Today's Opinions

  • United Way needs your help to build a better Perry County

    United Way of Perry County’s yearly campaign is in full swing and your help is needed to make it a success. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $125,000 for groups that provide important services in our community.

    The community’s combined gifts to United Way will help build our community and make Perry County a better place to live and work.

  • Politicians and our economy

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it, we’re headed for the fiscal rocks.

  • FOP lodge’s Jeep ride a rip-roaring success
  • The Incredible Dr. Waldhier

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I handle the weekly “Looking Back” feature that runs on the front of Thursday’s Lifestyle section. I enjoy looking over back issues and the task of summarizing news snippets from 70, 50 and 25 years ago. The weekly job shouldn’t require that much time but I always get pulled into the stories so it takes me much longer than it should.

  • Clerk who refuses to issue licenses should resign

    The old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” correctly indicates that most issues in life involving making choices – one can’t have it both ways. But that is what Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis is trying to do.

    Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples even though she has been ordered to do so by a federal judge and has lost every appeal, including one to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Taxpayers can no longer afford county workers’ Cadillac insurance plan

    At a time when local governmental bodies throughout our nation are struggling with their budgets, cost-cutting becomes a central issue. But not in Perry County.

    County commissioners, county council and all county employees enjoy a Cadillac health plan that would be the envy of local governments anywhere. They get fat-cat insurance and you and I pay the bill.

    A few statistics that may raise your eyebrows and your temper:

    Private Sector

    Average deductible

  • Why our labor matters

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    With today’s observance of Labor Day, I continue to wonder, as I have asked in years past, if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of and respect for labor as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life. 

  • Working for a better life




    As we do each year, this Labor Day, we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers and celebrate all those who make our country run day in and day out.

    Many of us will be busy this weekend with barbecues, festivals and other types of family events. However, this is also a time to truly consider what strengthens our families and to take a hard look at how failed public policies have diminished working peoples’ ability to sustain a good living.