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Today's Opinions

  • The people will be watching

    Over the past couple of weeks, we have been talking to new and returning local officials following the general election earlier this month.

    Plenty of promises have been made and lots of goals and ambitions established in hopes of winning support from the public.

    In the next few months, we will monitor the progress of these issues and many others topics.

    The News-Herald will support and encourage their agendas for the betterment of the community while still working as watchdogs for the effective use of taxpayers’ money.

  • Soccer players deserve recognition

    I would like to take a moment and say ‘great job’ to all primary students who played soccer this fall.

    My son played for the first time as a first-grader and loved it. Every time they won a game, he felt so good about himself.

    They won all seven of their games. All of these kids deserve more recognition. There were no tournaments, no articles, no pictures, nothing.

    There is always something about middle school or high school sports.

    My point is even though this is park and rec. sports, these kids don’t try any less.

  • Everyone has a right to speak up and be heard

    I’d like to answer Tracey Westover’s guest editorial “Times are Changing,” dated Nov. 12, 2008.

    It is of utmost importance that all Christian America pray that our elected officials, including the new president, are instruments in bringing God’s will in America for all Americans.

    Ms. Westover stated that at a place of business her son was told “speak up – just because we’re all white doesn’t mean you can’t speak up.”

  • Parents should send proper messages to their kids

    Racism In response to the letter by Tracy Westover, I identify with you completely. My son was faced with racism while in school. By the grace of God and after years of searching and finally being comfortable with who he is, he grew up to be a fine young man. He respects others for who they are, not by the color of their skin. Racism couldn’t take the goodness out of his heart.

  • Public urged to support shelter and efforts to help animals

    We would like to invite you to attend the Fido Fiesta from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Elk Creek Winery.

    There will be silent auctions, in house raffles, a private wine tasting tour by reservation only and musical entertainment by Jake Walls throughout the evening. Proceeds will go towards completion and operation of the Owen County dog shelter which will be operated by Owen County Friends of Animals Inc. under a contractual agreement with the county.

  • Racism plays no role in decisions

    Let’s get one thing straight first – I’m not a racist.

    I’m a Democrat and more likely to be accused of being a member of “the liberal media” than a conservative mole.

    Last week, two ladies called me following the election of Barack Obama and the publication of our election edition.

    They both said they were African-American who live in Owen County.

    They both wanted to know why the paper chose to run a picture of John McCain on the front page instead of announcing the presidential victory of Barack Obama.

  • Never say never

    The year was 1953. A small school in Milan, Ind., and its young coach prepared for the upcoming season.

    The expectations were high following a trip to the final four the year before. Even with four returning starters, no one could have imagined what happened.

    Milan High School, with an enrollment of 161, finished off the 1953-54 season by doing what many believed to be impossible.

    The Indians won the Indiana High School basketball championship. Milan remains the smallest school to ever claim the title.

    How did they do it?

  • Times are changing

    I just wanted to let the employee at (a local institution) that was worried about the “coon” running for president – he’s your president now.

    At another business, my son was told “speak up – just because we’re all white doesn’t mean you can’t speak up”