Today's Opinions

  • Throw the bums out




    “Throw the bums out!” - a term commonly used in American politics when a group of elected officials is so bad that the damage they cause can only be stopped by replacing the entire group.

    On Aug. 12 the Perry County Council held a public meeting to discuss the possibility of levying a public safety tax of up to .25 percent of taxable income on Perry County residents.  I was one of about 50 citizens that attended, and one of a dozen or or more that spoke.

  • Asian lady beetle infestations stem from the sunny south side

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


  • Church grateful for street-fair support

    Evangelical United Church of Christ members and church council wish to thank everyone who came to our first 10th Street Fall Fair Sept. 19. We were blessed with a beautiful day to benefit four great organizations, Crisis Connection, Perry County Food Coalition, Weekend Backpack program and the Perry County Council on Aging.

    Many thanks to these organizations and the Fostering Hope group that had information booths to help educate the community on the amazing work they do.

  • An education in empathy




    A quick scan of Indiana’s headlines shows teenagers either in or behind the crosshairs of violence. On Oct. 23, a 16-year-old Fort Wayne girl and her 21-year-old brother were fatally shot just one day after their 20-year-old brother met the same fate.

    In July, an Indianapolis teen was sentenced to 55 years in prison for the 2014 murder of a young father-to-be, a crime the teen committed when he was 16.

  • Community support of village impressive

    Once again, we find ourselves awed by the number of generous hardworking people in Perry and Hancock counties.

    The Shubael Little Pioneer Village had another successful open house Oct. 17-18. Approximately 100 volunteers worked to host over 1,200 guests who enjoyed reliving life in the 1850s on to the end of the century.

  • Enjoy life: eat a burger

    Zane Clodfelter

    Guest Columnist


    If you didn’t see this in the news on Monday, let me take this opportunity to add to the list of unnecessary worries in your life.

    The World Health Organization released a report that detailed the link between eating meat and cancer.

    Clearly I’ve eaten one or two cheeseburgers in my lifetime, or this week, so this news was depressing to say the least.

  • Let’s give new tax a chance

    How tight is Perry County’s budget?

    At the recent annual budget hearings Brad Franzman, President of the Perry County Parks & Recreation Department’s board of directors proposed a raise for the county recreation director.

    Instead, the county council suggested doing away with that position and outsourcing the mowing of the county’s parks, “not understanding that’s not all our director does,” said Franzman.

  • Sustaining dual credit programs for high school students

    Erin Houchin

    State Senate District 47


    Indiana’s extensive dual credit opportunities provide many benefits for high school students throughout the state. By completing dual credit courses, students can earn high school and college credits simultaneously. These courses are taught by high school or college educators either at high schools, colleges or universities, or in an online setting.