Today's Opinions

  • Clerk who refuses to issue licenses should resign

    The old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” correctly indicates that most issues in life involving making choices – one can’t have it both ways. But that is what Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis is trying to do.

    Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples even though she has been ordered to do so by a federal judge and has lost every appeal, including one to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Taxpayers can no longer afford county workers’ Cadillac insurance plan

    At a time when local governmental bodies throughout our nation are struggling with their budgets, cost-cutting becomes a central issue. But not in Perry County.

    County commissioners, county council and all county employees enjoy a Cadillac health plan that would be the envy of local governments anywhere. They get fat-cat insurance and you and I pay the bill.

    A few statistics that may raise your eyebrows and your temper:

    Private Sector

    Average deductible

  • Why our labor matters

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    With today’s observance of Labor Day, I continue to wonder, as I have asked in years past, if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of and respect for labor as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life. 

  • Working for a better life




    As we do each year, this Labor Day, we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers and celebrate all those who make our country run day in and day out.

    Many of us will be busy this weekend with barbecues, festivals and other types of family events. However, this is also a time to truly consider what strengthens our families and to take a hard look at how failed public policies have diminished working peoples’ ability to sustain a good living.

  • United Way support aids community

    Catholic Charities continues to help the poor and vulnerable in our area by creating hope and providing help for those in need. 

  • AG Zoeller: Jared Fogle’s story serves as wake-up call

    Greg Zoeller

    Indiana Attorney General


    The arrest of one of Indiana’s celebrities forces us to acknowledge what many still don’t want to believe –  the underground business of sex trafficking exists and is thriving.

    When the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficking Humans Task Force, which I co-chair, first started talking about human trafficking in our state, we were met with skeptics.

  • Grubs not always to blame for brown spots in the lawn

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Whenever brown patches or dead spots appear in the lawn, we are quick to suspect a grub infestation. This is not always the case, though. In fact, contemporary lawn care routines may be more to blame then you realize.  Some lawn care habits encourage disease or make your lawn more desirable to Japanese beetles and masked chafer beetles, both of which deposit the eggs that grow into grubs.

  • United Way’s support helps local families

    Perry Central Family Outreach is proud to be one of the many community agencies to receive funds from the United Way of Perry County. 

    Family Outreach facilitates and sponsors a variety of programs and projects year round to help the families of Perry County obtain the skills they need to succeed and to assist at risk families. 

    United Way funding helps us in these endeavors.