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Opinion

  • Editor's Note: Cannelton High School student Spencer Herzog wrote this column as part of an English assignment in teacher Eric Harris' class. As Harris points out, Herzog makes a point about being young but interested in current issues and "I think it's always refreshing to see a local student published in the newspaper.  It shows the community that there are kids who care about what is happening in the world."

  • We're confident the Spencer County Board of Zoning Appeals will eventually make the right decision on whether or not to grant ThyssenKrupp Waupaca a special-exception permit to operate a monofill in Huff Township.

  • I've never counted myself a member of the animal-rights movement. I grew up on a farm caring for animals destined for the dinner table. I support farmers' right to raise animals for human consumption.

  • "Our view," (The News' editorial) May 10 is a good example of why with this upcoming election in November people need to read and listen to several sources to get a complete story.   The editorial repeats several distortions that have come out of the opposition to Arizona's new law on illegal immigration.

  • “Iron Man” was a bit of a surprise for me when it came out in 2008.  I’ve always been more of an X-Men and Batman fan, so I went to check it out with fairly low expectations.  When I walked out of the theater I had become a fan of Tony Stark. The first movie had plenty of action, wit and fun. Most importantly, “Iron Man” was a film that featured a near-perfect performance from Robert Downey Jr. and it was a film that didn’t take itself too seriously. I’m happy to say that all of the above applies to “Iron Man 2.”

  • Everywhere you turn these days, you find someone insisting that Americans are fed up. They’re angry at the White House, or at the government in general, or at politicians as a breed.

  • Everyone should be aware by now of the debate going on over the recently passed immigration law in Arizona. Gov.

  • I can't think of the name of the old science-fiction movie that depicted a world run by robots and computers.

  • I just read the April 26 editorial regarding last year's attempt to raise taxes for school renovation and repair. Your paper stated people should have solid reasons for opposing the referendum. No new taxes is reason enough, but there are others.  Your article also stated no one openly opposed the referendum. I opposed it in writing in this paper. Incidentally, my article received many supporting comments.  This year, 55 percent of my property tax bill is for school funding. The school tax increased 23.35 percent from 2009 to 2010.

  • I wish to share my concerns with the direction and focus of our state and its leaders. I am a retired school superintendent of 25 years who also served as executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents from 1998 through 2004.  Based on my experiences, our legislators are very good people, honest, hard working and committed to their work on behalf of their constituents. But, I am growing increasingly frustrated with the results of their actions.

  • A Spencer County woman whose car went into a lake north of New Boston April 21 might have lived had a guardrail been in place to stop her vehicle from entering the water.

  • Tuesday will be one of those exciting days sure to bring extra work but guaranteed to be one I'll remember come retirement day.

     As everyone knows, tomorrow is Election Day and while many of us know who we will vote for, others have yet to decide. For those still pondering their decisions, we have ads in today's issue and profile information submitted by candidates on our Web site, www.perrycountynews.com.

    Past stories on candidates can also be viewed online.

  • 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 the stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away. This column was written by Patrick Rich.

    When considering relocating to Tell City for my job, we looked at as much information as we could find on the Internet about the area.

  • Miles of county roads cross the Hoosier National Forest, many which access small, 120- to 600-acre, tracts of private land scattered amongst the national forest. People often call to find out where the national-forest boundaries are. They may be hunting and want to make sure they are not trespassing on private land. They may be interested in buying land adjacent to the national forest and want to know where the property ends. Or they may already own land adjacent to national forest and want to harvest timber and need to know where the property boundaries are.

  • Comic-book movies are a dime a dozen these days, but "Kick-Ass" is a bit different. It's a comic book movie that acknowledges comic books. The self-referential factor allows the film to be much funnier than its typically serious counterparts.

    This doesn't mean "Kick-Ass" is a flat-out comedy. It still features plenty of vicious action and extreme vulgarity, and I loved every minute of it.

    "Kick-Ass" is about Dave Lizewski, a comic-book reading high-school kid who dares to ask, "Why hasn't anyone ever tried to be a superhero?"

  • A comment by Tell City-Troy Township school-board member Larry Bryant April 13 struck us as rather odd.

    "I had a discussion with a citizen today," Bryant said, "who said the reason they voted against the referendum last time was because we did not share what we were going to do with the money; we kept it secret. I asked them if they'd heard of the open meetings. They hadn't heard of any open meetings, they hadn't heard any information ... they said we'd kept it secret."

  • A friend of mine recently lost his mother rather unexpectedly. He's coping as well as can be expected, sorting through the inevitable and understandable feelings of loss. He describes an emptiness in his life, even though he lived hundreds of miles away from her and saw her only on holidays and summer vacation.

    He also describes heavy feelings of regret.

    "What kind of regrets?" I asked him during a phone conversation, thinking he was talking about not spending as much time as he liked with his mom or not saying "I love you enough."

  • This old, oak table upon which I begin to type brings with it good ghosts.

    I am its inheritor. For more decades than I am old, this table graced my grandparents' kitchen. When Grandma Toni died at 92, each grandchild was granted one item. I took her table.

  • Conservative commentators are trying to convince American citizens that the recently passed U.S. health-care reform is bad for a variety of reasons and was passed despite a majority of Americans opposing it. Karl Rove, Republican strategist and former George W.

  • I can count on two hands the number of times an editorial cartoon in the paper has generated calls of complaint. Last week's artwork was one of the occasions.