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Today's Opinions

  • Best of luck, Class of 2015

    The Perry County Community Foundation wishes to congratulate all graduating seniors and their families as they begin this new journey in life.

    PCCF is pleased to announce that due to the generosity of donors who created scholarship funds for Perry County graduates, we were able to award 34 scholarships in the total amount of $37,850.

  • A real dog and pony show

    Clarke Blackford

    Guest Columnist

     

    In the summer of 1970, after Kathy and I were married, we moved to Evansville. I was teaching there and we moved into an apartment near my school.

    Across the alley from our apartment lived Mr. and Mrs. Shephard, a couple with a 4- or 5-year-old little girl. In their backyard were two buildings.

  • Courts need more child advocates

    Children’s voices are innocuous, and  in a court system devised to deal with adult issues, they are sometimes overshadowed; their messages are not thoroughly recognized. That’s why earlier this month, judges from local communities rallied to ask for assistance in helping kids overcome the effects of abuse and neglect, through volunteerism in the court-appointed-special-advocates program.

  • Life’s a lot like a bingo game

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Life is a lot like a game of Sunday bingo. Sooner or later everyone’s number comes up.

    I’ve come across several bingo games in the past few weeks, at St. Paul’s church picnic in City Hall Park and at a few other community events. I didn’t have time to play but I would have liked to.

  • Although devious, poison ivy can be controlled

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I’ve noticed more poison ivy this year then I recall in previous years.  Maybe I am more observant or maybe the farm is just weedier.  Either way, it makes people nervous.  I am not particularly allergic to this devious vine but Andy, my husband, will blister like being burned by fire whenever he comes into contact with it. 

  • We need both insiders and outsiders in Congress

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    Members of Congress get categorized in all sorts of ways. They’re liberal or conservative; Republican or Democrat; interested in domestic affairs or specialists in foreign policy.

    There’s one very important category, though, that I never hear discussed: whether a member wants to be an inside player or an outside player. Yet where members fall on the continuum helps to shape the institution of Congress.

  • Property-tax relief for farmers

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Agriculture is the backbone of Indiana’s economy, providing nearly 245,000 Hoosier jobs and $4.7 billion in exports each year.

    In order to support this vital industry and the jobs it provides, the General Assembly enacted Senate Enrolled Act 436, a new law that freezes the assessment of property taxes on farmland.

  • ‘Are we there yet?’

    Brittany Overstreet

    Staff Writer

     

    It’s not a family vacation without the four words, “are we there yet” a few dozen times. When on my way to Panama City Beach though, I just put in my headphones, think happy thoughts and it’s not so bad.

    Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending seven amazing days vacationing with my boyfriend and his family. When a lot of people hear PCB, spring break and crazy high school kids usually seems to be the first thing that comes to mind.