Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Generation Gap: Dale Jones

    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. Today’s column is by Bryon Reid, who profiles his grandfather, Dale Jones.

  • COLUMN: Explore county’s GIS


    I suspect not that many Perry Countians knew the name Roger Tomlinson before perhaps hearing news reports about his death Feb. 9.

    Called the father of geographic information systems, the UK-born geographer’s concept of overlaying layers of map data is used by many of us everyday, from the GIS mapping systems in our cars that guide us to our destinations to the hand-held devices that show us exactly where we are.

  • EDITORIAL: Farm bill yields big results for conservation

    Following three years of political jousting, the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly referred to as the farm bill, finally passed through the House and Senate and was signed by President Obama Feb. 7.

    And while this important omnibus bill certainly has flaws in some areas, we think it has merit in its preservation and strengthening of several key conservation programs, especially as it pertains to keeping Perry County’s water, soil and forests healthy.

  • Conservation can ease the propane shortage

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    Because of our harsh winter, which has affected all of us throughout Indiana and the Midwest in general, our state is facing a real propane crisis. I have been getting a number of calls regarding this shortage and how it is affecting our community.

    Recently the governor held a press conference with Lt. Gov.

  • Balancing liberty and security is a never-ending challenge

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government’s expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.

  • Catholic Charities in temporary new home


    In early January, the building that houses Catholic Charities suffered extensive damage due to water pipes bursting from the extreme cold that we experienced in our area.

    The resulting damage was severe enough that Catholic Charities had to temporarily relocate.

    Fortunately for us, Lincoln Hills Development Corp. had some office space that was not currently being utilized and agreed to let Catholic Charities move in for a few months.

  • Sidetracked by Siri


    Trina Severson

    Feature Writer

    lifestyles@perry countynews.com


    A few weeks ago, I was on my way to visit a friend in a neighboring town. It was my first time in the area, so, although his house would have been easy to find off the main highway I was traveling, I punched in the address on my phone’s maps feature and blindly began following its suggested course.

  • Perry Central School filled with special folks


    Perry County folks keep telling me that they enjoy reading my letters to the editor, so I’ll try to write when my time permits. I am very busy with my music concerts.

    After reading your interesting account of 1937 flood, my heart really went out to those fine folks in Perry County who had to endure that catastrophic disaster. God bless them.

    I am so happy that the late Edgar Etienne, then superintendent of the Perry Central schools, hired me to teach at Perry Central in the spring of 1965.