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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Making Perry County home

    By ANDY HOLLINDEN
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: This is the latest in an occasional series of columns from people who have moved to Perry County or residents who grew up here, moved away and have returned. Today’s columnist, Andy Holliden, is a Tell City native who has returned with his family.

  • COLUMN: Disgust with disability cheats

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I watched with great interest a “60 Minutes” story Oct. 6 about the abuse and overspending of public money on federal disability programs.

    CBS journalist Steve Kroft profiled Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s work to ferret out fraud in disability programs. In case you didn’t know how large those programs have become in recent years, some 12 million people now get disability check from the government each month instead of holding down a job.

    That number is up 20 percent in the past six years alone.

  • EDITORIAL: State needs to make Kusher Hill safer for motorcyclists

    Kusher Hill is a dangerous place for motorcyclists and we wish something could be done to lessen the number of accidents on the picturesque but steep stretch of Indiana 66.

    Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Myers said it himself a few weeks ago after being called to a collision involving a husband and wife on a motorcycle. Every year he is called to a half dozen or more Kusher Hill crashes involving motorcyclists. “And that’s just me as a one deputy,” he said.

    State police and conservation officers handle other accidents.

  • COLUMN: It’s time for an intervention

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

    The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?

    Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches – reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget.

  • LETTER: This little piggy calls Dauby Lane home now

    I’ve seen a lot of things in the years that I have lived on Dauby Lane. We’ve got skunks and cats, runners and wannabe Daytona 500 drivers who roar up and down all night.

    All in all, it’s a pretty good mix; nothing really out of the ordinary for a semi-country road. That has changed in the past week though. A few days ago my wife spotted a feral pig.

  • LETTER: Helping United Way helps all of us

    As co-chair of the 2013 United Way of Perry County annual drive, I am very proud of our community and the willingness to make things happen. I feel people care and strive in helping make our county a better place to live.

    It is an honor and privilege to be co-chair on this special, commemorative anniversary of 40 years (strong) with United Way!

  • COLUMN: Generation Gap: Father Tom

    By THOMAS SIMPSON
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: The Perry County News is publishing a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School.

    The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students.

  • COLUMN: Seeds that stick

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    A quick trip into a corn field last week turned into a sticky situation I’ve yet to extricate myself from. It was more annoying and embarrassing than anything but it proves once again Mother Nature’s amazing abilities.