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Today's Opinions

  • Although devious, poison ivy can be controlled

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I’ve noticed more poison ivy this year then I recall in previous years.  Maybe I am more observant or maybe the farm is just weedier.  Either way, it makes people nervous.  I am not particularly allergic to this devious vine but Andy, my husband, will blister like being burned by fire whenever he comes into contact with it. 

  • We need both insiders and outsiders in Congress

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

    There’s one very important category, though, that I never hear discussed: whether a member wants to be an inside player or an outside player. Yet where members fall on the continuum helps to shape the institution of Congress.

  • Property-tax relief for farmers

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Agriculture is the backbone of Indiana’s economy, providing nearly 245,000 Hoosier jobs and $4.7 billion in exports each year.

    In order to support this vital industry and the jobs it provides, the General Assembly enacted Senate Enrolled Act 436, a new law that freezes the assessment of property taxes on farmland.

  • ‘Are we there yet?’

    Brittany Overstreet

    Staff Writer

     

    It’s not a family vacation without the four words, “are we there yet” a few dozen times. When on my way to Panama City Beach though, I just put in my headphones, think happy thoughts and it’s not so bad.

    Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending seven amazing days vacationing with my boyfriend and his family. When a lot of people hear PCB, spring break and crazy high school kids usually seems to be the first thing that comes to mind.

  • Pope’s encyclical encourages stewardship

    Last week, Pope Francis, in a sweeping papal encyclical, called for a political, economic and personal transformation aimed at confronting climate change and related environmental concerns.

    The much-anticipated encyclical, titled “Laudato si: On the Care of our Common Home,” is a strong call to stewardship of the environment and responsibility for our neighbors. It is a significant invitation to care for creation through swift action, not only to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, but to all people.

  • Annual Colors of Hope 5K run was a success

    The Colors of Hope 5K was held Saturday, May 30. Perfect weather and an enthusiastic crowd of runners and walkers helped create a very successful family-fun event hosted by New Directions Health & Fitness Club.

    We’d like to thank Teri James and Relay For Life for once again partnering with us. Along with her support and the support of others, we were able to make a sizeable donation to the American Cancer Society once again this year.

  • A home of your own

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Perry County needs more homeowners and there are resources available to help people purchase a home of their own. It’s also a good time to purchase a first home.

    Gov. Mike Pence issued a proclamation last week marking June Home Homeownership Month. The proclamation was delivered by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who was joined by members of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity of Indiana.

  • ‘Jurassic World’ is a perfect blend of old and new

    Eric Harris

    FilmReview

     

    The “Jurassic Park” franchise has always had an interesting relationship with the concept of time. The basic premise, dinosaurs from millions of years ago recreated for modern times, is definitely about time and whether or not certain things belong in different eras. Now the franchise itself faces that question after two lackluster sequels. Does “Jurassic World” have a place in the movie world? After a historic box office weekend, the answer is definitely “Yes.”