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Editorials

  • Watered-down bill will not alleviate meth crisis

    With no opposition, a measure that is supposed to undermine methamphetamine cooks passed the Indiana House of Representatives’ Public Health Committee Wednesday.

    But because of earlier opposition by outside interests, the bill has been so watered down that it’s likely eventual passing by the full General Assembly will do little or nothing to combat our state’s serious methamphetamine problem.

  • Facade program will be good for Tell City

    Considering a winter storm had passed through earlier in the week, we were glad to see a good number of people present at Wednesday evening’s meeting on Tell City’s new facade-improvement program.

    Sponsored by Brick by Brick on Main, the name for what was formerly the Tell City Development and Action Committee, the facade program will provide matching money for businesses owners who want to improve the appearance of their facades, or front areas, of their buildings.

  • Teachers deserve more respect

    Recently released Indiana Statewide Testing For Educational Progress scores saw the dire predictions of many educators come to pass. The 2015 test, plagued by technical issues, more rigid standards and a truncated timetable for preparation saw just more than half of Hoosier students pass this year’s test, down from 74 percent last year.

  • Ellspermann move would be great for Ivy Tech, blow to Pence’s re-election chances

    Like most Hoosiers, we were surprised to learn late last year that Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is giving serious consideration to becoming Ivy Tech Community College’s next president.

    As was reported across the state before the holidays, Ellspermann has expressed an interest in the position and would likely be a strong candidate. A selection task force will choose a successor to the retiring Tom Snyder in a few months.

  • Ewing deserves credit for transforming Tell City

    Mayor Barbara Ewing’s retirement has made its share of news lately and the newspaper has thoroughly covered her departure with stories and photos. But we would be remiss if we did not offer a final gesture of thanks in this space to a city leader who has done so much.

    Ewing’s eight years as mayor have truly been transformative and while she took the keys to the city after two effective predecessors, Bill Goffinet and Gayle Strassell, Ewing improved her community in just about every way imaginable. 

  • The right prescription for meth

    Indiana has the unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in meth lab seizures. Since 2013, law enforcement has dismantled 4,477 meth labs, rescued 1,104 children living in a meth lab environment and arrested 3,766 people connected to manufacturing meth.

    Perry County has long had a major meth problem, with hundreds of clandestine labs discovered in homes, moving vehicles, campsites and abandoned buildings.

  • Knocking on heaven’s door

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I got into a fairly heated disagreement with a friend a few weeks ago about a woman coming to the area who claims to be able to contact people who have died. My view is that no one can contact the spirits of dead people. My friend believes some people can. We agreed to disagree.

  • Another time of infamy

    Pearl Harbor, the anniversary of which fell last Monday, still seems ghastly, horrific and evidence of a time when evil became totally unchained across the globe.

  • Workforce development grant good news all around

    The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ awarding a $250,000 workforce development grant to the City of Tell City, along with the Perry County Business and Industrial Development Corp., last week is good news for our community for several reasons.

  • ISTEP flunks trust test

    Administration of ISTEP tests in Indiana have been problematic since 2011, when the state signed a new contract for computerized testing.

    Finally, this year, local school officials throughout the state have had their fill as they await public release of test results they don’t trust.