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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Help shape our city’s future

    By BARBARA EWING, Mayor of Tell City

    Greetings from the Tell City mayor’s office. Coach Paul Bryant once said, “No coach has ever won a game by what he knows, it’s what his players know that counts.”

    Within our community, I believe, as mayor, we have the people, the skills, the resources and the materials to create a positive change in Tell City! It is for this reason that Tell City is reaching out to its citizens and all citizens of Perry County for help in developing a comprehensive plan for the Tell City community.

  • COLUMN: And the surveys say ...

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Surveys conducted as part of Perry County’s Hometown Competitiveness Program turned up some interesting data about the challenges facing our community – as well as many of its strengths. A public presentation of findings by five committees was conducted Feb. 21 and we’ll share the details of the findings in a story soon.

  • EDITORIAL: Snowe’s retirement should be wakeup call for Tea Party

    Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, surprised most political observers when she announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election this year.

    According to USA Today, she said “she could not face another unproductive six-year term with the polarization and partisanship that has overtaken Washington – and the Senate in particular.”

    The Tea Party wing of Republicans is trying to purge the GOP of moderates such as Snowe, but Snowe’s retirement announcement should be a wakeup call that their strategy is likely to backfire.

  • LETTER: All of us have role in preventing teen dating violence

    February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month. One in three adolescents in the U.S. will be a victim of physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner.

    Dating violence, like any other intimate partner violence, is a pattern of controlling and abusive behaviors of one person over another within a romantic relationship. It knows no boundaries and crosses all lines of race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc.

  • LETTER: Why does ACLU defend lowest form of filth?

    This is in response to the letters from Kelly Jones Sharp from the ACLU and Michael Elder concerning Right to Work. It is seldom that I get to swat two flies at once, but I’ll do my best.

    In Act 3, scene 2 of “Hamlet” we see the line “the lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The phrase has come to mean that one can “insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what one is saying.”

  • COLUMN: Add your voice to the opinion page

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Front pages may serve as the pulse of community newspapers, but the opinion page, the one you’ve turned to now, is certainly its voice.

    It’s on this page our staff shares its thoughts through editorials and columns. I’ve long leveraged this page to talk about a variety of things, from news and insights to my own opinions that readers have told me for nearly a decade and a half strike them as serious, entertaining, insightful and occasionally inspiring and sometimes creating anger and consternation.

  • COLUMN: Let me introduce you to American Profile Magazine

    By DAVE ELDRIDGE, Publisher

    The first week in March will mark a special event for our readers.

    American Profile, a full-color national magazine with regionalized editorial content that celebrates the people, places and things that make America great, will debut in The Perry County News March 5 as an insert in the newspaper.

  • EDITORIAL: Planning and zoning shouldn’t be a second-rate county service

    The lead headline in Thursday’s News proclaimed Perry County’s planning and zoning department to be in crisis. That wasn’t journalistic exaggeration. The resignation of Planning and Zoning Director Jim Gogel and the lack of funding that reduced the only employee to part-time status doesn’t bode well. It also doesn’t sit well with us because we believe planning and zoning should be a focus of county government, not an afterthought.