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Today's Opinions

  • Is it spring yet?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I received my first garden catalog in the mail. Can winter’s end be far off? I know we’re still in the middle of winter with weeks of cold and potential snow.

    Either the holidays or the cold has left me sleepy. Maybe the lack of sunlight is to blame for my missing energy.

    I’m not like this the rest of the year. I could fault old age or what seems to be a sense of constant exhaustion. But I blame winter.

  • Winter gardening restores in many ways

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    There is something about working in the garden on a sunny winter day:  it clears debris from both the perennial bed and the gardener’s head. There is clarity to the winter landscape that is quite different than any other season. 

    On a clear day, the sky is a true blue, you can see all the birds flitting about the leafless trees. 

  • Thanks for helping to deliver package

    I would like to send a sincere thank you to all involved who helped  to track my cousin, Annie Ross, and return to her a Christmas package I sent to  her from Westville.

    I accidentally addressed it incorrectly. Her Wal-Mart  family, friends and even the local police department followed up to make sure  the package was returned to her.

    I am very grateful to all involved. We don’t see each other often and we’re saddened by the loss, only to find it was found  and returned.

  • Thank you, Boy Scout Troop 192 and Pack 192 for thinking of our troops

    I wanted to publicly thank Troop 192 and Pack 192 and the community that supported their effort to send left over Halloween candy to the military stationed overseas.

    My son, Jonathan, has been deployed overseas for four months and was pleasantly surprised to receive a huge amount of candy from the Boy Scouts and Pack 192. Thank you to Janet Damin who organized and mailed the boxes of candy. It is heartwarming to know the community helped make this kind gesture happen.

  • What’s in a road name?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    “So what’s up with Unicorn Road? Did someone really think they saw a unicorn there?”

    So asked a friend a few months ago as he looked over a county map.  He was staying near Derby and had already run across Utopia Road.

    “I bet everyone there is happy,” he laughed.

  • It’s time to mend fences

    Seldom has a house fire created so much heat, even after the flames have been extinguished.

    Of course, we’re speaking of the Cannelton fire Dec. 27 in which Fire Chief Chris Herzog was arrested for battery on a police officer. It remains to be seen whether Herzog will be formally charged but the damage to Cannelton’s fire and police departments is already done. That’s unfortunate because the city has enough troubles without infighting.

  • Favorites of last year’s reading season

     

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Yes, I have a reading season, and each year the season gets a little longer as I reject television and radio listening more and more. The current state of our news cycle has helped push me back into books, and this year I came across four titles that I particularly liked because they deepened my understanding of food and farming.

     

    “First Bite: How We Learn to Eat”

     

  • It’s been a good long ride

    Jack Pate

    Guest Columnist

     

    My father was fond of the saying, “he didn’t lick it off the grass, he came by it honestly,” and so it is that I came to spend the last 34-1/2 years as a fourth-generation newspaperman. It was in my genes, hence I didn’t lick it off the grass. My great-grandfather actually hauled a printing press by covered wagon from Tennessee to Oklahoma in the 1800s.