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Today's Opinions

  • Tell City’s big week is here; we have a lot to celebrate

    Schweizer Fest is here and we know it’s going to be a great week. As we write this on a Friday, we continue to hear rave reviews of the Schweizer Fest production of “Mary Poppins.” That show wrapped up Sunday afternoon.

    Thanks to everyone involved in its success.

    Schweizer Fest, as nearly everyone knows, marks the Swiss-German heritage of the city. It also recognizes the daring and determination of the first 1858 settlers who cleared – quite literally with their hands and pick axes – a future for themselves and following generations

  • 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.

  • Perry County had big role in state’s early coal history

    Andrea Neal

    Guest Columnist

     

    Coal is to Indiana what oil is to Texas. Since the mid 1800s, it’s been the fuel that powers the Hoosier economy. 

    “We get 85 percent of our energy from coal,” explained Indiana Coal Council President Bruce Stevens. “That’s huge because Indiana is the No. 1 manufacturing state in the nation.”    

  • County government should be transparent

    This letter is in reference to the article in the July 27 issue of the Perry County News, in which the Perry County Council is seeking input in the hiring process as it pertains to job openings within the courthouse offices.

    I am in complete agreement with Councilwoman Jody French that there should be guidance and standards in place for the hiring process and open reviews done to determine if the positions should remain full-time, have the hours reduced or done away with completely.

  • Honoring a fallen hero

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    A man in the Netherlands is trying to locate relatives of a Troy man killed in World War II. With today’s issue of News going to every household, I hope someone will soon be sending an overseas email.

    I may have mentioned Nowy van Hedel’s request in a column some time ago, but the 30-year-old Dutch man recently sent another email explaining what he has learned about Clifford M. Mills, and the battle in which he and more than 8,000 other U.S. men were killed.

  • Resident opposed to proposed safety tax

    Buried on page 5A of the July 30 edition of the Perry County News is an article indicating the Perry County Council wants to circumvent the property-tax cap by assessing a .25-percent income tax to fund “public safety” expenses.

    The state imposed a property tax cap for an excellent reason – to relieve all property owners of excessive taxation. Immediately after enacting the law, local politicians and school districts contrived to circumvent the law through referendums and other schemes. Remember the tax fight we had with the local school district?  

  • Veterans, know where get assistance

    Greetings all veterans and families. Just a short note to say hello and hope all is well. I know the glass if half full. I went to Mass and Father Brian said, “ It’s a nice morning” I told him that the Indians would say, “It’s a good day to die.”

    Now, to get to the point. If any of you vets are having health issues and need help from the VA you do have resources.

    Yes, your DD-214 is a must. If you don’t know where or when you misplaced it see Wayne Hubert at the Perry County Courthouse.

  • Parish thanks football team for help

    Many thanks to members of the Tell City Marksmen football team for helping move pews back into our church in time for our church picnic Sunday, July 26.

     

    The Rev. Brian Esarey

     

    Pastor, St. Augustine Catholic Church, Leopold