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Today's Opinions

  • Discover your family history

    By MOLLY HALL
    Guest Columnist

    To celebrate Perry County’s 200th year, a certificate and pin will be given at a pinning ceremony Nov. 1 to individuals who fill out a First Family of Perry County application.

    This program was set up to honor our Perry County ancestors who braved the virgin Indiana Territory through the end of the Civil War.
    For many, this program has brought awareness of whom their Perry County ancestors were, how they lived and believed and, for some, answered questions about their family’s folklore.

  • Save your skin from the sun

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I recently spotted a teenager at a county fair with a painful looking sunburn. I didn’t know him so I don’t know how he got the burn, but he spent far too long in the sun with either no or definitely not enough sunscreen.

    I’ve been in his skin before. I try hard to avoid burns as an adult because I know increased sun damage increases the chances for all types of skin cancer, including the most serious, melanoma.

  • Going to war in Iraq won’t work any better this time

    Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. By that definition, the United States’ engaging in military action in Iraq now would be insane.

    It didn’t work before, which is why there is basically a civil war going on there now. As we said before, the only way the United States can control who governs Iraq is to make it a permanent U.S. territory or state, which few, if any, would be willing to do.

  • PC Band Boosters grateful

    Perry Central Band Boosters would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses that donated to this year’s auction.

    We’d like to extend a special thanks to Scott and Heidi of Dixon and Dixon Auction and Realty for doing such a wonderful job.

    Cathy Blair
    President, Perry Central Band Boosters

  • Division of Forestry to sell timber near Wyandotte Cave, O’Bannon Woods Park

    The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has  announced plans to sell trees adjacent to O’Bannon Woods State Park and near the Wyandotte Cave Complex east of Corydon.  

    On the morning of  June 26, 2014, 1.3 million board feet of timber and nearly 6,000 trees were sold to private logging companies from five parcels in the Harrison-Crawford State Forest.

  • Serving on interim committees

    Richard Young
    District 47 State Senator

    Just because the latest session has concluded at the Statehouse doesn’t mean the hard work ends. This summer and fall I have been selected to serve on several interim study committees that will conduct in-depth research and analysis on numerous complex issues facing our state.

  • Don’t bully the breed

    Trina Severson
    Feature Writer
    lifestyles@perrycountynews.com

    Dog bites and attacks –  and the associated media coverage – have created quite a stir recently. Dog bites are serious stuff and, because of their size and lack of experience around dogs, children are at a much greater risk of being bitten and sustaining injury.

    As a community, we’re smart to recognize this as an issue and work toward solutions.

  • School board: Use trust fund as it was intended

    In 2012, the state attorney general rebuked former Cannelton Schools Superintendent Al Chapman for improperly using the Dorothy von Solbrig Income Trust Fund.

    Current Superintendent Alva Sibbitt Jr. told the board June 19 a settlement agreement reached last month means the trust fund can now be used to pay any legitimate corporation bills. Almost immediately and on his recommendation, as we report in this edition, the school board voted unanimously and without discussion to spend $18,000 from the fund on legal bills.