Today's Opinions

  • Foliar diseases spread in wet weather

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    The wet summer so far has made for a great weed season and some soggy looking vegetable gardens!  Those that are part of the fungi family are having a real ball!  Gardeners are wondering about the toadstools popping up in their lawns; others are confounded by the stinky, phallic-looking things poking through their mulch, a mushroom commonly called the stinkhorn; and the slimy orange globs on cedar trees got many thinking aliens had landed in their landscape. 

  • Changing the high court would be overreacting

    People who usually revere the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution today are voicing doubts about whether the founders got it right with respect to the Supreme Court.

    The critics’ misgivings come in the wake of two decisions they disliked – the court’s recent upholding of the federal health-care law and, more divisively, the ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.

  • Forgiveness in Charleston

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Men and women who had every reason to voice hatred toward Dylann Roof, the accused Charleston, S.C., church shooter, instead forgave him when he appeared before them last month via a closed-circuit TV camera. Even before their family members’ funerals, with Emmanuel AME Church a crime scene, the loved ones of men and women killed in cold blood offered words of forgiveness.

  • Pence’s challenge to EPA: Good for Indiana or bad?




    On Wednesday, June 24, Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter to Barack Obama stating that if the EPA’s final Clean Power Plan was not “demonstrably and significantly improved” from the proposed plan the EPA issued on June 2nd, 2014, that Indiana would not comply with the rule. 

  • Lots of help made picnic a success

    St. Paul Church picnic 2015 is history. It was a warm, dry Sunday afternoon in the Park. If you didn’t come, you missed a lot of games for the kids,  adult games and good fellowship.

    You missed some good food, both in the air- conditioned Parish Hall or some tasty brats, burgers and dogs in the park.

    I must begin by thanking God for such a perfectly, nice summer picnic day.

  • Preparing for Indiana’s unpredictable storm season

    State Rep. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    With changing seasons comes unpredictable and sometimes dangerous weather in the Hoosier State. Severe weather can develop quickly, which is why it is important to be prepared and know when to take necessary safety precautions.

    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has developed a severe-weather- preparedness fact sheet to help families understand how to prepare before, during and after storms hit. Some key tips are listed below.


  • Just as salsa season nears, pepper blight returns

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    About 40 years ago, a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and has since spread as far as California and Florida. It’s in our midst, as well. The fungus in question causes phytophthora blight in peppers.

    Some refer to the sudden wilting of peppers as damping off, phytophthora root rot, crown rot or stem and fruit rot. Clearly, the fungus impacts the entire plant. I had a problem with this blight in my pepper patch and it seems as though it is back.

  • Cool It

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist


    Several years ago, I went to Indianapolis to visit my sister and her family. I don’t often have breaks during the summer because of the nature of my business. I own a lawn service and it is very difficult to get away during my busy season. It’s kind of like a schoolteacher’s job in reverse. I’m trapped in my county during the summer, but have the winters off.