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Today's Opinions

  • Potato planting time is here

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Guest editorial: Indiana dumps a problem on sheriffs

    House Bill 1006, which passed in 2015, was supposed to reduce prison crowding in Indiana by sending more low-level felons back to the counties where they were convicted.

    The idea was that the prisoners would be closer to their families, reducing the risk of recidivism after they finish their sentences.

    But it turns out that what the state was doing was creating enormous headaches for counties. While state prison beds were emptying, county jails were being filled beyond capacity and county budgets were being severely challenged.

  • Wanted: Legislative action on townships

    A recent story about charges being filed against a township trustee in Henry County for stealing taxpayer funds between 2013 and 2015 is unfortunately not surprising. It is yet another arrest in a long series of criminal incidents involving township employees that have occurred around the state.

    The Indiana Chamber first communicated on the topic of local government reform and ongoing abuses by township officials nearly 20 years ago. The fact that we still must do so today is depressing and unforgivable.

  • Trump’s $54 billion increase in military spending unwarranted

    President Donald Trump presented a budget outline last week that included a $54 billion increase in defense spending and an equivalent decrease in non-defense, discretionary spending. We think our nation would be better served by a budget doing the opposite in each of those areas.

    Trump said the nearly 10 percent increase in the military budget is needed “to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.”

    But our “depleted military” is a myth.

  • Be ready for severe weather

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Perry Countians will mark the 43rd anniversary of the April 1974 outbreak of tornadoes that tore across several U.S. states. Nearly 150 tornadoes killed 319 people that day, including two citizens in Perry County.

    Those of us old enough still have vivid memories of that day. Just last week tornadoes struck in nearby counties, including Dubois and Posey counties.

  • Space debris and life

    Jake Bethel

    Feature Writer

    lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    Millions of pieces of man-made debris – space junk – orbit the Earth as I begin to type this column. As your eyes dart from word to word, there are a myriad of objects, from portions of abandoned spacecrafts to tiny paint chips, traveling at 17,500 miles per hour around the planet.

  • Know your humane society

    First of all, we are not the animal shelter, but rather, a totally separate organization which sometimes works with the shelter on projects that have a common purpose. We receive no money from the county, state or any city. We are funded through our membership fees, only $5 per year, special events such as yard sales and through donations from generous individuals like you.

    We do not board animals and do not have animals for adoption. We do maintain a shelter which is used for short term care of animals in emergency situations.

  • Push for redistricting reform

    We should’ve known it would be too much to ask.

    How could a legislative committee chair balk at an opportunity to do the right thing by establishing an independent commission to create state and congressional maps, ultimately removing politics from the redistricting process?

    It’s easy when the political party in charge — Republican or Democrat — is intent on holding onto its power.