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Today's Opinions

  • Nation’s efforts against poverty must not be abandoned

    Larry Kleeman
    Guest Columnist

    Fifty years ago, on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to call on our nation to launch an “unconditional war on poverty,” a national commitment resulting in programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Pell grants, expansions to Social Security and nutrition assistance.

    Some policy makers will claim that we launched this war, and poverty won, as our nation today struggles with 46.5 million people under the federal poverty line, about $23,500 for a family of four.

  • One Polar Bear Club dip was enough

    Another apple has dropped at City Hall and 2014 is rolling in with a fresh start for everyone. It’s another chance to somehow get it right this time.

    Like most folks, I reflect upon the past during the new year, often not knowing whether to laugh or cry. In fact, one of the most outlandish foibles of my misspent youth took place on New Year’s Day.

  • Please support music-in-schools bill

    I ask your support of legislation being considered in the Indiana General Assembly that would require each school corporation to include music courses in its curriculum. Each corporation would also be required to include music ensembles in course offerings for seventh through 12th grades.

    In addition to its value for its own sake, music instruction helps children improve their recall and retention of verbal information, advances math achievement, boosts language-arts skills and increases average SAT scores.  

  • Cheers for St. Blaise

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    Today is the feast of St. Blaise and I suspect many Perry Countians had their throats blessed at church this past weekend. I planned to attend church so hopefully I was among the faithful lining up to have a pair of candles placed under my double chin while a priest offered a simple prayer.

  • Tax burden must be fair

    Local government leaders are anxiously watching the Indiana Legislature as it tinkers with yet another form of taxation this session.

    When word first started filtering out that eliminating a major source of income to cities and towns, the business personal property tax, was high on Gov. Mike Pence’s list, local government leaders became nervous. In a story published last Monday, we reported that the loss of revenue for Tell City alone could exceed $450,000.

  • Sen. Young: Propane shortage demands action

    Richard Young
    District 47
    State Senator

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more than 7 percent of Indiana households use liquefied petroleum gases, LPG or propane, to heat their home. In southern Indiana, the vast majority of homes and businesses use propane, especially in rural areas.

    This winter has been exceptionally cold, highlighting the importance of keeping the flow of propane uninterrupted.

  • Our community filled with ‘Holiday Helpers’

    The United Way of Perry County would like to thank all the members of our community who helped make Christmas brighter for over 560 children through the Holiday Helpers United Christmas Assistance program. It was truly a community wide effort.

  • Donations support breast-cancer fight

    During October 2013, many businesses on Main Street in Tell City collected money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    The idea of collecting money to benefit breast-cancer patients was proposed by Skinsations. Several businesses collected money during the entire month of October. Some businesses used the money to purchase an assortment of wigs and hats, while others collected the money so wigs, hats and other items could be purchased for local cancer and chemotherapy patients. What an awesome act of kindness!