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Today's Opinions

  • OUR VIEW: A killer tornado is coming. Are you prepared?

    This Friday will mark the 41st anniversary of the April 1974 outbreak of tornadoes that tore across several U.S. states. Nearly 150 tornadoes killed 319 people that day, including two citizens in Perry County. Those of us old enough still have vivid memories of that day.

    As another spring ushers in warmer temperatures, the likelihood of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes grows. Severe Weather Preparedness Week was held earlier in the month and served as a reminder to all of us to be on alert for severe weather.

  • Newspapers keeps communities informed

    I like newspapers.  I guess it started way back when I was a paperboy with Jerry and Dean Hagedorn. You know, back when your carrier was a kid.

    Maybe it was when I worked during my high- school years in the News’ production room with Ralph Alvey and Gary Hubert. I still like to pop in and smell the paper and ink.

    Anyway, I know I can get national and world news crazy fast through television and the Internet, but I still trust and depend on the Perry County News for local news – the stuff that really matters to me, my family and friends.

  • Retired teachers group to share information on scams at April 7 public meeting

    The local Indiana Retired Teachers Association’s April 7 meeting, to be held at the Patio restaurant, will be a special one.

    A member of the Tell City Police Department will present information on scams, especially those that target the elderly, and how to avoid being a victim. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.

    There will be an opportunity for questions afterwards. There will also be information available to take home with you on this topic, as well as for identity theft.

  • Good shepherd cares for animals, community

    This letter is in regards to a Perry County citizen who has went above and beyond when it comes to helping animals in need. This person has almost daily, through all hours, saved countless lives with no expectations or monetary gain. She has toiled  in rain, snow and freezing temperatures.

    I have received numerous thanks for helping people through the Humane Society, but I do not even come close to the difference this person has made for our county.

  • Who will benefit from state’s religious freedom bill? Lawyers

    DAVE BANGERT

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s Note: The column, published in the  (Lafayette) Journal and Courier, was written before last week’s signing by Gov. Mike Pence of the state’s religious freedom legislation.

    Editor’s Note: The column, published in the  (Lafayette) Journal and Courier, was written before last week’s signing by Gov. Mike Pence of the state’s religious freedom legislation.

     

     

  • Far too few HIV answers

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Most journalists working on stories are accustomed to not having some phone calls returned. It’s hard to believe, I know, but some people don’t want to talk with reporters or editors. Sometimes it’s because the news spotlight is on them and while almost everyone voices support for the press in principle, that admiration disappears sometimes when the news is about them. Other times, the lack of a callback is due to simple apathy or a lack of time.

  • The Supreme Court and same-sex marriage: Is the public ready?

    Rob Schwarzwalder

     

     

    Guest Columnist

    Recently Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg intoned that it “would not take a large adjustment” for Americans readily to accept a Court decision to affirm the “right” to same-sex marriage.

    “The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” she told interviewers with Bloomberg News.

  • Increasing public safety for vulnerable Hoosier children

    Erin Houchin

     

    District 47 State Senator

     

    Recently, the Indiana Senate passed legislation I sponsored that seeks to protect vulnerable and exploited minors in Indiana. House Bill 1216 would change state law so that children younger than 18 who are involved in prostitution as victims of human trafficking won’t be prosecuted.