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Today's Opinions

  • Spring’s arrival means crappie and morels

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    It’s been a tough winter, but with spring finally on the horizon, thoughts change from shoveling snow to catching crappie and hunting for morel mushrooms.

    Black morels should be making their way through deep woods leaves in the near future. I have found them as early as the last week in March, but that is rare. Early April usually marks their arrival.

  • Finding solutions to our county’s foster-care problems

    BETH HAUSER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The 2015 Leadership Perry County Class has worked hard to become more active leaders and make an impact in our community.

    The group has decided to select one of our projects as “Fostering Hope,” an awareness program for our county foster-care program. This article is the first in a series of articles that will delve into the details of the foster-care program. 

  • Don’t govern crisis to crisis

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress

     

    After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people.

    “We’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Congress, he said, would not lurch from crisis to crisis.

  • Indiana is losing too many veterans

    There is a crisis in Indiana and veterans are dying. Something needs to be done. Veterans, reservists and National Guard Hoosiers are an economic-development opportunity and deserve priority status by the state.

    Recently, the Associated Press did a story on this situation. Some legislators’ tempers flared because of advocacy efforts of the Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana. 

    Understandably, coalition veterans are disappointed that halfway of the legislative session, very little is moving to address the needs of veterans.

  • OUR VIEW: Honor our nation’s commitment to veterans

    In introducing the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Act, which offers mental-health services for all active duty, reserve and National Guard service members and was signed into law last year, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly noted that there is not “one solution, no cure-all to prevent military suicide. But this problem is not too big to solve.”

    Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, clearly is committed to identifying solutions. This month, he unveiled a trio of bills intended to reduce suicides among military personnel and veterans.

  • What’s wrong with a dog tax?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’ve been asked several times over the years about the animal-control issues facing Perry County. I’ve been shy about sharing my personal opinions because I’m not an “animal person.” I don’t have a dog or cat and while I would never abuse or condone the abuse of an animal, I don’t feel strongly about the issue.

  • Boat, RV parking ban makes little sense

    In response to the issue of boats, trailers and RV parking, I wanted to take this opportunity to speak about the possibility of banning  all types of trailers from our city streets. The scope of this letter will be to state my opinion but also offer some insight to my opinion.

    First and foremost, I live in Tell City. I work in the community and pay taxes. I own a home here in town, two vehicles, an RV and a boat. All of  these things require me to pay taxes, fees, etc.

  • Putting Indiana’s communities first

    KATHY DAVIS

    RANDALL T. SHEPARD

    GUEST COLUMNISTS

     

    No one wants to look back and wonder what we could have and should have done to make Indiana a better place. Instead, by taking a forward-looking approach, the Indiana University Public Policy Institute is evaluating what can be done now to help local communities and our state succeed.