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Today's Opinions

  • Jesus was a liberal

    Jesus did not ask the blind man or the leper, “give me your silver pieces and THEN I will heal you.”  Health care in this country is bought and sold at the marketplace for profit like any other private consumption good at the expense of human lives. Yet, we claim to be a Christian nation.  122 people die each day in the US due to lack of access to health care; that number is far greater than those who died on 911 and the death toll continues to rise. Where is the memorial to these fellow Americans?

  • Trying terrorists in NYC is a mistake

    The White House says it has good reasons to bring the terrorists who planned the 9/11 attacks to New York City to try them in a federal courtroom instead of at the secure detention facility at Guantanamo. But I can’t think of any.

    The reasons why that decision is a mistake, however, are easy to list. It puts the tools we use to fight terror at risk. And it is a needless risk to America’s security. And it gives these terrorists a worldwide platform to spread their hateful propaganda.

  • Reflections on the giving of thanks

    Dennis Prager, a well-known author and radio talk-show host, has written that gratitude is the key to happiness. Here is how he has put it:

    “There is a ‘secret to happiness’ and it is gratitude. All happy people are grateful, and ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that it is being unhappy that leads people to complain, but it is truer to say that it is complaining that leads to people becoming unhappy. Become grateful and you will become a much happier person.”

  • The 2010 political season is underway

    The local political season has started. To inform the interested, it is time for those who want to be active in their local, state or federal government to enter the system by applying for a position from now until Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. Either join us at our meetings or go to the Henry County Clerks Office for the forms and information to join the process.

  • Fall Fling is around the corner

    It is hard to believe that three-fourths of the year is already over.  With that said, it is time for the annual New Castle Fall Fling, Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic New Castle. 

  • A Better Solution to Health Care Reform

    Although Speaker Pelosi’s flawed 1,990 page health care bill (H.R. 3962) passed the House on Nov. 7, the debate on health care reform is far from over. 

    We need health care legislation that will give the American people the reform they have asked for: fix what is broken in our health care system, reduce cost and increase access to health insurance.  That is why my Republican colleagues and I introduced the Common Sense Health Reform and Affordability Act (H.R. 4038).

  • Sharing a labor of love with friends

    I am, typically, a patient person. I don’t easily lose my temper, nor do I get frustrated quickly.

    But last week, my patience was tested.

    Ten years ago, I started making baklava. For the uninitiated, baklava is a glorious combination of phyllo dough, honey, nuts and spices. It is rich, sweet, crunchy, and unbelievably delicious.

    I was introduced to this heavenly concoction as a kiddo when my mother toted me to an Helenic festival in Evansville. There, we found gobs of the stuff, and it was love at first munch.

  • Regarding the recent loss of community landmarks

    I have often heard Henry Countians express their belief in traditional values, in their appreciation for the old ways, and their respect for the past. However, for a community as deeply rooted in what is perceived as tradition, it is very sad to see so little care taken of the physical reminders of where we have been and who we are.