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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Why I like Perry County

    By TOM KRUEGER, GUEST COLUMNIST

    Editor’s Note: This is one of a regular series of guest columns about Perry County submitted by residents who moved to the community or who returned here after living away for several years.
    To share your story, contact Editor Vince Luecke at 547-3424 or send him an e-mail at editor@perrycountynews.com.

  • COLUMN: Stabbed in the front by friends

    BY Vince Luecke, Editor

    I’ve been a little stressed lately, for a lot of reasons. Some of the causes were beyond my control, but the way I’ve handled the situations and the stress they’ve caused me was in my control. It still is.
    So, let this column serve as a public confession of sorts. I’ve done a lousy job recently of dealing with challenging times, including circumstances when I’ve felt mistreated or had my feelings hurt.

  • EDITORIAL: Perry County Cares provides useful open-gym program

    Childhood obesity is a problem nationwide, and locally we often hear kids say there is nothing to do.
    Both problems are probably worse in July than any other month because kids are out of school and all “summer” recreation leagues (Little League, Babe Ruth League and girls softball) in Perry County concluded their seasons by the end of June. Thus, only kids who made all-star or travelling teams are still playing.
    The rest have more than a month before school starts to sit around being bored or thinking of ways to get in trouble.