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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Annexation will help Tell City grow, prosper

    MARLOW SMETHURST
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    I am the chairman of the Tell City Annexation Committee. I attended the annexation public hearing March 3. I did not speak at the meeting as I wanted any affected property owner to have time to speak.

    The annexation committee decided that it would be best for the city to have one large annexation instead of several smaller annexations. An annexation process is very expensive for a city or town to complete, so the committee decided to do one and save money.

  • Reliving the automotive age of days gone by

    Richard Hedrick
    By the Side
    of the Road

    During recent trips to St. Louis and Atlanta, I found myself ruminating about the changes that have taken place in the field of vehicular conveyance in the past 60 years or so.

    I usually try to catch a few winks on these long forays, but the corrugated strip running along the sides of today’s four lane highways provides an instant warning of any ill-advised trajectory.

    A half century ago, people behind the wheel would fall asleep and, if they were lucky, wake up in the hospital. 

  • Illegal dumping, litterbugs deserve public’s disgust

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    I found an empty fast-food bag lying alongside the county road leading to the farm a couple of weeks ago. I pulled over and picked it up. There was nothing inside but I’m sure the empty wrappers and the curly-fries container were lying nearby or further down the road.

    Other than the stray beer can, there isn’t much littering on the county road. I guess the litterbug traveling by was just too busy to find a trash can the next time he or she stopped for gas or made it home.

  • A critical health-care program in rural America

    Rural hospitals are the front line of care for millions of Americans who can’t travel to big cities for medical treatment. Most are small, less than 25 beds, and many struggle to keep their doors open in the face of rising costs. A little-known prescription drug program called 340B helps these providers stay in business—and extend vital services to needy patients.

    More than 20 years ago, Congress created the 340B drug discount program with bipartisan support to help hospitals serving high numbers of economically vulnerable people.

  • Drama students did great job

    Kudos to the Tell City High School Drama Club for putting on an excellent play two weekends ago, “God’s Favorite.” 

    It is unfortunate that we have not had a Schweizer Fest play in several years. The high school has made an admirable effort to return this element of culture to our community.

    Jim Alexander
    Tell City

  • Schnell enjoys newspaper subscription, visits to Perry Central sporting events

    Just recently, another Perry Countian gave me a compliment on my previous letters to the editors in the fine Perry County News. The person happened to be a graduate of Perry Central High School.

    I’ve been informed, by the editor of the Perry County News that letters to the editor may be submitted about every six weeks. I wasn’t aware of that ruling, but I’ll certainly abide by it.

  • New scooter law makes sense but could have been better

    A new law affecting motorized scooters passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year makes sense but could have been a little better.

    Scooters, also known as motorized bicycles or mopeds, are now required to be licensed and their drivers are now required to have state-issued identification cards with scooter endorsements.

    Those IDs and scooter license plates can be obtained at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a $17.30 fee plus a $10 excise charge.

  • Tell City annexation and situational politics

    JACK JOYCE
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    What we have here is “situational politics,” a belief that the end justifies the means. For two or perhaps three decades, Tell City politicians have discussed the imperative of annexation but the dominant political party has never gained the political courage to actually vote for an annexation ordinance.

    There is basically one reason. The local rural electrification cooperative, currently known as Southern Indiana Power.