• I've grown so accustomed to biting my tongue around politicians, I'm fortunate to have kept the ability to speak. I spend as much time in public meetings as any elected official and it's certainly difficult at times to not speak my mind. Keeping my views out of stories hasn't been a problem but not being able to add my 2 cents can be challenging.

  • We don't normally use this space to recommend movies, but we've found a film every consumer should see. It's a 20-minute production starring Annie Leonard and some cartoon images.

    Leonard, coordinator of the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, shows us in "The Story of Stuff" how the production-consumption-disposal system that is so much a part of each of our lives works, and how it hurts us.

    How it works:

  • Editor's Note: This column by Virginia Barton was published in the Seaford Star in Delaware and is reprinted here with permission.

    Barton relates a reunion between her and husband, Chuck, with the children of the late Justin and Helen Etienne of Mount Pleasant. Chuck and Justin served in the Marine Corps during World War II.

    Bonding. Just what is it all about? Last week, Chuck and I celebrated 61 years of marriage. Without a doubt, a good marriage involves a great deal of bonding. It involves trust, faith, caring and sharing, love and hope, and much more.

  • I'm not one to be labeled an activist for animals. I'm less apt to marvel at the beauty of a wild deer than wonder if it's been grazing in my soybean field. And a baby white-faced calf frolicking in a green pasture brings to mind future steaks or a paycheck for my farmer brothers rather than the wonder of new life.

    No, I'll never forgo steak or leather but I don't want to see any animal suffer, whether being cared for as a pet or raised for market and the dinner table.

  • With the United Way signs disappearing, Thanksgiving gatherings a fond memory and our minds now turning toward Christmas, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you there is still time to give to the United Way of Perry County's annual fund drive.

    The annual campaign, co-chaired this year by Don Gill of Best Chairs and Rita Mahoney of Old National Bank, was officially completed Nov. 1 but donations may be made through the end of the year.

  • While New Year's is still a month away, we at The News are already working on plans for a memorable 2008. And what a year it should be, with Tell City's sesquicentennial celebration in August and various community projects getting under way or wrapping up.

  • Recent headlines in this newspaper reporting large seizures of methamphetamine, marijuana and cash prove the war on drugs - and the drug trade - are far from being won. Despite statewide decreases in the number of drug labs dismantled by police, there are still criminals willing to manufacture meth or cultivate plots of marijuana.

  • I do my very best to avoid department stores at Christmas time, and since Christmas shopping now begins even before Thanksgiving, I have been sticking to the grocery-store aisles for weeks.

    I would rather be just about anyplace than standing in line Friday morning, waiting to run through a store just to grab a few bargains. Some stores opened as early as 4 a.m. Friday and while I'm up that early at least six of seven days each week, I refuse to join the race, no matter how big the bargains.

  • Now that Thanksgiving has passed and we have all given thanks for what we have, the Christmas season is in full swing. From now until New Year's we will all celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

    Presents will be exchanged and many meals will be served to show our appreciation. But not everyone is fortunate enough to have as much as others. This is where you come in.

  • The disappearance of Ricky Thomas in the late fall 1997 was one of the first big stories I covered after coming to The News that summer. Ten years later, the mystery surrounding the Bristow teen's disappearance remains. What happened to the 13-year-old boy last seen about 1 p.m. Nov. 6 on Oak Ridge Road? If alive, Thomas would be 23 years old today.

  • To those of our readers who have struggled along with us as we worked to migrate from one Web-site system to another Oct. 23, we extend an apology and a note of thanks.

  • The definition of armistice is the cessation of hostilities. The most significant armistice to all Americans was signed at 5 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918, ending World War I after four years of conflict.

    This armistice was an order for all firing to cease and the laying down of all arms. All over the world there were many demonstrations, blowing of whistles and impromptu parades. Many businesses closed their doors as the world rejoiced for the ending of "the war to end all wars."

  • I've heard much about the dislike many have for this month's time change. Among the most upset are those who work in Eastern time zone counties, such as Dubois. Many of those folks now have to get up an hour earlier every morning since Dubois County clocks are now an hour ahead of ours and will be that way year-round.

  • The Indiana General Assembly will soon begin debating Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to reduce property taxes.

    We like some parts of the plan, including raising the state's sales tax one percentage point to help lower property taxes. We editorialized in favor of that move Sept. 17.

    We also like that his plan includes a cap on property taxes, limiting them to 1 percent of the assessed value for homes, 2 percent for rental property and 3 percent for business property.

  • It was pouring down rain in early 2002, the first day my husband and I crossed the bridge from Hawesville into Cannelton.

    We'd been on the road for about two and a half hours, trekking from the heart of central Kentucky with raindrops tapping on the windshield the whole way.

    We came to check out Perry County and its people. An opportunity had arisen for me to advance my career and to possibly become the publisher of this newspaper.

  • With Election Day just hours away, I've been trying to catch up on odds and ends after a very busy time. So, for this week, let's keep this column upbeat and positive by applauding some of the people who've made news recently - and some whose deeds may have gone unnoticed.

    First, hats-off to our local candidates running for office tomorrow. Thanks for putting your names on the line and agreeing to undergo what is, without a doubt, a grueling and sometimes painful process.

  • In the annals of city history, few events are more monumental than election days, those when citizens - men and women of all adult ages, economic status and political outlooks - cast votes for those who want to lead.

  • Once again the war in Iraq is misrepresented as being based upon lies (News editorial, Oct. 22).

    Children have to be taught at a young age the difference between a lie and a mistake. The difference is doing something deliberately or doing something inadvertently.

    Why is it when Democrats signed the bill to give the president the authority to take any step necessary to get Saddam Hussein to follow the United Nations resolution they can later say they made a mistake but that the administration lied?

  • Breakfast has been a mouth-puckering experience the last few days at my house. Alas, there's been no one to kiss. The puckering comes from the persimmon jam I made with a combination of not-quite-ripe-fruit and stubbornness has kept me from throwing the jam away. That same obstinateness will probably keep me puckering for days to come.

  • It's like any other day. Kids are running amok, you're trying to get dinner on the table and suddenly your 11-year-old daughter starts complaining of dizziness and nausea. After trying to diagnose the problem yourself, you take her to the doctor. There you're asked if your daughter is taking any type of medication and you answer "no." But, are you sure?