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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: The squirrel knows best

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire Friday. I made a quick truck to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.

  • EDITORIAL: Thinking about suicide? Reach out

    It’s difficult to understand how anyone could make the decision that death is their best option.

    Three people killed themselves in Perry County the weekend of Sept. 24-25. As is our policy, we reported only the one that occurred in a public place and prompted the responses of rescue agencies.

    It is easy to view suicide as a final solution to temporary problems. Through that perspective and in view of the multitudes of people who would step up to help if they could, we can’t fathom anyone feeling they would be better off dead.

  • COLUMN: ‘Drive’ is stylish, weird, unexpected

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Reviewer

    Every now and then something great happens in Hollywood. An interesting director makes enough great films overseas and he’s given a modest budget and a little star power and he gets to make whatever he wants out of a film. And then that film ends up playing on the big screen in an area as small as Perry County. I sat back unbelieving Sunday night as I watched Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film, “Drive” and witnessed one of the best films of the year … and I didn’t have to drive an hour to see it.

  • LETTER: Let homeschooled kids join sports teams

    Recently, the son of a friend of mine was denied access to our high-school sports programs because the teen is homeschooled. I feel that this is not only unfair but also possibly unconstitutional. It is the law in 10 states that the home-schooled be permitted to participate in public school sports.

  • COLUMN: Space junk ‘probably’ won’t hit you, NASA predicts

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    Helmets for sale! Get yours before NASA’s six-and-a-half-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite plunges to Earth, probably in your neck of the world!

    A report by Clara Moskowitz, senior writer for space.com, posted Tuesday at Yahoo News, said the former climate probe, now space junk, has been slowly losing altitude since 2005 and “will make a final uncontrolled plunge through Earth’s atmosphere” the last week of this month.

  • COLUMN: Plan now for autumn fun

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Visiting my parents late last week, I caught an unmistakable smell of fall – recently harvested corn.

    If freshly mowed grass is a harbinger of spring, combines at work prove it’s autumn.

    My brothers and other farmers have begun harvesting early-planted corn and while they won’t begin full-scale shelling of corn for a few weeks, the approach of harvest season is something I find exciting.

  • EDITORIAL: Animal-control rules need to be fair but have teeth

    We commend county officials, members of an ordinance-draft committee and Perry Countians with a deep concern for animals for their work crafting a set of animal-control regulations. As we’ve reported repeatedly, and as late as Thursday, work on the ordinance continues.

    We believe the ordinance, once tweaked, will serve the interests of animals, their caretakers and the taxpaying public.

  • LETTER: Miss Schweizer Fest looking for support

    My name is Kristin Nicole Truelove and you may know me from several different events and activities in the community. I graduated from Perry Central, where I participated in cheerleading for six years. I was involved in National Honor Society, German and art clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Fine Arts academic team and Spell Bowl. I have probably served you at our local McDonald’s in the past and my most recent employer was our very own ThysseenKrupp Waupaca. Lastly, you may know me as your 2010 Schweizer Fest Queen.