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Today's Opinions

  • County leaders: Search for savings before adopting tax

    We were glad to learn the county council plans to wait some time before taking action on a public-safety tax. If adopted, Perry County workers could see an additional one-quarter of 1 percent deducted from their paychecks. That may not sound like much but as many Perry Countians know, every dollar counts.

  • Deposit bottle nostalgia should be common practice today

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    news@perry countynews.com Oh those trips of yesteryear, when kids rode in the back of station wagons or under the protection of the windowed spaceship that was in fact the family car’s hatchback.

    On select days, such short trips to the grocery often meant playing a make-shift musical number with the glass bottles destined for the store’s deposit racks.

  • Helping students with dyslexia

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Supporting and improving Indiana’s education system was a top priority for lawmakers during the 2015 legislative session. One part of this effort was crafting legislation aimed at supporting students with dyslexia.

    Dyslexia is a reading and learning disorder that affects 20 percent of American students. It primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent reading and spelling.

  • The buzz over rattlesnakes

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I have never been a real fan of snakes of any size, shape or color. But I have learned to coexist with them and to leave them alone as long as I’m left alone.

    That’s why I cringe when going through back issues of the News, mostly from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and come across photos of people holding dead timber rattlesnakes.

  • All-natural labels should mean just that

    It may be taking place halfway across the country, but a federal judge’s ruling on a milk-labeling issue could have impacts that reach Indiana.

    At the root of the debate is the argument that a natural product can’t be labeled as such because it doesn’t have additives. If you’re scratching your head, it’s probably because the idea is udderly ridiculous. But that’s exactly what is happening to a creamery in Florida.

  • On voting ... and not

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood. Which is all well and good, but it leaves out of the equation one large bloc of citizens: people who are eligible to vote, but don’t.

  • Promoting the safety of student athletes

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    With school in session, that means football season is right around the corner. As a father of four boys and a coach, I am constantly playing football.

    Whether it is in our backyard or at school, I always take the proper precautions while coaching to ensure the safety of every player on and off the field. With any sport, injuries can occur, so it is important we raise awareness about heat and other sports-related injuries affecting Hoosier athletes.

  • Ethanol increase could hurt boat motors

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    How you think and feel about ethanol in your gasoline probably varies depending on your perspective of the fuel additive.

    If you are a grain farmer, you likely have a different view than that of a boat owner, especially the perspective of  a boat owner with an older engine.

    The media relations folks at Yamaha recently put out information from their perspective about the current use of ethanol in gas and the desire of the feds to add even more per gallon.