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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trump not the first ‘America First’ promoter

    Firstly, I am writing in response to a pro-Trump letter from a young man named (Tim) Kloeppel, a 2011 graduate of Perry Central, originally from St. Croix. It is stated he will attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in August, (letter appeared in the July 7 edition.) This poor soul is incredibly confused.

    He is writing about the America First Committee and one of its leaders, Charles Lindbergh. Trump is stating that he wants to put America first. What was the America First Committee? Who was Charles Lindbergh?

  • Indiana’s first paper published in Vincennes

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perrycountynews.com

     

    Ever since the News was named this year’s Schweizer Fest business of the year, I’ve been trying to research as much as a can about the history of the paper. We pat ourselves on the back with our editorial on this page.

    Jess Cohen with the Vincennes Sun-Commercial penned this story on Indiana’s first paper,  published in Vincennes in 1804 by an enterprising business owner named Elihu Stout.

  • Keeping our students safe

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Guest Columnist

     

    Another school year is underway for students, parents and educators across Indiana. Our house is now quieter with our sixth-grader, two high school sophomores and college freshman all heading back to the classroom.

    My wife also returned to school as the librarian, which I always admire, even if it does leave me feeling a bit left out.

    We can all take extra steps to ensure our students are safe throughout the school year.

  • Thank you, Perry County Chamber of Commerce

    I want to publicly thank the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors for selecting me as the first recipient of their Outstanding Citizenship Award. It was a surprise and I am deeply humbled by the receipt of this prestigious award.

    My philosophy has always been to be involved in my community. I will continue doing that until I can no longer provide any services or help to my county.

    Thanks again, Chamber, and also a big thanks to its executive director, Lagina Gogel.

     

    LOUIE HEITKEMPER

  • Events kicked off school year in style

     

    On behalf of the Cannelton, Perry Central and Tell City-Troy Township Schools, we would like to thank all the individuals, organizations and businesses that contributed to the success of this year’s back to school cookouts.  The turnouts were greatly supported countywide by thousands of students and families.

    Everyone enjoyed getting together with their friends, teachers and other Perry County families to kick off the new school year during these annual fun events.  

  • Kids Fest a success in Cannelton

    On behalf of Cannelton Elementary School, I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the success of our Kids Fest on Aug. 2.