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Today's Opinions

  • OUR VIEW: Shop local on small business Saturday

    Thanksgiving is just days away and with the holiday comes the official start of the Christmas shopping season. It seems we like to come up with names for big shopping days. There’s Black Friday of course, the day after Thanksgiving, and Small Business Saturday on the following day. With the growing emphasis on online shopping, there’s even Cyber Monday.

  • HabiTREE Event a wonderful success

    Thank you to all of the businesses, organizations and individuals that graciously made donations for the Perry County Habitat for Humanity HabiTREE event.   The event was held on Friday, Nov. 10, to fundraise for the 20th home that will be built in Perry County in 2018. 

  • Many hands made Explosion of Fun a hit

    Community Christian Church would like to thank the following local businesses for contributing items that were used as prizes at our Halloween alternative, “Explosion of Fun” on Oct. 31.

    The event was attended by more than 900 visitors and was a rollicking success.

  • Deforestation a sordid boon

    I just lost much of the remaining respect I still had for the state Division of Forestry with their intent to sell nearly 2,000 old-growth trees in Brown County. We lost a chance to preserve for future generations a reminder of how the landscape looked in the 1700s. A sordid boon. The sale price is only a drop in the bucket of state forest management. It is yet another example of an authentic and unspoiled place losing its distinctive cultural and environmental character in the name of homogenization and short-term profit.

  • We all need change

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in January 2003 and seemed appropriate to republish with recent news.

     

    If rain could wash away sins, most umbrellas would go unused. A cold drizzle fell on a middle-aged man’s head as he trotted into a brightly-lit church one Sunday evening in upstate New York. I was on a short vacation and had ventured off the throughway looking for supper and a hotel.

  • Smartphones down, please

    Mark Bennett

    Terre Haute Tribune-Star

     

    Most of us are guilty. We have relinquished the responsibility of using our flesh-and blood memory to the digital memory inside our smartphones. Videoing beats remembering. A replay of life inside a mind generates no likes or retweets, and can’t go viral, or entertain us or our friends or people we kind of know on our social media list. A device built in China or Hungary retains special moments better than human gray matter, right?

  • Holiday greenery has some forgotten symbolism

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today.

    Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

  • The return of deer-hunting season

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    Guest Columnist

     

    Saturday, Nov. 18, marks the beginning of deer-hunting season for licensed firearms hunters in Indiana.