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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Generation Gap: The life of Louie Heitkemper

    By LEO SIMPSON
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: The Perry County News is publishing  a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School. The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students. Today’s column is by Leo Simpson, who profiles the life of Louie Heitkemper.

  • COLUMN: Indiana autumns

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    We were driving the back roads in central Perry County. My wife and I were on our way to a mowing job. We’ve been cutting grass for a living for 20 years now. It’s hard, sweaty work but it keeps you in shape. We own the business and we’re outdoors and in the sun, which means a lot to both of us.

  • COLUMN: We can all use more prayers

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    A small act of kindness I tried to keep secret didn’t stay that way a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t upset and actually walked away feeling lucky for the blessings I’ve been given.

    Sitting down for lunch at King Chef, I spied a nun a few tables away. I have a soft spot in my heart for nuns and decided that I was going to buy her lunch. So I went to the checkout counter, paid for my meal and hers and asked that the sister not be told who bought her lunch.

  • EDITORIAL: Superintendent’s evaluation should be no-brainer

    Most of us with a life in the work force have goals related to our jobs. Some are set for us. Others are our ideas. In the best of situations, workplace objectives flow from a meeting of several minds and help guide our work in successful ways.

    The issue of why the Tell City-Troy Township School Board has not conducted an evaluation of Schools Superintendent Lynn Blinzinger has led or been part of several stories over the past few months. A state law passed two years ago requires boards to conduct annual evaluations of superintendents.

  • COLUMN: Chromebooks are part of Tell City students’ daily routine

    By GAGE OTTO
    News Intern

    More than 600 Google Chromebooks were handed out a few weeks ago at Tell City Junior-Senior High School and so far have been a good success and asset to the classroom. If the wireless Internet service at school is working well it certainly seems to make class simpler.

    As the Perry County News has reported, board members approved the purchase of the books to ensure all students are on as equal footing as possible when it comes to technology-based learning.

  • COLUMN: Congress should create jobs

    By JOE DONELLY
    U.S Senator

    My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help  create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree – Democrats and Republicans – that the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were a significant setback to this seemingly simple goal.

  • COLUMN: Industrial hemp potential cash crop

    By RICHARD YOUNG
    State Senator

    Indiana’s agriculture sector has long been the backbone of the Hoosier economy. In 2011 alone, the Indiana Business Research Center estimates Indiana ag contributed $37.9 billion in economic output and supported 190,000 jobs. To ensure agriculture remains a vital driver of economic activity, it’s imperative lawmakers consider common sense options to improving and diversifying yields.

  • COLUMN: Director turns ‘Gravity’ into an amazing experience

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer