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Today's Opinions

  • Automobile companies thrived in Indiana until the Great Depression struck

    Andrea Neal

    Guest

    Columnist

     

    Two decades after Elwood Haynes drove his newfangled horseless buggy down a Kokomo street, cars had become all the rage in Indiana.

    “From the beginning, Hoosiers loved cars,” historian James H. Madison writes in “Hoosiers – A New History of Indiana.” They loved driving them, and they loved making them.

  • A real problem with Imaginary numbers

    Imaginary numbers. This mathematical concept is real and is not fun, at least in the experience of many high school students. Ask any recent high school graduate.

    It is likely that somewhere in our country today, in a summer session of Algebra 2, a frustrated student is saying to his teacher, “When will we ever use this after high school?”

  • Little trees, big future

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Saint Meinrad Archabbey might be home someday to some of the largest trees on the planet … in about 2,000 years.

    Several small seedings of giant sequoia trees were recently planted on the grounds, and while the trees are very small now, they hopefully have big futures awaiting them.

  • St. Jude Bike A Thon another success

    Cannelton Elementary recently hosted the 39th annual St. Jude’s Bike-A-Thon May 7, coordinated by Mrs. Charlene Hemmings.

    Students rode 10 miles escorted by Cannelton Street Commissioner David Marsh, showing their support for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Overall, the children raised $2,204.20 for the hospital by getting sponsors to donate to them to ride in the Bike-A-Thon.

    Each year, Waupaca donates a bike and safety helmet to the student that raises the most money for the charity. This year, we had three students very close.

  • Family thankful for caring community

    A recent diagnosis of prostate cancer and being uninsured left us with many questions and fears. Those fears were quickly changed to nothing but positivity. This small town we call home has shown us nothing but love and support. A benefit poker run was quickly organized by family and friends to offset the medical expenses.

    The enormous amount of prayers, encouragement and donations from most every local business large and small made the event a complete success.

    The entire community backed me and my family with a warm embrace.

  • Choice is clear: It’s Trump or bust

    TIM KLOEPPEL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The upcoming presidential election is, in my opinion, the most important in our nation’s history. It will essentially be a referendum on whether or not the United States is what our founders intended it to be.

  • Preparation key to combating summer powdery mildew

    JENEEN WICHE

    WEEKEND GARDENER

     

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungi around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads. It likes humid and dry weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing and treatment before it takes hold.

  • Give historical credit where credit is due

    STEPHEN SAALMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    It is a historical fact that on the rainy night of May 8-9, 1825, the steamboat, Mechanic, sank in the Ohio River with the Marquis de Lafayette aboard. Several varying narratives of the shipwreck, have been recorded, and each makes separate claims to the authenticity.

    First, a brief sketch of the official legend, from Thomas De la Hunt’s “History of Perry County,” written in 1916, 91 years after the shipwreck.