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Today's Opinions

  • Fish fry a big success for Scouts

    The St. Paul Boy Scout Troop 192 would like to gratefully thank all those who supported our fish fry March 7 at the parish hall. The attendance was overwhelming.

    Thanks to all who bought tickets but were unable to come. All of our Scouts worked really hard to make this event a success. Thanks goes out to all of the adult volunteers who came and worked. The proceeds will help out a lot with expenses for this year’s summer camp, which will be at Camp Crooked Creek near Louisville.

    Thanks again.

    Mark Miller
    Troop 192

  • Facts point to benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling

    With the county’s recycling bills due last Saturday, many of us turned our thoughts to empty bottles and old newspapers as we wrote our checks to the Perry County Recycling Management District. Some of us paid the bill without hesitation, some of us grumbled as we stamped the envelope and dropped it into the mail. A few of us may not have paid it at all.

    However we feel about recycling and the annual $32 fee, all property owners, residential or commercial, in the county that generate trash are required to foot the bill.

  • A little bit of really good job news

    Larry DeBoer
    Purdue University

    The unemployment rate fell again in January, now at 6.6 percent. It’s down from 7.9 percent a year ago and from 10 percent in October 2009. This would seem to be good news, but we’re uncomfortable.

    The expansion since the Great Recession has been weak. The economy is not nearly where we want it to be. Just possibly, though, the drop in the unemployment rate in January was a sign of a stronger expansion.

  • LETTER: Remembering the victims of Parkinson’s

    Feb. 26, 2014 was declared “Parkinson’s Day of Action” by the Parkinson’s Action Network. Because this issue is very personal to me, I felt compelled to share my story to raise awareness about this disease.

    Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disease. The primary symptoms are tremors and loss of movement, as well as cognitive and behavioral changes. Currently there is no cure, therapy, or drug to slow or stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

  • COLUMN: In the bull’s eye

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    I was born in Gary and spent the first 11 years of my life as a city boy, dodging traffic and the many street gangs. My mother had relatives in Perry County fortunately, so we moved to Tell City to get away from the crime and grime of the big city.

    Saddened upon leaving my friends and neighborhood, I tried to man-up, or boy-up as was the case, but upon arriving in Perry County I soon became a victim of culture shock.

  • COLUMN: Rules in scannerland

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Have a police scanner at home? A lot of people do. I’ve been reminded of just how many on several occasions in the last several months while watching scanner owners navigate around the scenes of accidents I’ve covered.

    As a wrote several years ago, my thinking process has uncovered an idea for a new board game, perfect for those lazy afternoons when nothing is going on. You’ve heard of Candyland, but just wait until you play Scannerland.

  • EDITORIAL: Will you be part of a severe-weather problem or part of the solution?

    When a disaster strikes, will you be part of the problem or part of the solution?

    Just as it seems we’re coming out from under an onslaught of harsh weather, a declaration by the county commissioners a week ago reminds us: The severe-weather season is coming.

    They voted at their March 3 meeting to designate March 16-22 Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

  • Where Congress falls short ... and where it doesn’t

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.