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Editorials

  • Indiana’s teacher evaluations not working

    As we have seen with the continuing struggle to replace the hated ISTEP, members of the Indiana education establishment has difficulty with the whole testing concept — what to test, how to test it, what to do with the results.

    Now it appears they even have trouble testing the teachers who give the tests. Indiana lawmakers put the a statewide evaluation system in place in 2011 with the goal of raising expectations for teachers to keep improving their performance. It was also supposed to identify teachers in need of improvement or removal from the classroom.

  • Make farmers markets part of your summer

    Tell City’s twice-weekly farmers markets are underway and we hope more Perry Countians will take advantage of the opportunity to purchase locally raised fruits, vegetables and other products.

    The markets are held every Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m., and every Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. The first few events drew several people and vendors selling vegetables, crafts and bedding plants.  But we still hear that many residents don’t  know the markets are taking place or don’t know they are being held at the Tell City Depot.

  • A clean city and a clean conscience

    A dollar is a dollar and most of us avoid wasting even one. But shame on those who swindle the city out of a trash tag just to save a buck.

    As we’ve reported several times over the past year or two, the city faces a growing problem of people who either refuse to tag their trash bags or who cut tags in half, then try to finagle the tags so it appears there is a full tag on the bag.

    The city catches violators and charges them the full buck. We’d suggest a fine.

  • United Way deserves the community’s support

    United Way of Perry County’s yearly campaign is in full swing and once again your help is needed to make it a success. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $130,000 for support groups that provide important services in our community, but the Indiana Association of United Ways is offering to match new and increased gifts. That means up to another $20,000 to help build our community and make Perry County a better place to live and work.

  • Staff deserves credit for making News successful

    We don’t normally toot our own horn on these pages, but since the Perry County News was named the Perry County Business of the Year by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce at the Schweizer Fest last week, we think this is an appropriate time to salute some of the people who helped us earn this award.

    We have a mix of longtime and fairly new employees on our staff, but nearly all of them live in and are active in the Perry County community.

  • An eyesore unworthy of Tell City’s Swiss spirit

    It was a showdown of sorts on Seventh Street a few weeks ago. Carolyn Barr stood in the front yard of the dilapidated Obrecht House, barring city officials from looking inside.

    Her attorney had already said the News couldn’t go inside. Though disappointed, we acknowledged the house is private property. City employees, among them the police chief, had no warrant so they milled around a little and went back to City Hall for their meeting on what to do with Barr and her home.

  • Improving public safety requires cooperation

    It wasn’t much of a shock to hear more than one county council member say during their Thursday regular session that their plans for public safety tax money is prioritized. The acknowledgments came amid a heated discussion that ensued with crews that staff local fire departments, ambulances and first responders after the council decided to earmark nearly $75,000 for a new sheriff’s deputy, patrol, jail officer and the associated benefits for the employees.

  • 911 callers, stick to the facts

    With much banter about protocols for police officers, citizens can do a lot to help reduce stressors. A main point would come from accurate reporting of possible dangerous or criminal activity.

    For example, last Monday, July 18, an autistic client of an assisted living facility in North Miami, Fla. escaped the safety of the facility. An employee, Charles Kinsey, pursued the 23-year-old client in an attempt to return him to the home. 911 was called, and dispatchers were told a man was in the middle of the street with a gun, threatening suicide.

  • Parish closings would hurt people, communities

    News that some of Perry County’s Catholic parishes may eventually close under a consolidation plan under consideration by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis came as a shock to many over the past week.

  • Choosing Pence as running mate would not help Trump’s chances

    Mike Pence may not run for re-election as Indiana’s governor after all. Instead, he could run for vice president as Donald Trump’s running mate.

    Pence is reportedly among the finalists that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is considering as his running mate and recently met with Trump about that prospect.