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Today's Opinions

  • County’s election officials should safeguard service members’ right to vote

    While home on leave in February 2016, I requested to file an absentee ballot application at the Perry County Clerks office. This was necessary to be able to cast my vote in the upcoming election.

  • Proud to call Perry County home

    TINA ZIEGELGRUBER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s Note: The Quality of Life Committee, sponsored by the Perry County Development Corp., continues to partner with the News to present the stories of people who have chosen to live in Perry County.

     

    I am a life-long resident of Perry County, except for the years that I lived away during college. During my teenage and early adult years, I was not 100 percent sure that I wanted to come back to Perry County upon graduation.

  • Know where your food comes from

    Thank goodness for local efforts to provide fresh commodities through the farmer’s markets. Spring is upon us and that means supplies of garden goods will soon be available to consumers.

    We see many benefits to shopping with local producers, be it health, economic or environmental or simply a way to hold onto family traditions. Not to mention, today’s on-the-go lifestyles are making the once-routine, home from-scratch cooking almost a lost art. Too often, families are bypassing the kitchen table in favor of restaurants, or, sadly, a paper sack and the car seat.

  • A role model for us all

    REV. J.T. HILLS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    My favorite comic strip growing up was Calvin and Hobbes, the story of a 6-year-old boy and his best friend, a stuffed tiger. 

    There’s an early Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strip in which Hobbes asks, “How come we play war and not peace?” Calvin, dressed in a military helmet and holding a dart gun, responds after a moment, “Too few role models.”

  • Be a green consumer around house and garden

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    What can we do to impact the environment less? Be a green consumer. Walk or ride a bike, when you can; reuse things and if you can’t at least recycle them. Buy less stuff that you don’t need? All are easily done, really. But what about in our gardens, as we struggle to keep things beautiful during the growing season?

  • March Mayhem

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    Natural disasters have been a part of man’s existence since the beginning. Earthquakes, hurricanes, lightning strikes, volcanoes and floods are all a part of human history. While they are all horrific, man has learned to live with them as part of his reality.

  • Keeping the lights on and protecting our environment

    Paul Chodak

    Guest Columnist

    Continuously improving the reliability, affordability and the environmental footprint of electricity is at the heart of what we do every day at Indiana Michigan Power. I&M already generates over half the power consumed by our customers with zero emissions, and we remain focused on further improving environmental performance. However, we must reduce emissions in a way that our customers can afford.

  • American consumers lose their ‘Cool’

    GENE HOOD

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Until a few months ago, beef, pork and poultry products from any of the 35 countries currently eligible to export meat to the United States were identified by the label as being either born, raised, slaughtered or processed in a particular country.

    This identification was called Country-of-Origin Labeling.  COOL made it easy for consumers to choose whether or not they wished to purchase and consume meat or meat projects imported from other countries.