• Don’t govern crisis to crisis

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress


    After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people.

    “We’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Congress, he said, would not lurch from crisis to crisis.

  • What’s wrong with a dog tax?

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I’ve been asked several times over the years about the animal-control issues facing Perry County. I’ve been shy about sharing my personal opinions because I’m not an “animal person.” I don’t have a dog or cat and while I would never abuse or condone the abuse of an animal, I don’t feel strongly about the issue.

  • Putting Indiana’s communities first





    No one wants to look back and wonder what we could have and should have done to make Indiana a better place. Instead, by taking a forward-looking approach, the Indiana University Public Policy Institute is evaluating what can be done now to help local communities and our state succeed.

  • Calling Bigfoot researchers

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I saw the following story  posted by the Martinsville Reporter-Times on the Hoosier State Press Association’s Information Network last week. Staff writer Scott Roberts interviewed members of a  group preparing to spend a weekend this spring searching the Morgan-Monroe Forest for signs of Bigfoot.

  • Rural News


  • Respecting religious diversity


    By Vince Luecke

    It’s Lent and I’ve been doing my best to follow the ages-old Christian tradition of trying to amend my life – at least a little – during the 40 days leading up to Easter.

  • The role of Congress and learning to be a citizen

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress


    The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

    I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook. Democracy is no spectator sport and citizens are not passive consumers.

  • Leave Indiana’s common construction wage law in place




    Folks, who know me well, know I love history. History is a great teacher – and what happened last week in the Indiana House of Representatives reminded me of that.

    In darkest days of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt passed the Davis-Bacon Act, which created something known as the common-construction wage or prevailing wage.

  • A classy lady

    Vince Luecke


    I think Gayle Strassell was a little surprised on that Tuesday evening in 2003. It was the day she was elected Tell City’s mayor. I have to admit I was a little surprised, too.

  • Planning ahead, order seed



    Like many gardeners this time of the year I, too, have been spending cold winter evenings by the fire with a good catalog. The seed catalogues fill the mailbox and I barely make it up the driveway without taking a peak at what’s offered for 2015.

    Two years ago I made a procrastinating mistake and waited too long to place my onion and potato order.