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Letters

  • LETTER: United Way Day of Caring touched many

    United Way of Perry County would like to take this opportunity to thank the youth, youth group leaders and various businesses and agencies of the community for taking part in this year's successful "Day of Caring" Nov. 6.

    Youth groups joined forces to paint, stain, exercise animals, wash windows, clean, weed and clear trails at designated locations across the county. The free labor provided by our volunteers saved our local nonprofits many maintenance dollars and numerous hours of valuable time.

  • LETTER: Community foundations have huge impact

    During the week of Nov. 12-18, the Perry County Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America for Community Foundation Week. For more than 20 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

    During the week, Perry County Community Foundation encourages everyone to celebrate National Philanthropy day, Nov. 15, by giving thanks and paying it forward.

  • LETTER: “Right-to-Work?” Corporatist euphemism

    I’m hearing a lot about the urgency of Indiana’s becoming a “right-to-work” state.

    What a dulcet phrase! Everyone these days hungers to get or keep a job.

    But “right-to-work” is a euphemism for “right-to-employ-(or-fire)-at-will.” The company becomes the unchecked power. Any worker protections gained since Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive days are “disappeared” like Third-World dissidents.

    As a public-school teacher of 21 years I am familiar with such double-speak.

  • LETTER: Will Right to Work benefit District 74?

    One of my interim study committee assignments is serving on the Committee on Employment Issues. This group is studying two key issues: Right to Work and Project Labor Agreements. We have conducted three full days of hearing from all perspectives: union leaders and members, business leaders, economic developers and site selectors.

    Right-to-work legislation means that an employee cannot be required to join a union or to pay union dues in order to hold a job. It does not decertify nor has it been found to cause decertification of unions.

  • LETTER: Volunteers needed for local Junior Achievement programs in schools

    If you have been thinking about volunteering for Junior Achievement, now’s your chance.

    Each year, Junior Achievement recruits business professionals, parents, retirees and college students to serve as volunteers to go into schools and teach JA programs.

    These volunteers use their personal experiences and JA’s curricula to teach students different aspects of economics, including how a community works, how to manage personal finances or even how to run a business.

  • LETTER: The history behind Indiana’s ‘Moon Trees’

    Standing on the 200 block of 15th street in Tell City, you wouldn’t notice anything unusual. The Forest Service office stands on the east side and there is a fence surrounding the compound. Behind the fence stand two sweetgum trees huddled together. They are much like the others you see all over town and throughout the Hoosier National Forest.

  • LETTER: Perry County needs animal-control officer

    I’m writing in regard to an article in the Sept. 5 issue of The Perry County News concerning an animal-control ordinance.

    However this letter is not about the ordinance, I’m just expressing my opinions on some of the statements made.

    First of all, Jim Carter would never purposely mislead the public concerning animal welfare. If there is confusion or misunderstanding, ask him and he will explain.

  • LETTER: CHS student a model of student leadership

    Many thanks to Mikah Hemmings, a sophomore at Cannelton High School, for her efforts in planning and executing a service-learning project to clean up the landscaping around the William Bennett Early Learning Center and its bump-outs along Washington Street in Cannelton.

    We also appreciate the following individuals and companies who assisted in this fully donated effort:  Ralph Terry and Special-T Lawn Service, Tell City Wal-Mart, The Green House, Family Roots Nursery, Jewel James, Scott Hemmings and Cheop of Jasper.

  • LETTER: Campaign signs and churches shouldn’t mix

    It is that time of year again when lawns sprout thin-legged signs and highway berms are decorated with banners and encouragement to vote for this or that candidate. Our newspapers and television screen are covered in vitriolic partisanship. It sometimes feels like our democracy has been overrun by the demons of darkness so as to discourage the average citizen from voting.

  • LETTER: Let homeschooled kids join sports teams

    Recently, the son of a friend of mine was denied access to our high-school sports programs because the teen is homeschooled. I feel that this is not only unfair but also possibly unconstitutional. It is the law in 10 states that the home-schooled be permitted to participate in public school sports.