Today's Opinions

  • GE committed to thorough site assessment

    GE continues to be fully committed to completing a thorough assessment of our former small motors plant, working closely with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Tell City neighborhood and local and state officials.

    We appreciate the support we’ve received, with nearly 75 percent of notified property owners participating in the indoor air sampling program.

  • Indiana needs hate-crime law

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

    reporter@spencer countyjournal.com


    Gov. Eric Holcomb is taking an admirable stand in favor of legislation to better protect citizens against crimes motivated by race, gender identity, religion or similar traits.

    Indiana is one of five states in the union to lack what is commonly known as a “hate crime law,” and some would argue that it is not needed and to dedicate legislative time to such an effort would be mere virtue signaling.

  • We trust GE will do what’s right, but oversight needed

    Tell City leaders are proceeding in the right direction when it comes to seeking independent analysis of groundwater contamination likely to have come from the General Electric site.
    The city’s elected leaders should know the scale and seriousness of the issue and when it comes to the complicated issue of chemicals and concentrations, understandable information is needed.

  • Moles, myths and misconceptions

    Tim Gibb

    Purdue University


    Occasionally I am asked to speak at landscape management meetings about moles – you know, the furry little animals that tunnel just below ground and make such a mess of a lawn. I don’t know why they ask me, an insect scientist, to speak about moles. I assume it is because it just dawned on the guy who was originally asked that he had a previous commitment, such as an oil change, or he had to back out because he “woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.”

  • Indiana must pass a law on hate crimes

    In a case of good news coming out of bad, a heinous act in Hamilton County during the weekend may have been the tipping point for Indiana to finally pass hate crimes legislation.

    Passing such a bill should be a priority in the 2019 legislative session and would be long overdue.

    Vandals painted anti-Semitic symbols on the wall of property at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla on West 116th Street in Carmel. Nazi flags and iron crosses were painted on walls of a shed on the property and burn marks were also found nearby.

  • The pope and the death penalty


    Many Perry Countians are strongly pro-life and have long opposed abortion and euthanasia. The issue of capital punishment, however, is not as often included in calls to protect human life.

    Many of us honestly find it difficult to oppose the state-sanctioned execution of murderers and rapists. That’s why Pope Francis’ declaration last week that the death penalty is wrong in all cases created a real debate, as it should. It’s difficult to accept.

  • Tell City All Stars thank their donors

    The 2018 Tell City 8U Little League All Star season was a success. We competed in a total of five tournaments and went head to head with many teams from around the Tri-state area. Despite the tough competition, we won a lot of games including a tournament championship in Springs Valley. 

  • In wake of synagogue incident, the Indiana General Assembly should pass law that criminalizes hateful conduct

    Curtis Hill

    Indiana Attorney General


    Like thousands of my fellow Hoosiers, I was angry and saddened to learn about the hateful graffiti sprayed on a wall outside a Carmel synagogue over the weekend. To members of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, I offer you my heartfelt support and prayers as you come to grips with this act of malice so cowardly perpetrated at your place of worship.