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Today's Opinions

  • 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”

  • More change is needed

    It’s time for a change!

    I should have written this sooner. But with all the recent changes we have seen, I feel there is not a better time than now.

    Every school night, my three girls – twins age 5 and another daughter age 13 – come to me and ask, “Mom, is this OK?”

    I say what I think is appropriate.

    We go through a regular routine. My 13-year-old comes to me and asks is this OK. I say I think so.

  • Americans should celebrate voting

    We expect a peaceful exchange of power. Once a presidential term is complete, he/she steps down and someone else steps up to take their place – no guns, no violence, no military take-over. It seems typical, completely natural. But it is really amazing that every four years we have the opportunity to overhaul our government.

  • John McCain wins support in mock election

    The organizers would like to thank everyone for their help and cooperation in this year’s high school mock election. We feel it is very important to inform our students on the issues and candidates, and although most of our students cannot vote in tomorrow’s election, the winner of this election will affect all of our students as they enter college, the military or the workforce in the next four years. Again, thank you for your participation and cooperation over the last few weeks.

    And now for the news you have all been waiting for:

  • Everyone should share trick-or-treat

    There is an older couple in my neighborhood. They are nice enough. Both of them are retired and stay pretty much to themselves most of the time.

    Since we only moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago, my wife, Kellee, asked the lady neighbor if we could expect a lot of trick-or-treaters this Halloween.

    I was kinda shocked by their answer.

    My wife was told that they don’t participate in trick-or-treat – not because of a religious belief against Halloween but simply because they don’t want to hand out candy.

  • Former Owen County magistrate looks back

    My how times have changed!

    I was second district magistrate in the late 1950s until 1965.

    I was appointed by then Gov. Bert Combs to fill out the term vacated by Edgar Sowder and won a full term in 1960 with Paul J. Jones as my opposition.

    I served under two county judges – Horace Ransdell and Kepple Roland.

    The fiscal court at that time had jurisdiction over the courthouse, jail, roads and the hospital along with the commodity program and the food distribution program.

    The magistrates were paid $15 a month and no benefits.