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Opinion

  • As Election Day draws near, candidates for local races will be stepping up their efforts to win your votes. We hope Perry County’s voters will take the time in the coming days to devote the time and attention voting demands before going to the polls Nov. 2 or taking part in early voting already under way.

  • A recent Associated Press article about Indiana’s new law requiring everyone, regardless of age, to show a photo identification when buying carryout alcohol included good news and bad news.

    The good news is AP quoted several Indiana legislators who say they are ready to revamp the law, which took effect July 1.

    Legislators and liquor store workers told the AP they’ve heard many complaints.

  • United Way of Perry County’s yearly funding drive is under way. The success of the group’s efforts depends on each of us. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $125,000 for support groups that provide a wide range of services within our community

  • As far as we know, we could have "Professional Murderer" printed on our business cards, and we'll have committed no crime.

    An investment professional advertising him- or herself as specializing in retirement planning, however, can suffer a $10,000 fine and license revocation for advertising that service.

  • "People get the government they deserve." So the old adage goes. Recent events in Bell, Calif., are proving this 200-year-old quote to be right.

    People there are outraged that their elected officials have salaries higher that the president of the United States. I have been in contact with a journalist covering the story and he tells me that these officials have been in office quite awhile for the most part, one at least 26 years.

  • Though we're still in the middle of a hot summer, autumn isn't far off and our staff's thoughts are beginning to turn toward November and Veterans Day. We plan to publish a special veteran's edition of the newspaper this year, and we need the help of our readers. Most of us know someone, living or dead, who has served in the armed forces. All you need to do to have your favorite veteran featured in The Perry County News is send us a photo of that veteran, along with some basic information.

  • The people I go to bed with can get pretty noisy. Sometimes it's downright embarrassing.

    I don't mind a little chitchat once the lights are off, but some of the people jabbering in my ear just won't quit about how their day went, where they dined for supper or even who else they're dating!

    To be honest, the men and women whose voices I listen to from my pillow are police officers, dispatchers and the occasional pilot on barges plying the Ohio River or aircraft soaring high over New Boston.

  • Cannelton City Schools, citing a "funding shortage," seeks Cannelton voters' approval of a special tax increase of $.41 per $100 of assessed valuation. In the interest of having complete data on which to make an informed decision on such an important issue, the following is submitted:

    According to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, the City of Cannelton's tax rates for the last three years are as indicated below:

    Year    Total Tax Rate

    2008    $2.9909

    2009    $3.2623

  • General Motors announced last week that it is purchasing AmeriCredit Inc. so that it can make more subprime auto loans.

    Considering that GM was one of several companies bailed out by American taxpayers last year and that losses on subprime loans were largely responsible for those companies' problems, we think this is the wrong message for GM to be sending.

  • Programs for the 52nd Schweizer Fest were in last week's News and copies are available at our office and businesses across the city. Two events I'd like to plug are the street-car parade Wednesday, Aug. 11, and the Saturday, Aug. 14, diaper derby. For years, both events have been on my Schweizer Fest beat.

    The number of participants in the street-car parade, which falls on the Wednesday-evening kickoff to the festival, varies year to year, and since it takes a little time for youngsters and their adult helpers to prepare the entries, now's the time to begin working.

  • When you watch as many movies as I do, you start to see patterns in every genre and things get very boring. I went into "Salt," the latest Angelina Jolie spy film, expecting a typical, safe movie that would be completely forgettable. I was pleasantly surprised to see an exciting action film that does not play it safe, but rather goes all out. "Salt" is not a great film or anything, but it is a film that takes risks and usually succeeds.

  • Summer break is rapidly coming to an end for all local students. Perry County students entering grades 6 through 12 in August will have to meet new immunization requirements or they could be prevented from attending school.

    The new 2010-11 school immunization requirements state that all students must have an immunization record that documents one tetanus, diphtheria, accelular pertussis vaccine, meningococcal conjugate vaccine and two varicella (chicken pox) vaccines.

  • When hiking your favorite trail in the Hoosier National Forest, have you ever noticed it was no longer muddy, or perhaps a portion of the trail had been relocated? How did the Hoosier staff know to correct the problem? It was a result of trail monitoring. Farther down the trail you cross an area and remember it had been part of a prescribed burn last year. In past years you did not notice all the different blooming flowers that you see now. These new flowers are the result of opening up the forest canopy and allowing more sunlight to reach the ground.

  • During the course of its investigation into the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill, The Associated Press was given information from the then-office of Mineral Management Services that was not making a lot of sense.

  • In case you haven't noticed, it's been the summer for traveling the country in adventuresome ways and Perry County has been a stopping-off point for free-spirited men and women swimming, horseback riding and even walking across some or all of the nation.

    A group of people waterskiing passed by Thursday and Mimi Hughes, a Tennessee woman swimming the Ohio River to raise awareness about the importance of educating girls, passed by just before Independence Day.

  • "Inception" is easily my most anticipated movie so far this year.

    It's not because I loved the previews for it or I read some interviews or I heard the buzz about it. It's because it's directed by Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "The Dark Knight"), it has an amazing cast and it is based on an original script. That last one is almost unheard of in summer blockbuster land these days.

  • Wednesday marks the opening day for eligible residents to file for the three seats on the Tell City-Troy Township School Board that will become vacant Jan. 1. Candidates will appear on the November ballot and citizens will vote on whom they would like to see on the board. This will mark a change approved by voters from an appointed board to one they select.

  • Three American presidents - including Barack Obama - have declared that a nuclear weapons-capable Iran is "unacceptable." But in order to give real meaning to that declaration we must do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from gaining this unacceptably dangerous capability.

    Make no mistake; this has reached crisis levels and is now the most urgent national security issue America confronts today.

  • Editor's Note: A Quality of Life Committee working under the auspices of the Perry County Development Corp. is partnering with The News to present stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. Patricia Newton Cooper penned this month's view.

    We moved back to Perry County after retiring in the summer of 2008. Since then, we have been asked, "Why did you move back to Perry County when there is so much more to do in Orange County, California?"

  • My family members, friends and even my co-workers can attest to my undying and, I'll admit, sometimes obsessive love of soccer.

    Or football, as I like to call it. And trust me, I've tried to get others to, as well.

    World Cup ended recently and with it an absolutely grueling and fantastic month in which I waited patiently for scores during work, watched two of my favorite teams - USA and Portugal - leave after the round of 16 and ventured all the way to Bloomington just to watch a game with my best friend at a local bar.