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Today's Opinions

  • Getting down to the basics

    Getting down to the basics    

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    I was watching a movie the other night about the military and there were a few scenes that took place during basic training that reminded me of my first taste of the service many years ago. As I harkened back to my own Air Force basic training, I couldn’t help but laugh remembering some of the things I did and saw.

  • A strong newspaper for a strong community

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perrycountynews.com

     

    It’s not often that I can welcome myself into every home in Perry County. Today’s sample edition of the Perry County News allows me just that chance and I am going to take advantage of it to talk about the newspaper you’re holding and why, if you aren’t already, you should become a subscriber.

  • Spring’s arrival means crappie and morels

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    It’s been a tough winter, but with spring finally on the horizon, thoughts change from shoveling snow to catching crappie and hunting for morel mushrooms.

    Black morels should be making their way through deep woods leaves in the near future. I have found them as early as the last week in March, but that is rare. Early April usually marks their arrival.

  • Finding solutions to our county’s foster-care problems

    BETH HAUSER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The 2015 Leadership Perry County Class has worked hard to become more active leaders and make an impact in our community.

    The group has decided to select one of our projects as “Fostering Hope,” an awareness program for our county foster-care program. This article is the first in a series of articles that will delve into the details of the foster-care program. 

  • Don’t govern crisis to crisis

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress

     

    After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people.

    “We’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Congress, he said, would not lurch from crisis to crisis.

  • Indiana is losing too many veterans

    There is a crisis in Indiana and veterans are dying. Something needs to be done. Veterans, reservists and National Guard Hoosiers are an economic-development opportunity and deserve priority status by the state.

    Recently, the Associated Press did a story on this situation. Some legislators’ tempers flared because of advocacy efforts of the Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana. 

    Understandably, coalition veterans are disappointed that halfway of the legislative session, very little is moving to address the needs of veterans.

  • OUR VIEW: Honor our nation’s commitment to veterans

    In introducing the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Act, which offers mental-health services for all active duty, reserve and National Guard service members and was signed into law last year, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly noted that there is not “one solution, no cure-all to prevent military suicide. But this problem is not too big to solve.”

    Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, clearly is committed to identifying solutions. This month, he unveiled a trio of bills intended to reduce suicides among military personnel and veterans.

  • What’s wrong with a dog tax?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’ve been asked several times over the years about the animal-control issues facing Perry County. I’ve been shy about sharing my personal opinions because I’m not an “animal person.” I don’t have a dog or cat and while I would never abuse or condone the abuse of an animal, I don’t feel strongly about the issue.