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Editorials

  • Together, we can help students succeed

    With August on the horizon, Perry County students and educators are gearing up for another school year.

    Classes will begin Tuesday, Aug. 4, for Perry Central Community School and the Tell City-Troy Township School corps. Cannelton School District will welcome students for their first day of classes the following Tuesday, Aug. 11.

    As school administrators, faculty and staff prepare to open their classrooms, students and their families are also busy preparing for a new year of learning.

  • Our View: Troy Town Board: Don’t fall asleep at the wheel

    Just a few blocks from the rising Ohio River, Troy Town council members continue to paddle around their own turbulent waters. Meanwhile, residents and current and potential business interests are waiting, watching and taking note.

    The board – and town staff – have struggled through several challenges over the past year. In February, Bret Kleeman was appointed to replace John Mathena, who resigned in January.

  • Changing the high court would be overreacting

    People who usually revere the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution today are voicing doubts about whether the founders got it right with respect to the Supreme Court.

    The critics’ misgivings come in the wake of two decisions they disliked – the court’s recent upholding of the federal health-care law and, more divisively, the ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.

  • Courts need more child advocates

    Children’s voices are innocuous, and  in a court system devised to deal with adult issues, they are sometimes overshadowed; their messages are not thoroughly recognized. That’s why earlier this month, judges from local communities rallied to ask for assistance in helping kids overcome the effects of abuse and neglect, through volunteerism in the court-appointed-special-advocates program.

  • Our View: Council needs better explanation before granting abatement on apartments

    The developers of River Pointe, the housing complex along Tell City’s Seventh Street, are seeking a 10-year property-tax abatement on portions of the more than $7 million project. We reported two weeks ago on the request by Myszak and Palmer, the developers behind the four-story complex that has quickly changed the city’s skyline. When ready for occupancy early next year, River Pointe will offer 40 affordable apartments for seniors and 10 condominium apartments.

  • Our View: Let county parks board know what its priorities should be

    These days we can get inundated with surveys via telephone, mail and email. Of course many are not really important – in fact they are thinly disguised advertising for a product or political candidate.

    One survey that we think is important for Perry Countians to fill out, though, is the Perry County Parks Department’s community questionnaire for input on what to include in its upcoming five-year master plan.

  • Our View: Slowpokes get raw deal in new Indiana driving law

    What kind of lawmakers pass legislation that penalizes law-abiding citizens in an effort to ease the angst of lawbreakers?

    Our kind, apparently.

    Come July 1, it will be illegal in Indiana for slower motorists, even those for whom “slow” is the legal speed limit, to drive in the left lane if faster-moving traffic wants to pass.

  • Limit screen time this summer

    Now that school is out and summer break is here, many Perry County youngsters will look to alternate ways to spend their time. “I’m bored!” is a phrase parents and caregivers often hear, especially as the weeks pass.

  • Schools’ summer lunch programs, full-meal deal

    Attention parents, kids and caregivers: starting next week, local schools will kick off summer meal programs. 

    The closing days of the school year are always an exciting time for kids as they prepare for summer fun. But for many, the break can be hectic as it also comes with a lot of activities, running from here to there and leaving little time to prepare home-cooked meals.

  • Take time to observe the spirit of Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is approaching and we hope Perry Countians will commit a portion of the upcoming long weekend to recalling the heroism of the men and women who gave their lives in service to our land.

    Unfortunately, Memorial Day risks being crowded out by so many other activities: graduations, vacations, even auto racing. We know the first summer holiday is a busy time for everyone, but we encourage individuals and families to honor fallen and living veterans.