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Opinion

  • In 2007 it came to the attention of the Humane Society of Perry County that there is a growing problem in Cannelton, Tell City and Troy, with feral alley cats. These feral cats that are not claimed are living all over the county and breeding beyond control.

    We have had numerous discussions with some officials concerning this problem and it is now time for those who are in power to act. No one seems to have the perfect solution.

  • When Bill Clinton was president, his wife, Hillary, charged that allegations of wrongdoings by him were the result of "a vast right-wing conspiracy."

    But now she and her husband seem to be orchestrating a left-wing conspiracy against her current rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

  • Every morning and night, leaving from and returning to home, I roll down my car's driver's-side window half way and listen for the goose on the lake below my house. The big white-plumed bird never fails to offer a honk or two, either welcoming me home or saying goodbye.

  • Gov. Mitch Daniels announced in October that a social studies category will be added to Indiana's statewide testing program for school children, known as ISTEP, for grades 4, 6 and 8 when the test moves to spring.

    That subject had previously been totally ignored in the tests. But a national study released last month sponsored by Common Core, a new nonpartisan group pushing for the liberal arts in public school curriculums, indicates it's not a moment too soon to be adding this vital subject.

  • While Indiana's property-tax system continues to be highly scrutinized at the Statehouse, leaders must remember that true tax transformation requires that government spending decrease. Every government process should be inspected for efficiency, and our local-election process should be no different. To lower local taxes, local government should be allowed to choose vote-center elections as a substitute for precinct-based elections.

  • No one can fault Ron Etienne; he worked hard to get the public involved in discussions about improvements needed in Tell City's aging junior-high and high-school buildings. His efforts in that regard began when, in late 2006, the schools superintendent launched processes to get those improvements started.

    Members of the public began appearing at school-board meetings. The first among them stood up to commend Etienne and the school board for taking action that could restore pride in the schools and the city.

  • Editor's Note: This guest column by Tell City Electric Department Superintendent Marlow Smethurst is in response to Jack Joyce's column published in Monday's News concerning the Tell City Electric Department's request for an increase in rates and charges. Smethurst responds to Joyce's comments, point by point.

  • More than two decades of successful management of the Tell City Electric Department qualifies me, and makes it my duty, to speak out on the current request for an increase in rates and charges for the Tell City Electric Department.

  • Headlines running across the pages of the newspaper haven't been all that blissful the past several months, with weekly reports of methamphetamine labs busted by police. And just last week we reported on the arrests of four people, two adults and two juveniles, on criminal-gang activity.

    Scattered amid that news have been stories about the impact of proposed local-government reform and its possible impact on tax rates, frequent home foreclosures and sheriff's sales, proposed utility-rate increases and efforts last year by Tell City to annex outlying areas.

  • Depending on the results of this week's big primaries in Texas and Ohio, Hoosier Democrats may or may not have a say in deciding this year's Democratic nominee for president. That's a shame and our state's leaders, of both major parties, need to find a way to give Indiana more relevance in choosing nominees for president.

    The way we see it, that could mean moving up our state's primary date from May to February or March, or working with other states to create rotating regional primaries.

  • Feb. 29, as most of us know, rolls around only once each four years. Friday is the big day and while most of us will go about our daily routine without much thought to the extra day the calendar has given us, we shouldn't let it pass without trying to do something a little special. After all, four years is a long time to wait for the next Feb. 29.

  • Thursday's News reported that funds to improve a four-block area of Main Street are running dry, leaving only one block with the amenities many of us were hoping would come to all four blocks included in the project.

  • It's Lent and I've been doing my very best to keep up ages-old Christian tradition of giving up something to mark the spiritual significance of the 40 days before Easter.

    My sacrifice isn't huge: I've ditched the television for the most part, allowing myself only 30 minutes of news in the morning and evening. Instead of watching movies or the National Geographic Channel, I've been trying to read more, blowing off dust from books I only glanced over during my seminary days. I've come to enjoy the quiet time.

  • The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

  • Editor's Note: Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan served as co-chair of the recent Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform with Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard. In the first of a two-part interview with representatives of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Kernan shares his thoughts on how the state's property-tax plight and need for more responsible local government are intertwined and why the current local government structure does not work.

  • I'm tired of writing about methamphetamine. I'm sick of hearing about the drug and the police reports and telephone calls about people caught making it, using it or buying the ingredients that make the stuff.

  • We editorialized last summer that adding more events to the Schweizer Fest would help increase attendance at Tell City's annual celebration. So we were pleased to hear that the 2008 fest will include a musical play again after none was held in 2007 for the first time in 21 years.

    The play chosen for this year is "1776," a story about the founding of the United States that was generally well received when it was released as a Broadway play and a movie.

  • I nearly bit the dust the other day. Or should I say I nearly bit the ice. I was walking down the sidewalk from my house to the mailbox with letters Sunday evening when my right foot found a small patch just a few inches in width. Both feet suddenly came out from under me, the letters in my hand flew skyward and I came crashing down back first on the hard concrete.

  • The Indiana Senate passed Senate Bill 235 last week. If adopted, the law would allow counties to create new voting centers which would let residents cast their ballots at one location, regardless of which precinct they live in.

  • The elderly man hunched over from age, shuffling down the sidewalk. The older lady in the wheelchair with oxygen feeding through her nostrils.

    Those are the faces of heart disease in America, aren't they?

    Look at the face on this column mug. A healthy-looking 40-year-old woman. That's also the face of heart disease and a heart-attack survivor.