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Opinion

  • Anyone reading this has surely heard by now that health-care reform has become reality. Some of you have likely heard plenty of arguments for and against this bill. I, like many of you, had questions about what exactly was in it. I also wanted to know how it would impact me as a family physician and health-insurance consumer.

  • Yard signs don't tell us much about political candidates' goals and aspirations for running for office. Newspaper advertisements do a better job and we at The News appreciate the trust candidates place in us when purchasing ads that share their views, outline goals and ask for voters' support.

  • I didn't make it to Good Friday church services last week. But watching a few good men remove a dead man from a truck served as good a reminder as any of not only Jesus' death but those who freed him from the cross.

    I was watching TV over a bowl of cereal when my scanner reported a two-vehicle accident on Indiana 37 north of Interstate 64. Two trucks had collided.

  • Editor's Note: A Quality of Life Committee sponsored by 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 Lewis Anderson.

    Like most 18-year-olds in this town, I could not wait to leave Tell City.  There were so many things I wanted to accomplish in life and this small town was a dead end. So after I graduated from Purdue University, I took a commission in the U.S. Navy as an ensign. 

  • I don't have a nostalgic feeling toward the original "Clash of the Titans" (1981). I rewatched it recently and just couldn't get past the cheesy stop-motion animation. Some people may a have a special place in their heart for the campy film about Perseus and the Greek gods, but not me. I was very excited to see a big-budget remake of this film and I suppose I'm glad they did it.

  • Violence is not the answer.

    Seems pretty simple, doesn't it? It's a phrase most of us have heard all our lives and is something we hope all of us strive to follow. Unfortunately, it doesn't always happen.

    We understand the recent passing of the new health-care-reform bill has many Americans upset and voicing their political views. This is great - voicing opinions is a right we all have and we are happy to see so many exercising that right. What is not so awe-inspiring is the violence that has occurred along with it.

  • Spring (the season) has sprung and the warmer weather last week, aided by a week of vacation the previous several days, put a bit more spring in my step. The extra energy is most welcome.

    The arrival of Easter, the springtime holiday on my calendar, adds even more certainty to the declaration that winter is kaput. I'm sure there are a few frosts to come and perhaps even a scattered flurry or two will fly sometime in the next couple of weeks, but spring is here, the grass is greening and summer is nipping at our heels. Alleluia.

  • An Associated Press story I read Wednesday seemed pretty upbeat, offering worlds of promise beginning with the headline.

    Atom smasher moves toward Big Bang goal

  • Far be it from us to suggest he can't express his opinions, but we suspect the Indiana secretary of state is using his official position in ways that may cross the lines of what's proper.

    Secretary of State Todd Rokita issued a statement March 4 regarding the lawsuit filed against him by the League of Women Voters of Indiana alleging the state's voter-identification law treats voters differently, and therefore unequally and unconstitutionally. Attorneys for the League and the state had presented oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court that morning.

  • To the sheriff's deputy who blew through the four-way stop at 19th and Mozart streets at 1:09 p.m. Thursday, thank you.

    I might have recognized you, and therefore thanked you by name, but you had your hand up to your face, perhaps holding a cell phone.

    I want to thank you because a law-enforcement officer blowing the stop sign gives credence to my theory that people going through that intersection driving north or south are different from those of us going east or west.

  • Each year, millions of people dedicated to eliminating cancer in our lifetime participate in a unique event that helps communities celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much. That event is the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

  • Fifty years after a deadly plane crash united residents of Perry County in grief, weekend services again proved how caring our community can be.

    Relatives of several victims of the 1960 crash at Millstone of Northwest Orient Flight 710 attended March 13-14 events marking the 50th anniversary of the crash. Led by the local Kiwanis Club and a committee of community members, Saturday's memorial and Sunday's worship service honored the memories of the 63 people who died March 17, 1960.

  • Anonymous letters are common in my mailbag. One arrives every few days, many of them handwritten. Some are well-thought-out with very neat penmanship. Others are scribbled, obviously in anger or haste. Maybe both.

    We don't publish nameless letters, but I read them nonetheless. Some are so profanity-laced they'd make a sailor blush in shame. Others are thoughtful and could otherwise be published unedited, had they come with the authors' name.

  • Eagles Bluff Park, which overlooks the Cannelton Locks and Dam on the Ohio River, is the crown jewel of Perry County's parks and has been open daily since renovations were completed there in 2008. But those who work until 5 p.m. — certainly a sizable part of the county's population — were never able to enjoy it on weekdays because the park closed at 5 p.m. (and this year winter closing time was changed to 4 p.m.). Effective today, though, that has changed. The park is now open until 7 p.m.

  • I once heard the saying that a man is never truly a man until he stands naked in front of a woman.

  • Editor's Note: The Quality of Life Committee sponsored by 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 Kenneth Simpson.  When it was requested I write an article concerning my family's move to Tell City and Perry County, I had many thoughts. But basically, it was a case of my wife Sandra and me moving back home.

  • "Alice in Wonderland," Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's latest collaboration, is equal parts strange and goofy. This is not a bad thing, I was just hoping for something a bit darker. The film is still enjoyable and it certainly held my interest.

  • Spring is still two weeks away but already candidates' campaign signs are springing up like yellow daffodils. The advertising in front yards and the pages of The News are proof that Indiana's May 4 primary is fast approaching and locally contested races for sheriff, treasurer, county commissioner and county council.

    A candidate forum April 15 at the Schergens Center will give candidates a public chance to outline their reasons for running and their goals, if elected. So will questionnaires the newspaper will send to them in the next couple of weeks.

  • I know what many parents are concerned with these days ... Will their child excel in this harsh economic environment? What about preparing for future careers and challenges?

    I'm going to let you in on a well-kept secret in Perry County. There is an organization that helps youth develop leadership and citizenship skills. They can also learn other important life skills such as wise use of resources (planning a budget), healthy lifestyle choices (eating right and exercising) and social skills. It's 4-H!

  • OK, let's get one thing straight: Percy Jackson is not Harry Potter. If you had read anything else about "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" (from here on out I'll just stick with "The Lightning Thief") then you've read that Percy doesn't stack up against Harry.