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Today's Opinions

  • Bloated budgets, troops at risk

    Jonathan Bydlak

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    How much does the Department of Defense waste on overhead and outside contractors? Pentagon officials recently paid an outside consulting firm to find out.

    When the consultants put the figure at $125 billion, defense officials were scared Congress would cut their budget. So they tossed the multi-million-dollar report in the trash and hoped no one would find it.

  • Failure a part of business, Can-Clay no exception

    Can-Clay is Perry County’s own concept of too big to fail. It’s at the citizenry’s hands to bear the brunt of practices that help failing business survive when the market or poor business practices says its time to close.

  • Irish women roots of American progress

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perrycountynews.com

     

    If you’re a female artist of Irish ancestry who couples her HIIT regime with a balance of healthy eating, March is a great month. More than just St. Patrick’s Day, corned beef, and leprechauns, it’s never too late, or early for that matter, to indulge in the less traditional aspect of the history.

  • Balancing individual rights and the common good

    Alexander P. Orlowski

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    As Americans, we are united in the belief that all people have certain inalienable rights. Chief among these are, as President Thomas Jefferson penned, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    At the same time American values are also deeply rooted in a strong sense of community. This sentiment is reflected in our national motto: “E Pluribus Unum,” which means “out of many, one.”

  • Another anniversary in American history occurs in March

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    The roar tore through the night air like the wail of a thousand banshees as the Mexican army swarmed toward the walls of the old mission. The cannons barked, spitting blistering fire and heavy iron balls at the Texan defenders atop the battlements of the Alamo. 

  • Unnecessary HB 1024 offers protection that already exists

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist

     

    Religion in public school is an issue that pops up from time to time. Usually, it’s in a letter to the editor or a Facebook post claiming that there would be less bullying and violence if they allowed prayer in school.

  • Potato planting time is here

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Guest editorial: Indiana dumps a problem on sheriffs

    House Bill 1006, which passed in 2015, was supposed to reduce prison crowding in Indiana by sending more low-level felons back to the counties where they were convicted.

    The idea was that the prisoners would be closer to their families, reducing the risk of recidivism after they finish their sentences.

    But it turns out that what the state was doing was creating enormous headaches for counties. While state prison beds were emptying, county jails were being filled beyond capacity and county budgets were being severely challenged.