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Today's Opinions

  • The hungry squirrel

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    This column was first published in 2011.

     

    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire September 23. I made a quick truck to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.

  • Good fences will keep roadways safer

    Good fences make good neighbors. So goes the famous adage.

    We might suggest another. Good fences make for safer driving.

    Anyone with a police scanner within ear shot knows our local police officers, most often sheriff’s deputies, get called regularly to reports of livestock on or near roadways. The animals have escaped their fenced-in enclosures and are roaming free, posing a danger to motorists and, of course, the animals themselves.

  • Let’s respect our police officers, while holding all sides accountable

    I do not respond to many published news stories, However, every now and then, I seem to be compelled to lay my opinion on the proverbial table. This is my response to Editor Vince Luecke’s Trigger Happy:

    We have all seen video clips and heard references to your scenario for the past several months. However, we do not hear often that our law enforcers are shot when trying to identify the erratic driver of a vehicle that could be, or, is a definite danger to other innocent drivers who share the roadway.

  • Don’t be fooled: coal’s not our friend

    BRETT SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The  coal-choked 19th-century England of Charles Dickens’s popular novels makes it plain enough that coal is not our friend. Its negative effects on the health of poor and working-class London were immediately evident to any observer.

  • Trump’s ‘unworkable’ executive order destabilizes health care markets

    Tim Lanane

    Guest Columnist

     

    Since the start of the Affordable Care Act  and the expansion of Medicaid through the HIP 2.0 program, over half a million Hoosiers have gained access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. This lowered Indiana’s uninsured rate to just eight percent.

    Unfortunately, President Trump and his administration have put it all at risk by gutting access to the ability to apply and by signing the latest executive order to intentionally destabilize the health insurance marketplace.

  • The future of Indiana coal

    BRUCE STEVENS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt did a big favor for Indiana last Tuesday with the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. This decision will spare Indiana from a massive regulation that would have weakened our power grid, increased electric bills and cost good-paying Hoosier jobs.

    The CPP, established during the Obama administration, was promoted as a way to reduce emissions said to contribute to global warming.

  • It’s what we do that counts

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    I’ve been reminded recently of the old cowboy song, Home on the Range. You know the line, “Where never is heard a discouraging word”? That is not the United States right now. It feels like pretty much everywhere I turn, all I hear is discouragement.

  • Thanks for making Leopold 175th special