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Today's Opinions

  • State superintendent of public instruction addresses ISTEP concerns

    Glenda Ritz

    Superintendent ofPublic Instruction

     

    As you know, 2015 ISTEP results were recently released. The Spring 2015 version of ISTEP measured student progress on the new college and career ready Indiana Academic Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards, which were first taught during the 2014-15 school year, represent higher-level thinking skills. The results of the new ISTEP test reflect an increase in expectations regarding students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • Duck tape - the wonder tool

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    First, being upfront, I wish I owned stock in the company or companies that manufacture and sell duck tape (or is it duct tape?). However, I don’t.

    Like many folks, I use duck tape for many things, and others use if for many purposes most people would never think of. There are even websites touting the varied uses. Some are very practical. Some are just plain crazy.

  • Kleeman: Thanks for 39 years of support

    Jan. 1 marked my first day being retired from Lincoln Hills Development Corp. after a 39 year career, including 35 years as chief executive officer.

  • Still uninsured? Get help

    Are you working hard at a job that doesn’t provide health insurance? Tired of being worried sick about what a visit to the doctor might cost?  Know someone drowning in medical bills?

    If any of this hits home, there is help.  

    This year alone, a record-breaking more than 8.6 million people have enrolled or had their coverage renewed,

    through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Demand is high because people are eager to take advantage of all the cost savings available to them to get insured.

  • 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.