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Opinion

  • In case you haven’t seen the headlines, newspapers are in the midst of a rough patch. Community publications like The News are faring better than large dailies. In fact, most big papers have cut back on staff, reduced coverage and shrank both the number and size of their pages. Some have even shut their doors altogether or switched to publishing online only.

  • Enhancing one’s performance is more a part of our culture than most of us realize. We drink caffeine in the morning and take No-Doze at night in an effort to stay razor sharp regardless of the hour of the day.

    Entertainers have been known to use recreational drugs to push their performances to extraordinary levels. College students sometimes take prescription drugs to increase learning capacity and get better grades.

  • Area church picnics will be coming up soon, and a bill currently working its way through the Indiana General Assembly could partially decide how much money they make.

    SB 414 has passed the senate and passed 8-0 in the House Public Policy Committee. It should go to the full house of representatives for a vote soon.

    Dennie Oxley, who represents part of Perry County, is one of the cosponsors of the bill, which would remove some of the restrictions now limiting parish festivals.

  • As residents who live in communities blessed by nature, Perry Countians have a vested interest in promoting conservation and stewardship.

    The forests we enjoy, the (for the most part) clean air and water around us and the verdant woods and fields that provide beauty and food — it’s nearly mushroom season — aren’t guaranteed to be here generations from now.

  • Sources matter if we are to have any hope of understanding the complex of issues facing our nation at this or any future moment.

    Granted, the average working man or woman may have little time, resources or energy to sort these things out. But the worst we could do in the face of uncertainty is accept at face value the particular absolutisms – generally recycled and unverifiable – of demagogues of either right or left.

  • Branchville Correctional Facility has been a good neighbor for more than 25 years, providing jobs to hundreds of Perry County residents. It's also protected the public and rehabilitated thousands of offenders and prepared them for their return to Hoosier communities. Today, the medium-security facility houses about 1,300 men and is one of the county's leading employers.

  • I received this e-mail Thursday. Perhaps some of you received the same one. No doubt many of you receive similar bogus offers from strangers offering to share millions of dollars.

    Good Day:

    My name is Mrs. Maria Johnson. I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you for you to help the motherless, less privileged, victims of natural disasters, AIDS-HIV associations and also for the assistance of  the widows and widowers in churches and mosques. I am 59 years old and was diagnosed with cancer about two years ago.

  • I am not a runner. I do not like to run. I'm even weary about walking sometimes because I'm a klutz and am known to randomly fall at the drop of a hat. (Believe me this is not an exaggeration, I have witnesses.) Yet, I am going to participate in a 5K run and walk.

    And I don't mean "participate" by handing out flyers, putting it in the paper for others to see or setting up a booth. I mean I'm going to train at least three days a week to get ready for the Teens Aware of Christ Runnin' With the Lord 5K run and walk.

  • "Knowing," the latest film from Alex Proyas ("The Crow," "I, Robot") almost delves into M. Night Shyamalan territory — it does feature a main character much like Mel Gibson's character from "Signs" — but it saves itself with an entertaining science-fiction plot and some of the best disaster sequences I have ever seen.  

  • The sour economy, layoffs, foreclosures and an overall financial pinch felt by everyone, haven't created much to cheer about in recent months. And while the recession may not be news to anyone's ears, there's still plenty of good taking place in our community. For this week's editorial, we're looking at some of the many, and sometimes overlooked, positives.  

  • Two days of bullying-prevention training dredged up plenty of old school memories earlier this month, most of which I wanted to keep buried.

    Yes, Mom, it's true. I was a bad bully in elementary school and in one of life's lessons in justice, was in turn bullied at times in junior-high school.

    For those who haven't noticed the stories in The News, Tell City-Troy Township School Corp., is taking part in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a well respected effort that strives to help schools and communities reduce bullying of children.

  • Girl Scouts of Raintree Council recently joined nearly 4 million adult and girl members throughout the nation in celebrating Girl Scout Week.

    This year's national observance marked the 97th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouting by Juliette Gordon Low March 12, 1912.

    Over the years, Girl Scout programs have made a lasting impact on girls' lives by providing activities that help build the courage, confidence and character girls need to grow into confident adults who make the world a better place.

  • A proposal to provide low-cost public transportation in Perry County looks like a good idea, but should be approached with caution.

    Speaking for the director of Ride Solution, an agency providing rides in eight counties, Pat Glenn told county commissioners March 2 the county's transportation advisory committee wants to include Marksman Cab owner Jerry Sprinkle in a partnership they say would benefit everyone.

  • I'm not much into green beer and while I'm a fan of corned beef, I can do without cabbage.

    Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and while lots of us will be wearing the green, a lack of Irish heritage doesn't inspire me to truly celebrate the day like those whose family trees have roots in the Emerald Isle. I enjoy reading about Irish history and the nation is near the top of places I still want to explore.

  • Each year the members of Leadership Perry County are charged with designing and delivering a project to improve the lives of the citizens of Perry County. Seventeen years ago a small group of emerging leaders from the first graduating class took on the task of creating the Perry County Community Foundation.

  • The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Or so many media reports about our nation's current economic condition seem to indicate.

    One of the latest stories to scare people was an Associated Press report last Monday by Tom Raum and Daniel Wagner, who said we may now be in a depression, not just a recession.

    Stocks tumbled most of the week - reaching 12-year lows Thursday - probably partially due to Raum and Wagner's report, as investors were selling and taking their losses, fearful that a depression like that of the 1930s was about to grip the United States.

  • Life teaches us hard, but valuable lessons. One of the most valuable comes as a warning: don't take what we value for granted, especially people. Of all the commodities people put value in, the scarcest, and perhaps most valuable, is time.

    There's no futures market on extra days, months and years. We're only allotted so much of it and when our meter expires, so to speak, we're gone.

  • What is 4-H? I get that question a lot. I have two different answers. 4-H is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. But I can also give another answer - 4-H is fun.

    4-H is a chance to help others in your community - whether it is collecting money to purchase items for those less fortunate, going to a nursing home to play bingo just to keep the residents company for one evening or sending cards to troops or veterans. These are all community-service projects Perry County 4-H'ers have accomplished.

  • "Watchmen" comes out tomorrow, but many of you out there may not have a clue what it's about. Sure, there are costumed crime fighters and what appears to be plenty of action, but is this just another comic book movie? No, actually you might say it's the anti-comic book movie.

  • Perry County stands to gain hundreds of thousands - perhaps  even millions - of dollars in federal stimulus spending. That's good news. We welcome needed local investments in roads, streets, sewers and other infrastructure projects that will help our community prosper in the future.