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Opinion

  • Another Schweizer Fest has come and gone. A week after its conclusion  we're left with not only warm memories of a successful community event but hope and optimism about the festival's future - and its growth.

    Schweizer Fest is already the longest-running community festival in southern Indiana. That success has been achieved by providing experiences all of us look forward to, whether they be rides and games around City Hall Park, a lively beer garden, great live entertainment and crowd-pleasing attractions such as road runs, pet show and diaper derby.

  • Deft driving skills and a bit of luck saved the life of a  skunk Thursday morning. Unfortunately, the critter, either a daredevil or in need of glasses, didn't return the favor.

  • Editor's Note: Due to its size, this column about a planned recovery home on Girl Scout Road will run in two parts, today and in Thursday's edition.

    First I would like to introduce myself. My name is Randy Paris. I am currently the president of Recovery Connection Inc. I am also a resident of Perry County, work in Perry County and have served on boards such as the Perry County Substance Abuse Committee and the Troy Township Water Association.

  • This week students at Perry Central and Tell City schools will join Cannelton students, who have been hitting the books since last Tuesday, in going back to school.

    And with students back in school it means there will be more morning and afternoon traffic on the roads from school buses, parents and high-school students. We ask that everyone be mindful of this when making their morning and afternoon commutes because if you don't, there could be some serious consequences.

  • Two stories, two sets of dog owners, two different levels of respect. The first story made me gag, darned-near literally. The second one is an example of being kind to your pet and your community.

    Story No. 1: I was sitting in my cubicle facing Tell City's Main Street a couple of weeks ago. It was a Sunday and several people were walking down the sidewalk on what was an enjoyable sunny morning. A number of people, drivers as well as pedestrians, were stopping to purchase our Monday paper, which is usually available for purchase before 9 a.m. Sunday.

  • It is now clear that Congress won't send a health-care-reform bill to President Barack Obama before its August recess, a deadline originally set by Obama. It's also clear that whatever bill does emerge from Congress will include significant compromises from what Obama proposed in last year's presidential campaign.

  • For me, Schweizer Fest is a lot like some holidays. There is lots of extra work, so much in fact that finding time to enjoy the actual festivities can be a challenge.  

    The weeks before Schweizer Fest have our staff working on our Zeitung, the special section appearing in today's issue, as well as extra stories about festival events. For the past two years, we've also assembled the official programs that contain the week's schedule as well as other information about Tell City.  

  • It is regretful how long it took me to find time for history. When I was a child, history was conveniently personified in the image of my great uncle Otis during visits to my grandparents' house.

    Otis was a war hero, and on his rare Sunday visits, he was treated like a dignitary. The admiration and awe exhibited by my relatives in his midst were lost on me, though, despite attempts to coax me to listen to this decorated veteran talk about the death march, work camps, prison ships, starvation and torture he endured for three hellish years as a prisoner of war in the Philippines.

  • Canning or freezing home-grown vegetables is a great way to preserve summer's bounty for year-round enjoyment. For beginners, most experts recommend freezing over canning.

    As long as you have plenty of freezer space, this option requires very little initial investment and is a simple and convenient way to preserve fruits and vegetables. Freezing also helps retain the fresh flavor better than canning.

  • We urge the residents of the Tell City-Troy Township school district to get behind the second launch of efforts to make major improvements at the city's high school.

  • A 2004 stopover at a German family's farm inspired an idea that now has my neighbors talking.

    Three years ago, while doing my best to stay on Bavaria's small roads instead of the high-speed superhighways, I pulled my rental car into a gift shop near Lichtenfels in upper Bavaria.

    A large half-timbered home there had been transformed into a small lodge and gift shop while the rest of the farm's buildings, including a dairy, small brewery and livestock barns had kept much of their traditional look and use.

  • As we approach the 2009 Schweizer Fest, many of us start planning to meet up with friends, host members of our family or welcome others from out of town who come back to celebrate our town's heritage. 

    We plan to attend the fair, see the talent show, and for those of age, visit the brau garten.

  • Visitors to the last week's Perry County 4-H fair had the chance to see and take part in a variety of activities. Busy 4-H'ers proudly displayed their projects and livestock exhibits. 4-H'ers and visitors took part in games, wrestled hogs, listened to music, saw motocross and demolition derbies and saw young people compete in contests and pageants.

  • With the U.S. economy still officially in a recession, many people are looking for entertainment bargains.

    Some may not think a night out that costs $40 per person is a great deal, but if it is a professionally done play with an Emmy-award winning actor and also includes a delicious meal — all at a location less than 25 miles from Tell City — that sounds pretty good.

  • This in response to the piece written by Jim Adkins (July 13 guest column "Baron Hill and Cap and Trade.") It's time for an honest discussion on the American Clean Energy and Security Act rather than a partisan rant.  I'd like to point out a few facts about the bill.  

    First off, the energy bill is about protecting our national security and creating jobs.  I, for one, am tired of exporting billions of dollars each year to the Middle East where al Qaeda terrorists use it against us.

  • Perry County Humane Society President Jim Carter has worked tirelessly to help animals big and small. Whether it's promoting spaying and neutering cats and dogs or working hard to promote the many animals available at the Perry County Animal Shelter, he's helped Perry County's furry friends numerous times.

  • Summer is nowhere near its end, but it's speeding by. Don't let the season pass without exploring the varied tastes this time of the year brings, whether in local gardens, farmers markets or roadside stands. For me, mid and late summer are the best times to enjoy the bounty of nature.

    Many of us tend to gardens of various sizes and I've already overheard green thumbs bragging about their first batches of green beans, ripening tomatoes and the size of new potatoes unearthed.

  • District Democrat Rep. Brad Ellsworth stated recently that a proposed cap-and-trade bill would be especially tough on Indiana. "The bill would place undue burdens on Indiana families and businesses, and particularly in these tough economic times, I could not support it," Ellsworth said.

    President Obama, himself, said that the bill would bankrupt the coal industry.

  • "Public Enemies," the latest from director Michael Mann ("Heat," "Collateral"), is a strangely quiet mess of a movie.  I expected the story of popular outlaw John Dillinger (played by Johnny Depp in a toned down but enjoyable performance) to be more cinematic and interesting.

  • Indiana just avoided a state government shutdown after longer than usual budget negotiations prompted by the state's now taking in less tax revenue than in recent years.

    And our federal government is running up record budget deficits to try to get the economy going again.

    But one idea recently suggested by Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman could help federal and state governments collect more tax revenues regardless of the state of the economy.