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Today's Opinions

  • Central Bark Dog Park supporters thankful

    We would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations who gave their time and contributions to support the planting of the trees at Central Bark Dog Park. The dog park was greatly transformed this fall by your many efforts.

  • EDITORIAL: Allowing any candidate to run for two offices at once is bad idea

    State Sen. Mike Delph said late last month that he would propose a bill to allow fellow Republican Mike Pence to run for two offices next year, Indiana governor and U.S. President.

    Delph withdrew his bill last week after other prominent Republicans in the Indiana General Assembly criticized it.

  • Everyone needs forgiveness

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

    Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in January 2003.

    If rain could wash away sins, most umbrellas would go unused. A cold drizzle fell on a middle-aged man’s head as he trotted into a brightly-lit church one Sunday evening in upstate New York. I was on a short vacation and had ventured off the throughway looking for supper and a hotel.

  • Income redistribution won’t help middle class in long run

    DONALD NEWELL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Two of the traditional hallmarks of the middle class are that they work hard and save their money. Even the White House praises the middle class for having those virtues and claims to want to help them prosper.

    But on Jan. 13, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland proposed a new federal initiative that abandons any pretense of trying to promote opportunities for the middle class. Instead, it seeks to turn them into a whole new group of beneficiaries of government-mandated income redistribution.

  • Personalities who left us in 2014

    Vince Luecke

    As we bid farewell to one year and welcome another, it’s tradition to remember the people to whom we said goodbye to in the past year. In looking over the obituaries the News published in 2014, I thought of several people whom I knew to some degree or another. This list is in no way exhaustive. Each of us holds our own collection of loved ones, friends and community leaders we admired who are no longer with us. This list is mine.

  • Wrong turns not an option when lives are on the line

    Perry County is served very well by a range of emergency-services providers, from police and paramedics to emergency medical technicians, firefighters and first responders.

    But when it comes to public safety, there is always room for improvement and we have a suggestion: Providers of emergency services need to be very familiar – and stay familiar – with our county’s road system. Simply put, they need to know how to get to anywhere in the county as quickly as possible.

  • Succulents for the best indoor winter blooms

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

    Plant collectors have long appreciated orchids and African violets for their winter bloom cycle. I have amassed a collection of both and they help me get through the winter with their colorful interest. But violets and orchids are not the only classes of plants that can deliver in the winter. Think succulents.

    Succulents are plants that have adapted to environments that receive very little rainfall. They can store moisture using small amounts when needed.

  • COLUMN: Pages sought for Indiana House

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    I always love the calm after the holidays. Spending quality time with family, kids playing with their presents and a new year, which brings new opportunities, is officially underway. For state lawmakers, this time of year is spent preparing for the upcoming legislative session, and I look forward to all the work we can accomplish to benefit families in southwest Indiana.