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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Texting, driving and scraping

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The offense took place before the July 1 new law making texting and driving a crime. However, the self-inflicted message to me was clear: It’s dangerous to do much of anything behind the wheel other than driving.

  • EDITORIAL: Don’t just save surplus, spend a little, too

    State Auditor Tim Berry recently revealed the state’s spending limit was better than everyone in Indianapolis thought it would be. According to figures released by Berry Thursday, the state finished out the budget year – which ended June 30 – with a surplus of approximately $1.2 billion.

    He went on to point out the surplus can be credited to the mixture of improved income-tax collections and more than $1 billion in budget cuts.

    So, news of a surplus could mean some funding will go back into the state, right?

  • COLUMN: Why prescribed burning on forest works

    Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Jeremy Kolaks, an engine operator with the Hoosier National Forest.

  • COLUMN: Why I like Perry County

    By TOM KRUEGER, GUEST COLUMNIST

    Editor’s Note: This is one of a regular series of guest columns about Perry County submitted by residents who moved to the community or who returned here after living away for several years.
    To share your story, contact Editor Vince Luecke at 547-3424 or send him an e-mail at editor@perrycountynews.com.

  • COLUMN: Stabbed in the front by friends

    BY Vince Luecke, Editor

    I’ve been a little stressed lately, for a lot of reasons. Some of the causes were beyond my control, but the way I’ve handled the situations and the stress they’ve caused me was in my control. It still is.
    So, let this column serve as a public confession of sorts. I’ve done a lousy job recently of dealing with challenging times, including circumstances when I’ve felt mistreated or had my feelings hurt.

  • EDITORIAL: Perry County Cares provides useful open-gym program

    Childhood obesity is a problem nationwide, and locally we often hear kids say there is nothing to do.
    Both problems are probably worse in July than any other month because kids are out of school and all “summer” recreation leagues (Little League, Babe Ruth League and girls softball) in Perry County concluded their seasons by the end of June. Thus, only kids who made all-star or travelling teams are still playing.
    The rest have more than a month before school starts to sit around being bored or thinking of ways to get in trouble.

  • It’s almost 4-H fair time

    Renate Jobst, Purdue Extension, GUEST COLUMNIST

    It’s almost fair time, and you know what that means. It’s time to see Perry County kids at their very best.
    It’s a time for members to highlight some of what they have learned during their 4-H year. Hundreds of youth from across Perry County and surrounding areas will exhibit projects. It’s a great time to see kids show off their talents and see kids who make a difference in their community.

  • Texting while driving ban a smart step

    Distracted driving encompasses many things, from one’s drinking morning coffee to reading the newspaper, but research and tragic experiences show that using cell phones while driving is a preventa-ble distraction that outweighs all others. Most common sense should dictate good driving habits, but the 100-year history of the automobile has shown that not to be the case. It’s only human nature to fidget with the radio, primp in the mirror or talk with a rider. Twenty-first-century technology has only added to the list of things that divert our attention while on the road.