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Today's Opinions

  • Perry County’s Rome is my kind of town

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I was sorry to hear of the death of Eva Rose Miller of Rome. She passed away March 31, at the age of 81.

  • Classified forest tax breaks shouldn’t last forever

    We feel a sense of accomplishment when news stories generate comments and letters to the editor. That was the case after a front-page story earlier this year on an increase in the base valuation for classified forests.

    In case you missed the story, the state legislature passed and Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill increasing the assessed valuation of land in the classified forest program from $1 per acre to $13.29.

    Perry County is home to more than 59,000 acres of classified forest so the change affects a lot of people.

  • County needs to invest in EMS services

    Now that Perry County has a new public safety tax I think it is time for some long overdue improvements to our public safety. Residents of Perry County have done without adequate emergency ambulance service for too long.

    We have only one “on duty” ambulance crew for the entire county. This is far below the staffing levels of any nearby county and also far below the minimum needed for a county of this size and population.

  • Indiana agriculture steps up to the challenge

    Indiana Farm Bureau is known for grassroots policy positions - standing for something and working to make it happen. This approach has been true since our beginning in 1919 and was more evident than ever during the 2016 legislative session.

  • Keeping our veterans employed

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    One of the most rewarding parts of being the state representative for District 74 is seeing results from our work in the Indiana General Assembly. This week, I was pleased to see our efforts to better serve Hoosier veterans are continuing to pay off.

  • Memories of a career in education, music

    After being ill for about two and a half months, I feel really super healthy again. My prayers to the Lord got me well, thanks to the Lord!

    Now, I would like to share with you some beautiful super thoughts of my life. First super thought. I taught at four schools in my teaching career and had a twenty-and-a-half year perfect attendance record. Some days I did not feel like teaching, but I taught anyway for the sake of my wonderful precious students. I guess I saved the schools quite a bit of money, not having to hire substitute teachers.

  • Patching potholes ... on our roads and in life

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I travel Indiana 545 daily from my home in New Boston to Tell City and, some days and weekends, to Rockport. The highway is not in bad condition but it has a growing number of potholes. I hope the Indiana Department of Transportation comes along this spring and patches the worst of them.

  • Infrastructure always a sound investment

    Indiana’s state legislature should be commended for finding common ground and passing a bill aimed at improving road infrastructure.

    In an era of political obstruction among our national lawmakers, it is a refreshing change of pace to see our state’s legislative body make a bipartisan productive move.

    Gov. Mike Pence said, in a press conference about House Bill 1001, that the funds allotted by the legislation would be used to equally fund state and local thoroughfares.