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Today's Opinions

  • Push for redistricting reform

    We should’ve known it would be too much to ask.

    How could a legislative committee chair balk at an opportunity to do the right thing by establishing an independent commission to create state and congressional maps, ultimately removing politics from the redistricting process?

    It’s easy when the political party in charge — Republican or Democrat — is intent on holding onto its power.

  • Looking ahead to St. Patty’s Day

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’m not much into green beer and while I’m a fan of corned beef, I can do without cabbage.

    St. Patrick’s Day is still a few weeks away and while lots of us will be wearing green, a lack of Irish heritage doesn’t inspire me to truly celebrate the day like those whose family trees have roots in the Emerald Isle.

  • Citizens Police Academy can do good work

    Thursday’s story about a soon-to-form Citizens Police Academy is welcome news. We hope the program helps to better share the good work of local law enforcement and will help to advance the already-strong relationships between the community and local law enforcement.

    Too often it’s the rare mistake by an officer that makes the news and causes us to overlook police departments’ record of good work in enforcing laws and keeping our streets safe, while respecting the rights of citizens.

  • Communication is essential

    HANNAH HUBERT

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series on workplace ethics. This one was written by Hannah Hubert, a Perry Central senior.

     

    The vast majority of all challenges we may attempt to overcome in life cannot be accomplished without communication.  Effective communication not only helps us achieve our goals and work toward success, but also characterizes our ability to get along with others, and the amount of confidence we hold in ourselves.

  • With their cacophony of sound, spring peepers return

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers. There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can.

    On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be. Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.

  • ‘La La Land’ likely to dance away with Oscar gold

    Eric Harris

    Film Critic

     

    The Oscars will be announced Sunday, Feb. 26, so you know what that means: it’s time for me to get a bunch of predictions wrong about the winners. Seriously, I’m getting worse and worse at picking the winners, so this year, I will not label them as “predictions,” but rather as “guesses.”

    That way, it makes me feel a little better when I’m wrong. Getting the guesses right has never been the point of this yearly article, anyway.

  • Offenses by incarcerated individuals examined at Statehouse

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Keeping criminals off our streets, and continuing to make Indiana a safer place to live, work, and raise our families is a top priority for me in the state Senate.

    This session, I have authored several law enforcement bills which are at various stages in the legislative process.

    One of these bills, Senate Bill 405, deals with individuals who are already incarcerated.

  • Language and democracy in the Trump era

    In a recent column in the News (Jan. 19), Hoosier statesman and former U.S. congressman Lee Hamilton addressed a problem that, while it did not begin with Donald Trump’s election, has certainly become more pronounced in its wake.