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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Stingy? No. Thrifty? Yes

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I grew up appreciating the value of a dollar and while I don’t pinch pennies as tight as some people, I don’t like to let things go to waste.

  • EDITORIAL: Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to postal dilemma

    To ensure its future, the United States Postal Service must do more than seek short-term fixes to its long-term financial problems. Year after year, the United States Postal Service continues to raise postal rates to cover its growing expenses without adequately addressing its significant underlying organizational and operational issues. Instead it is offering to cut service by eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

  • COLUMN: Class-size math not so simple

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ, Guest Columnist

    Doing the math on education funding has many Indiana school districts sizing up class size.

    School funding reductions have persuaded some Hoosier schools to cut faculty. Ball State researchers estimated the average school district has laid off nine teachers and five teacher aids. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, that leaves about 17 students per teacher. The national average is 15.

  • LETTER: Perry County needs animal-control officer

    I’m writing in regard to an article in the Sept. 5 issue of The Perry County News concerning an animal-control ordinance.

    However this letter is not about the ordinance, I’m just expressing my opinions on some of the statements made.

    First of all, Jim Carter would never purposely mislead the public concerning animal welfare. If there is confusion or misunderstanding, ask him and he will explain.

  • LETTER: CHS student a model of student leadership

    Many thanks to Mikah Hemmings, a sophomore at Cannelton High School, for her efforts in planning and executing a service-learning project to clean up the landscaping around the William Bennett Early Learning Center and its bump-outs along Washington Street in Cannelton.

    We also appreciate the following individuals and companies who assisted in this fully donated effort:  Ralph Terry and Special-T Lawn Service, Tell City Wal-Mart, The Green House, Family Roots Nursery, Jewel James, Scott Hemmings and Cheop of Jasper.

  • LETTER: Campaign signs and churches shouldn’t mix

    It is that time of year again when lawns sprout thin-legged signs and highway berms are decorated with banners and encouragement to vote for this or that candidate. Our newspapers and television screen are covered in vitriolic partisanship. It sometimes feels like our democracy has been overrun by the demons of darkness so as to discourage the average citizen from voting.

  • COLUMN: War of 1812 to be discussed

    By DONNA MASON, Guest Columnist

    The Second War for Independence played a great part in the settlement of Perry County. A reward for being a soldier in the War of 1812 was a bounty of land. Many families of those who received bounty land in Perry County still live here. Some of those family names are Weatherholt, Cunningham, Frakes, Connor, Alvey, Murphy, Weedman and many others who settled in Perry County and are buried here.

  • COLUMN: Ordinance strives to be fair

    By JAMES CARTER, Guest Columnist

    After reading Mr. Robinson’s articles and his concerns about his obvious confusion concerning the proposed animal ordinance, the Humane Society needs to clear up some misconceptions.

    The first and foremost misconception that Mr. Robinson has is his lack of understanding of why the commissioners agreed to have a committee form in the first place.