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Today's Opinions

  • With the budget, the president calls the shots

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages.

  • Farmland taxes are a hot topic in the General Assembly

    Larry DeBoer
    GuestColumnist

    Once again, farmland assessments and property taxes are going up. The Department of Local Government Finance, which oversees the property tax in Indiana, has set the base rate per acre of farmland for 2015 taxes at $2,050 per acre. That’s a 16 percent increase from the base rate for 2014 taxes. In December the DLGF announced the base rate for 2016 at $2,420, another 18 percent increase.

    The base rate has been rising for years. But, this year, it’s a hot topic in the General Assembly.

  • In annual winter rite, skunks are scouting for love

    JeneenWiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    We just returned from Taylorsville, Ky., and on the drive home, Andy remarked, “Wow, we have passed four dead skunks!” We don’t see them on the farm as much as we used to because of the dogs, although I have been getting whiffs of them for about a week now. The lightbulb moment: it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move.

  • DCS staff working every day to keep Hoosier children safe

    Mary Beth Bonaventura
    Guest Columnist

  • Council of Agencies appreciates support

    The Perry County Council of Agencies, as a member of the local food coalition, recently received funds and food through Catholic Charities from many contributors in the area.

    The council members would like to thank those who generously donated to our local food pantry, which is open three mornings a week.

    There continues to be a need in our community to help supplement individuals and families with limited food supplies.

    The Council of Agencies is also open Tuesday morning to provide clothing for men, women and older children.

  • The Case of the Missing Finch

    By Jim Adkins
    Guest Columnist

    There was a mystery at the Adkins house a few years back. It was a full-scale whodunit that would have kept Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason up all night scratching their heads. I call it “The Case of the Missing Finch.”

    It all began a year earlier when my wife’s sister gave us her two pet birds. My sister-in-law had just given birth to three children in rapid-fire succession and didn’t have time to care for the kids, a house, the birds and a career all at once.

  • Sharing a meal with loved ones

    By Vince Luecke
    Editor

    I dropped by a small roadside restaurant while traveling in France several years ago. While the liverwurst and blood sausage were worth writing about, memories of a chubby grandma and her bubble-blowing granddaughter will never be forgotten.

  • Community foundation’s trivia night a win for everyone in Perry County

    There are several organizations in Perry County that try to assist groups and individuals who need help. Some rely almost exclusively on donations, but some try to hold fundraisers – with varying degrees of success.

    Five years ago, the Perry County Community Foundation decided to hold an annual trivia night to raise funds for its projects, and with the help of community businesses and individuals it has grown to be one of the most successful fundraisers in the county.