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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Why we like living in Perry County, Indiana

    By JONATHAN and GRETCHEN PORIER

    We moved here last summer from the northeast where we lived most of our lives. One of the biggest differences we have noticed is that neighbors take the time to stop by and introduce themselves when we moved into the neighborhood, some even bearing gifts such as cookies!

    Recently, I was unsuccessful with an attempt to start a lawn mower. Another neighbor, whom I hadn’t met yet, came over and offered the use of theirs. Another example occurred when we were raking up leaves during spring cleaning.

  • COLUMN: Dragging Main: A blast from the past

    By JEANENE CHAMPION, Guest Columnist

    Dragging Main! What a great idea. I am K. Jeanene Haynes Champion. In 1949, I had a 1936 Chevy with a whooptie, whoo, whoo, whistle on it.

    I moved from South Bend to Grandview after graduating in 1949. I started working at General Electric and met Mary Lou (Poehlein) Parker, Mary (Tabelman) Wilgus, Jessie (Young) Schroeder, Nita Meyers and Dot (Lasher) Kessner.

  • COLUMN: Stories I’d like to write

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Someone asked me not long ago about what stories I’d like to write if I had the time. I clicked off a few ideas but I’ve thought about the question since then.

    The list has grown longer and I’ll mention a few here in hopes readers can help contact me with feature stories. Most of these are outdoors related, a sign, perhaps, that I wish I could be outside more. If you or someone you know participates in any of these activities, call me at 547-3424 or drop me an e-mail at editor@perrycountynews.com.

  • EDITORIAL: Cheers for the U.S. space shuttle program

    An era of space exploration and advancement came to an end last week and we’re all the richer for the collective effort of the nation’s three-decades-old shuttle program.

    The space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth Thursday morning. Its successful voyage marked the 135th shuttle mission and the iconic images of the orbitters’ attached external fuel tanks hurtling into space amid plumes of smoke is something we will all remember.

  • COLUMN: Proposed transparency measure is ripe for abuse

    By THOMAS SCHATZ, Guest Columnist

    The lowest qualified bid by the most competent contestant traditionally wins the government contract. Unfortunately, the “change” gang now wants to fiddle with this decades-old, generally reliable formula.

  • 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.