Today's Opinions

  • Resource officers a school essential

    While still in the planning stages, a unified effort among Perry County schools aiming to find funding for a shared school resource officer is a step in the right direction. Just as it has been for decades, school safety is a paramount goal for not only those overseeing programs but for parents too. As for kids, security has become the norm for students, so the addition of a guard wouldn’t likely be much of an intrusion for most; only to those in the wrong.

  • Respect for free press at risk


    Three excited young women appear strategically for TV shots behind President Donald Trump at the podium as he addresses a fervid campaign rally in an airport hangar outside Pittsburgh Saturday.

    They madly wave placards declaring “Women for Trump” and “Make America Strong Again” and jump up and down in pavlovian response to his cutting insults of the news media and whenever the crowd breaks out in chants of “CNN sucks!”

  • Politicians’ favorite words and phrases


    After more than 20 years in the journalism business, I’ve seen about every political message imaginable, from newspaper ads and 20-page manifestos to billboards and email blasts. I’ve moderated political forums that have ranged from the mild to the wild.

    On Election Day, I’ve collected everything from cards to combs, Emory boards to hand fans.

  • Donald Trump versus Adam Smith and tariffs

    Mark Franke

    Guest Columnist


    When I was a college freshman taking my first political theory class, my professor explained why some government policies are good (meaning popular) and others are scorned. The answer is simple: It depends on whose ox is being gored.

    Tariffs are exactly that kind of policy. In a free-trade environment, struggling domestic industries being undercut in price or otherwise losing market share to foreign imports see their oxen getting readied for the barbecue.

  • Fireflies’ shining state grace

    Leo Morris



    Those who worry about Indiana’s image in more enlightened sections of the country can relax a little now that one black mark on the state’s reputation has been erased: It is no longer one of only four states that do not have an official insect.

  • Mulch matters

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks. When done properly it can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature. These things can be achieved using a variety of materials, but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • Respecting diversity

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    It’s mid-Lent and I’ve been doing my very best to keep up the ages-old Christian tradition of marking the spiritual significance of Lent, the 40 days before Easter.

  • Perry Central’s Ransom positively impacted the lives of countless students

    With the recently announced retirement of Perry Central Athletic Director Bob Ransom, let us pause to recognize his decades of work and devotion to our schools and community.