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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: The benefits of keeping it local

    Last Tuesday’s state-candidates forum included a question about ways the legislature can promote shopping, buying and eating locally. Responses included setting an example by committing to local buying, more aggressive marketing efforts, passing legislation that makes it easier for producers and merchants to sell their products at farmers markets, and closing corporate loopholes to shift the tax burden off of families and individuals, thereby increasing disposable income.

  • COLUMN: The yearly battle against the dropped pear insect gang

    By TOM TURPIN
    Guest Columnist

    One of the rites of fall in my backyard orchard is the dropping of the fruit from the old pear tree. My Bartlett pear seems to provide a bumper crop of fruit each year. And each year I can’t seem to figure out when it is time to harvest the pears so that they don’t end up on the ground.

    Over the years, I have come to believe that the pear tree harbors an evil streak. That tree seems to know when I am out of town for a day or two and takes the opportunity to drop its fruit en masse.

  • COLUMN: Enjoying fall activities in our community

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    State Representative

    The autumn season is upon us, and we live in the best community to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

    With festivals taking place all around our district that celebrate southern Indiana’s heritage and history, we have so much to look forward to this fall.

  • United Way helps Perry County 4-H’ers reach their potential

    The Perry County 4-H Coun-cil would like to thank the United Way for their support of our program. 4-H has a long, rich history in our county. For the past 100 years, youth have been learning life skills by their involvement in 4-H. In its beginning, 4-H’ers would learn basic skills. Sewing, gardening, canning and all other aspects of farm life were the main projects taught in 4-H. Today those life skills are still taught but in a much broader sense. Projects from all aspects of life, regardless of where youth live, are offered. Many of those offered are science-based.

  • LETTER: Thank you for supporting hog roast

    The Rome Volunteer Fire Department would like to take the time to personally thank our community for all the hard work and generous donations that went toward our hog roast Sept. 21. We want to thank all of the guys who stayed up all night and cooked the meat. A big thank you to Jim Krutz for his free wagon rides and to Tony Rothrock and Jerry Willis for their good music.

    We also want to thank the following businesses for their drink donations: CVS, Noble’s IGA, T&R Liquors, Derby General Store, Alpine House and Bill’s IGA.

  • LETTER: Missing my 4-legged friend, Oscar

    I was 43 years old when I got my first pet. Through the years I never understood why people got so attached to their pets. We didn’t have any pets growing up because mom could barely afford to feed her children, let alone an animal.

    Now I know the feeling.

    This message is to the driver who was going down the 400 block of Market Street between 6 and 6:30 p.m. in Troy Sunday, Sept. 28, and ran over my dog and killed him.

    His name was Oscar. He was six weeks old and a Christmas present back in 2002.

  • LETTER: Salvation Army a proud United Way partner

    The Salvation Army Perry County Service Extension Unit is proud to be a United Way of Perry County partner.

    The primary goal of The Salvation Army Service Extension program is to provide emergency financial assistance to people in need throughout the community.

    The funds allocated to our program by the United Way of Perry County, combined with other money raised through our kettle fundraising campaign, allow our local office to offer financial assistance for basic needs such as medical, food, energy, rent, and transportation expenses.

  • LETTER: United Way aids Crisis Connection’s mission

    Crisis Connection Inc. would like to convey our sincere thanks to United Way of Perry County for its financial support. We would also like to thank the supporters of the United Way of Perry County who helped make this possible.

    Crisis Connection provides free, confidential and professional services for the survivors of domestic and sexual violence within the counties of Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike and Spencer.