was my first journalism job outside of the college newsroom at Murray State University, where I earned my degree. And my time here at The Perry County News has taught me a few new skills and helped me tune others, as well.

  • I am an American citizen who has been living in Sweden for nearly 15 years now and have been following the health-care debate from the beginning. "Debate," however, may not be the best description of what I have seen and heard over the past month. As one of many democratic countries around the world that provides universal care to its citizens, Sweden has been mentioned on several occasions on both the pro and con side of the argument. I would like to share my own experiences.

  • We have a new organization in town, and as expected, there are questions. Hopefully, this message will answer them.

    Freedom Makers is a group of American citizens made up of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians and others who are disenfranchised with the political parties which have placed themselves above the interests of our nation. We are a group much like our Founding Fathers, who came from widely diverse backgrounds to place the interests of our nation first.

  • The wheels of government seldom move as quickly as many would like but we were impressed that security improvements at Branchville Correctional Facility were made quickly after the  escapes of three men.

    Prison officials responded positively to a March 30 editorial that called for a meeting of the facility and the public, many of whom expressed concern that violent offenders serving long sentences were being housed in the medium-security center.

  • I had looked forward to no elections for local offices in 2009. For me, that means no candidate questionnaires, no public forum to moderate and, so I thought, fewer politically based letters to the editor.

    So much for that last hope. But that's OK with me. I want readers to respond to issues, but I do lament the tone some letter writers have taken, preferring to complain and caricature rather than offer suggestions. Sometimes the truth gets trampled and the very issue up for public debate is forgotten amid partisan jabs.

  • As an attorney in this community, I feel compelled to respond to the recent guest column of Dr. William Marcrum regarding the ongoing health-care debate.

    While I cannot directly address some of Dr. Marcrum's finer points regarding the value of services he provides or the rates at which he is reimbursed for care to Medicare or Medicaid patients, I can certainly address the biggest inaccuracy in his commentary - tort reform as a prong of health-care reform.

  • At Wednesday's meeting of Perry County commissioners, several residents living on or near Girl Scout Road, joined by Girl Scout representatives and those of Recovery Connection Inc. gathered in the courthouse to share concerns about a proposed recovery home for substance abusers.

    According to Randy Paris, a substance-abuse counselor at Branchville Correctional Facility and president of Recovery Connection Inc., the house on Girl Scout Road would allow men who have had drug and alcohol problems to live in a drug- and alcohol-free environment.

  • It's not often that a story moves me to near tears. But the one I ran across Wednesday of last week - about a group of volunteer student pallbearers - came close. The Ohio group's work, I think, offers local young people a chance to do something similar in carrying out one of the corporal works of mercy: that of burying the dead.

  • Editor's Note: Tell City physician William Marcrum hand-delivered this letter to Rep. Baron Hill last Monday during a meeting by Hill with health-care providers and hospital officials. Marcrum's letter is published as a guest column with his permission.

    As a doctor who actually sees patients versus the physician theorists who have crafted the framework for H.R. 3200 (the health-care bill), I appreciate the opportunity to share a bit of my perspective on this multi-layered challenge.

  • It's easy for people like me without children to preach to people with kids. I do that sometimes with my siblings, all married with children. I complain about nephews who are far too young to talk like sailors and who seem to think they're smarter than their parents, or their uncle.

  • This Labor Day, we must commit ourselves to standing up for living wage jobs in this country. After 53 years in Evansville, Whirlpool announced it is moving to Mexico. 

  • "District 9," the part faux documentary, part straight up sci-fi film, is one of the most enjoyable, compelling, thought-provoking films of the year. This is what great science fiction films are all about. There are amazing visuals, the action is brutal and impressive, and there are mirrors held up to humanity.

  • "We're eager to get going," Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a news release Thursday, referring to the imminent arrival of federal stimulus money that will help people improve their homes' energy efficiency.

    "Our goal is to lower utility costs for as many people as possible as quickly as possible, putting a dent in Indiana's overall energy consumption along the way."

  • My name is Danny R. Bolin. I am an inmate at Branchville Correctional Facility and I am writing this letter on behalf of myself, Paul James and Shawn Kahler, who are housed in a therapeutic community program dorm for treatment of alcoholics, drug addictions and criminal behaviors.

    It has been a great blessing to all three of us and others to have had the opportunity to participate in a treatment program such as this one.

  • "Inglourious Basterds," the latest from Quentin Tarantino, is exactly what you would expect from the director of "Kill Bill" and "Pulp Fiction." The stylish World War II Nazi-hunting movie is tense, violent, slow-burning, hilarious, and jaw-dropping.

    While this might be what a Tarantino fan would always expect, it's not necessarily the film that the previews promised. I've noticed more and more lately that ads for movies either give everything away, or are cut in such a way that they seem to be showcasing completely different films.

  • Tell City, like most small-town communities, takes pride in its high-school sports teams and marching band.

  • I didn't give much serious thought this summer to trading in my old car for a new one, but I did nose around the government's Cash for Clunkers Program that made so much news this summer.

  • After Sept.11, 2001, the United States found itself involved in a new kind of warfare. We had an enemy with no discernable borders, no real army or uniforms. He was elusive and was hiding in at least 40 different countries all around the world.

    There was no way we could fight his kind of shadowy war. The only way to get at him was to coerce him to fight ours.