Today's Opinions

  • Children need permanent families

    Thousands of Hoosier children live in some type of foster care setting. In time, many will be reunited with their biological parents. Some, however, never will. Adoption can give these children lasting new families.

    At the same time, there are women in Perry County today struggling with unplanned or crisis pregnancies. Sadly, some will turn to abortion. Adoption, however, offers them an alternative. Too few consider it, however. It’s our responsibility to change that.

  • United Way’s Youth Day of Caring another big success


    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 “Youth Day of Caring” Sunday, Nov. 1.

    Youth groups joined forces to paint, wash windows, rake, clean, weed, clean out landscaping and clear trails at designated locations across the county. The free labor provided by our volunteers saved our local non-profits many maintenance dollars and numerous hours of valuable time.  

  • Sisters of St. Benedict to welcome Christkindlmarkt guests

    FERDINAND – The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand have announced their Monastery Event Hall is an official Christkindlmarkt site for 2015. Nearly 40 vendors will have their hand-made creations and foods on display and St. Ferdinand Knights of Columbus will serve food. Christkindlmarkt is Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All times are Eastern.

  • Wild turkey increasingly popular Thanksgiving treat

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales


    There is considerable difference between the wild turkey probably eaten at the first Thanksgiving meal and the tame bird found on most holiday tables these days.

    The bird most of us have with stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie was once closely related to the wild bird, but now hardly represents a distant cousin.

  • Dividing issues quantified in local election results

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer


    The voters’ decisions marked in the outcomes of recent elections is evidence of our citizens’ true views on local hot-topic issues.

    The term “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” seems to be an acceptable summary of a few recent letters submitted to the News. Amid the public outcries against new taxes, something contrary took place.

  • Winter’s checklist part 1: Preparing gardens for winter

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year; things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.

  • Houchin reports on Organization Day at the Indiana Statehouse

    Erin Houchin

    State Senate District 47


    On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Indiana General Assembly will convene at the Statehouse for the ceremonial start of the 2016 legislative session. “Organization Day,” as it’s commonly referred to, provides legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff, and begin discussing legislative topics.

  • Businesses warned against new telephone scams

    Lloyd Arnold

    District 74 State Rep.


    All utility customers should be on alert. Posing as customer-service representatives from Duke Energy, scammers are calling businesses to warn them that their electric service will be disconnected unless they make immediate payment.