Today's Opinions

  • Hidden treasures:Tulip Trestle, Yoho Store

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales


    Fishing, hunting, camping and hiking usually are the primary focus of the Outdoor Tales column. Sometimes it is something like a flower or tree, maybe even a bug. And, sometimes it is a road trip.

    Often I enjoy just taking a drive and a nice day. There are times there is no destination in mind when the drive begins.

  • Origins of our species: No easy answers

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer


    Cogito ergo sum … I think, therefore I am … is a philosophical proposition made famous by René Descartes. But is that what makes humans unique?

    For years, science has held a pretty firm grip on that query; and the common thread that most of the science world agreed upon was that humans buried their dead. But now, the age-old ominous argument is garnering increased critical questioning from the science world after the discovery of a new genus of hominids.

  • What do we mean by ‘representative government’?

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    With a presidential election year fast approaching, we’re in for a lot of public talk about the state of American democracy. Much of that discussion will be insightful and thought-provoking, but there’s a good chance you’ll also find a lot of it vague and hard to pin down.

    There’s a reason for this. Even our political leaders, the people who are most familiar with the system’s workings, have a hard time describing it.

  • Indiana Bicentennial plans shifting into high gear

    Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman

    Indiana Bicentennial Commission co-chairs


    Indiana has seen abundant change since Dec. 11, 1816, when it was admitted as the 19th state in the union.

    Back then, mountain lions roamed our thick forests and elk grazed our prairies. The majestic bison, so legendary among both Native Americans and European settlers, already was nearly gone, but a few still roamed Indiana’s western edge.

  • United Way needs your help to build a better Perry County

    United Way of Perry County’s yearly campaign is in full swing and your help is needed to make it a success. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $125,000 for groups that provide important services in our community.

    The community’s combined gifts to United Way will help build our community and make Perry County a better place to live and work.

  • Politicians and our economy

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it, we’re headed for the fiscal rocks.

  • FOP lodge’s Jeep ride a rip-roaring success
  • The Incredible Dr. Waldhier

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I handle the weekly “Looking Back” feature that runs on the front of Thursday’s Lifestyle section. I enjoy looking over back issues and the task of summarizing news snippets from 70, 50 and 25 years ago. The weekly job shouldn’t require that much time but I always get pulled into the stories so it takes me much longer than it should.