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Today's Opinions

  • Tackle meth demand first

    MICHAEL HICKS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Indiana’s current policy debate about methamphetamine restrictions offers a window into the myriad failures of our War on Drugs and the shallow thinking accompanies almost all our fixes. It is probably best to begin with a description of the problem.

  • Daughters of Isabella had successful raffle

    The Daughters of Isabella would like to thank the following merchants for their support in making our annual raffle a success:

  • Fighting the winter blahs

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Winter has left me sleepy. Maybe the lack of sunlight is to blame for my missing energy. Or perhaps it’s simply a bout of mild depression after the holidays or the cold that makes me want to stay under the covers some mornings.

    I’m not like this the rest of the year. I could fault old age or what seems to be a sense of constant exhaustion. But I blame winter.

  • Teachers deserve more respect

    Recently released Indiana Statewide Testing For Educational Progress scores saw the dire predictions of many educators come to pass. The 2015 test, plagued by technical issues, more rigid standards and a truncated timetable for preparation saw just more than half of Hoosier students pass this year’s test, down from 74 percent last year.

  • As winter settles in, its either a warm fire or smoky chimney

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The fire season has finally started – in the fireplace, that is. Early winter was so mild I wasn’t sure if we would be in need of some extra warmth. Last week’s frigid temperatures changed all that and we have the wood stacked and sorted for easy access as we lay a fire for the evening.

    However, not all wood is created equal if you plan to use it for warmth in the fireplace.

  • Things are booming and life is good in Derby

    As we roll into 2016, I’m going to take a minute to reflect on our past year here in Derby.

    Our small community continues to grow in astonishing ways. A new housing development was done by Rural Land Inc., named Derby Heights, that offers unrivaled views of the Ohio River and wonderful lots that adjoin USFS providing more great opportunities for families to build their future in Derby.

  • Blue Collar bargain - A victim of bad policy

    DONDALD NEWELL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    I fully expected to write an article about the Paris Agreement on controlling greenhouse gas emissions to reduce climate change. I didn’t, not because there was no agreement (there was, for any of you that missed the participants’ self-congratulatory press releases), but rather because it was meaningless. It contains no binding commitments, no agreement on verification or enforcement, and no penalties for non-compliance.

  • 2016 legislative priorities

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Indiana House District 74

     

    As a new year begins so does a new legislative session. In 2016, we will tackle many issues and challenges to keep Indiana growing and on the right track.