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Today's Opinions

  • Activism is a good thing

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Over the past tumultuous year,  there have been plenty of opportunities for people to take a stance on local issues ... to voice their support of or opposition to various viewpoints when it comes to local, state or national debates:

    Here’s a short local list of examples:

    • Perry County adopts a public-safety tax, increasing income taxes to help pay for fire, EMS and police and increase courthouse security.

  • What are the benefits of dormant oil sprays?

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    A healthy fruit crop from your favorite fruit tree can dramatically increase with some late winter attention. Pruning is key to healthy fruit trees and fruit production.

    You can prune any time after the threat of harsh winter weather is over until just before the tree is in full bloom. Prune out any winter damage, branches that grow inward and crowded limbs.

  • Tug of war with a doom and gloom media

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perry countynews.com

     

    Pessimism and politics; there may be no dirtier words in the English language – aside from dropping a four-letter profanity in front of your grandma during Christmas dinner. And the indignance of the current discussions that encompass the political domain, as it is reported in pop news sources, is probably at a new all-time low, considering the sham and shame of the hoax-media coda.

  • Pro-life at all stages of life

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It was good to see Vice President and former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence taking part in the recent March for Life in Washington, D.C. He has been solidly pro-life his entire political career and while I did not agree with all of his decisions while governor, his steady support for life issues earned our appreciation.

    U.S. presidents have addressed the crowd before, but by telephone. Pence was there in person, as was presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway.

  • Why not turn the old hospital into a veterans home?

    We have a vacant building that’s not getting any use. It has been vacant for nearly three years, but it’s still very functional and is a building that could be utilized for homeless veterans.

    Presently, there are no housing facilities in this area specifically for them, and this project could serve veterans all across southwestern Indiana. We need to step up to the plate and  provide housing for veterans who are homeless or who are at risk of  homelessness.

  • Perry County Humane Society’s White Dog Fund will help save animal lives

    At the end of 2016, an incident happened that is to commend to all who became involved in Perry County. A dog was hit by a car that crushed its leg beyond repair.

    Fortunately a teenager happened by and found the dog on the side of the road and got the dog to one of our local vets just in time to save its life. The dogs temp, had fallen to around 80 degrees and it was administered fluids.

  • Be my valentine

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Valentine’s Day was one of those holidays that gave sweaty palms to a 1970s third-grader. Back then, it was custom for every student to give each classmate a valentine. That might still be the practice. I haven’t bought a Valentine’s Day card in a long time. Maybe that’s why I’m single.

  • Indiana history should be offered in high schools

    One bill introduced in the current session of the Indiana General Assembly would require all Indiana public and charter high schools to offer a semester-long elective course on Indiana history.

    The bill passed the Senate 47-3 and is now before the House.

    We think the House should also pass the bill and the governor should sign it. We would be inclined to make it a required course, but having it available to every student as an elective would be a good start.