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Today's Opinions

  • Cool season weeds waiting in the wings

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I was just thinking about spring, but then I realized I should just live in the moment and be thankful that I do not have to battle weeds this time of the year! Spring and cool- season weeds will be here soon enough.

    The most common cool-season annual and perennial weeds will be germinating once our soils warm a bit. It is amazing how quickly it can happen as our days get longer and the sun shines more frequently.

  • Students help those in need

    We would like to give a special thank you to William Tell Elementary School for their food drive, which benefited the Council of Agencies.

    Also, thanks so much to any other school drive and all donations from everyone. All volunteers were very helpful and appreciated so much.

     

    Angie Garrett

    Treasurer, Council of Agencies

  • Robotics competition had many helpers

    On Saturday, Feb. 3, 26 elementary VEX robotic teams descended on William Tell Elementary School. It was our first attempt at such an endeavor which also happened to be a state qualifying event.

    I am proud to say everything went extremely well. It would not have been possible without the support of the school staff, teachers, students and the entire school corporation. The event also involved some high school teachers, school board members, and administration officials (John Scioldo was a great master of ceremonies) working at this event.

  • Indiana Senate should put brakes on payday loan bill

    Payday lenders across the state may have found a new way to skirt annual interest rate restrictions in a bill winding its way through the Indiana General Assembly.

    House Bill 1319, which passed the House last week by a 53-41 vote, would allow payday lenders to charge fees triple what Indiana law currently defines as criminal loan-sharking.

    The bill would allow storefront lenders the ability to offer short-term loans – typically about two weeks – of $605 to $1,500 with annual percentage rates up to 222 percent.

  • Valentine’s Day drama

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Valentine’s Day was one of those holidays that gave sweaty palms to 1970s third-graders. Back then, it was custom for every student to give each classmate a valentine. That might still be the practice. I should ask my nephews.

  • LETTER: Don’t forget to complete your ag census

    My husband and I live on a mid sized farm in northwestern Minnesota, where we grow corn, soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, and alfalfa. Several of our grown children are farmers too, raising families and teaching them how to be competent, resourceful future farmers.

    We all rely on good policy that effectively keeps farms operational – especially young farmers who need startup capital and supportive risk-management tools. So every five years, my family does something very important for our farms and communities – we complete the Census of Agriculture.

  • Tax law and rural hospitals

    WENDELL POTTER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    One of the selling points for the tax bill President Trump signed into law a few weeks ago is that it will spur job growth because corporations will use money they otherwise would have paid in taxes to hire more workers.

    But for rural areas and small towns, one provision of the new law may result in the closure of one of their biggest employers – their hospital.

  • Late February an ideal time for pruning

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    In a fit of gratitude, I made a list of the things I loved about my life the other day. I managed eight solid things, none were frivolous; and one prompted the whole exercise: I love warm February days.

    This beautiful February day set into motion a very productive weekend. It felt so good to get some good old-fashioned garden clean up done with my husband by my side and the sheep grazing freely about. It makes you feel optimistic about the rest of your life.