Today's Opinions

  • Schweizer Fest production of Mary Poppins promises to be a great show ... don’t miss it

    As I am sure you have seen or heard, Schweizer Fest is once again presenting a musical this year. Because 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the show,” Mary Poppins” was the perfect choice. Plans began last year when a director was needed, rights had to be secured, and gathering the minds of those who could make it happen had to take place.

    At this same time, those who are familiar on the Schweizer Fest stage began to get the itch to perform. It was time.

  • Let’s celebrate our schools




    Which school is better? I am often asked this question from friends and family. I suppose many get caught up in the rivalry and others see my connections with both school districts. 

  • Long-gone Adyeville chapel had rich history

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I made mention a couple of months ago of local historian Tony Collignon’s desire to find out more about a late-1800s Catholic chapel in the Adyeville area that went by the name of St. Jude Thaddeus. Tony had the dates of when he thought the chapel was open and he had shared emails with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, but he had no substantive information on the chapel. He did not have to wait long for an answer.

  • Our View: Troy Town Board: Don’t fall asleep at the wheel

    Just a few blocks from the rising Ohio River, Troy Town council members continue to paddle around their own turbulent waters. Meanwhile, residents and current and potential business interests are waiting, watching and taking note.

    The board – and town staff – have struggled through several challenges over the past year. In February, Bret Kleeman was appointed to replace John Mathena, who resigned in January.

  • Ivory apocalypse: Market needs more product

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer


    As an American, I have only seen elephants at the usual places and never knowingly held a piece of ivory in my hand. Honestly, it’s not a top-of-mind topic for me. So, maybe, I’m out of touch with the fever-pitch necessity surrounding crushing theme behind the eradication of the ivory trade.

    “We’re not only crushing ivory, we’re crushing the ivory market.” U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a recent demonstration.

  • ‘Magic Mike’ is back for a fun, drama-free, time

    Eric Harris

    Film Review


    It’s always interesting to watch a film that is not intended for you at all. This has been my experience with “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the first “Magic Mike.”

    Each time, I wasn’t watching the movies so much as I was conducting a social observation: what do women want in their movies?

    Most people think of romantic movies when they think of movies intended for women, but those movies are really meant for couples to watch.

  • Foliar diseases spread in wet weather

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    The wet summer so far has made for a great weed season and some soggy looking vegetable gardens!  Those that are part of the fungi family are having a real ball!  Gardeners are wondering about the toadstools popping up in their lawns; others are confounded by the stinky, phallic-looking things poking through their mulch, a mushroom commonly called the stinkhorn; and the slimy orange globs on cedar trees got many thinking aliens had landed in their landscape. 

  • Changing the high court would be overreacting

    People who usually revere the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution today are voicing doubts about whether the founders got it right with respect to the Supreme Court.

    The critics’ misgivings come in the wake of two decisions they disliked – the court’s recent upholding of the federal health-care law and, more divisively, the ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.