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Today's Opinions

  • A case study in school performance and enrollment

    Michael Hicks

    Ball State University

     

    A few months ago, my local paper ran a story on a local school corporation that is struggling with enrollment and budgets. This is a familiar problem in maybe half of Indiana’s school corporations. After all, 54 of 92 Hoosier counties saw population declines last year, so shrinking school enrollment is not merely common but ubiquitous across much of the state.

  • Farewell, Perry County

    Jake Bethel

    Staff Writer

     

    Well, my run here at Perry County News has come to an end. On to the next chapter of my journalistic and professional life I go. But I won’t soon forget all of the fantastic people I’ve met and interacted with here in Perry County.

    Through all of the meetings I’ve covered, citizens interviewed for stories and events attended, I’ve met many of those who make Perry County run. That includes civic groups, at the city level and school boards.

  • INDOT: Give Mozart Street drivers fair shake

    Ever since Mozart Street was widened and extended in the 1990s, it has become one of the two main east-west through streets in central Tell City, along with Tell Street.

    That necessitated installing a traffic light at the intersection of 12th and Mozart streets. But a change in the past month of the controlling of the signal there means Mozart Street drivers spend a lot more time idling at red lights – if they obey the signal.

  • Helping Hoosier job creators

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Indiana is consistently ranked as a state with one of the best business climates in the nation. Policies enacted in recent years are creating an environment where businesses and hardworking Hoosiers have an opportunity to succeed. While this is a notable accomplishment, further cutting red tape for Indiana’s job creators is key to making our state an even better place for small businesses to expand and hire more Hoosier workers.

  • Nine presidents

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them.

    I met JFK twice for brief conversations. I don’t know our current President, but I’ve gained valuable perspective from his predecessors.

  • Teachers are precious commodities
  • Do unto others ...

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule isn’t just a religious directive but a simple guide many of us try to live by.

    Treating others like we want to be treated. I try to live by this concept, though I’ve certainly not followed it perfectly. I break it when I judge people before I know them, when I let my temper get the best of me without a just cause and by taking advantage of others for my own gain.

  • Proposed federal law provides hope for some terminally ill

    This guest editorial first appeared in the (Bedford) Times-Mail.

     

    Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” — Jim Valvano

     

    Imagine your child has been diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disease with no discernible cure.

    You have explored and exhausted every conceivable option.

    Though an experimental, potentially life-saving drug has shown promise, the Federal Drug Administration has yet to approve the drug, rendering it unavailable to your child.