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Today's Opinions

  • Politics going out of redistricting?

    Here’s the best news we’ve heard from the General Assembly in a while: It looks like Hoosier lawmakers at least will consider putting a citizen commission in charge of the once-a-decade process of redrawing legislative district boundaries. That would end the practice of gerrymandering, in which the party in power draws district lines not for the common good but to strengthen its own chance of retaining incumbency.

  • Salvation Army proud to be local United Way partner

     

    The Salvation Army Perry County Service Extension unit is proud to be a United Way of Perry County partner. The primary goal of The Salvation Army Service Extension program is to provide emergency financial assistance to people in need throughout the community.

    The funds allocated to our program by the UWPC, combined with other money raised through our kettle fund-raising campaign, allow our local office to offer financial assistance for basic needs such as medical, food, energy, rent, and transportation expenses.

  • Propagating trees from seeds can be a challenge

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Some plants are prolific; some are not. Dandelion seed floats through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer; hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk.

    Woody plants can be a bit more elusive. I have never seen a Serbian spruce spring forth from a fallen cone nor an apple tree emerge from rotten fruit beneath its canopy. Starting woody plants from seed can be tricky.            

  • Calling all fourth-graders

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Guest Columnist

     

    Throughout this bicentennial year, we are celebrating Indiana’s rich history through events, festivals and a statewide torch relay. Hoosiers of all ages have helped commemorate our state’s 200th birthday.

    Another way our young ones can get involved this historic year is by taking part in the Statehood Day essay contest.

  • Patriotism and the national anthem

    I have been interested by the flurry of highly emotional and outraged responses to Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem. And while at one time I might have agreed with the News’s editorial on the subject (“National anthem not the time to stage protests,” Sept. 12), at this time I find it necessary to explain why I no longer do.

  • A time for everything

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    Sadly, I won’t be able to travel far for a vacation anytime soon. Recent days (or the occasional week)  away from work have meant working somewhere else.

    I used to not mind the lack of real down time but the approach of upper middle age – I turn 50 next year – has made me realize I need to find better balance in my life and with that realization comes the dream of just getting away from everything, maybe for a few weeks or maybe for longer.

  • Kenny Rowe is an example of civic responsibility

    A special thank you goes to Kenny Rowe. Every morning I am on my front porch and around 6:15 a.m., Kenny Rowe faithfully walks by with his grocery bag in his hand.

    He is out getting some exercise but also takes the time to pick up the trash so many people throw on our streets. Our city looks better because of his efforts and it is something we should emulate.

     

    Ken Roland

    Tell City

  • Serving our veterans

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

     

    District 74

     

    The summer and fall months provide legislators the opportunity to study issues facing. Later this month, the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs will meet to examine and review ways to better serve our veterans.