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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Derby Riverfest run drew 92 participants

    The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people and organizations that made our 5-kilometer run-walk event successful.

    A total of 92 runners and walkers participated this year.

  • LETTER: Be respectful when setting off fireworks

    Why do Tell City residents need to celebrate with firecracker bombs year-round? Being a stroke victim, even the smallest noises make me anxious and nervous, so I am sure those noises affect seniors as well.

    As I am only in my mid-50s, these types of firecrackers affect small-breed dogs, also. I have a mini Shitzu who tries to hide and even the thunder jacket I bought for her does not comfort here.

    So is it necessary to celebrate with such loud fireworks for such a long time?

  • COLUMN: Immigration bill makes mistakes

    By DAN COATS
    U.S. Senate

    In Indiana and across the country, concerned citizens are losing more and more faith in their government. Sadly they have every reason to after a series of recent scandals and broken promises under this administration.

    Congress must take this growing trust deficit seriously. Most Hoosiers I visit with are skeptical of any action taken right now in Washington.

  • COLUMN: A Schweizer Fest to-do list

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Independence Day is behind us and that means another Schweizer Fest is just around the corner.

    Mid- to late-summer weeks are a busy time for many of us with vacations, back-to-school preparations and, for many, 4-H fair events. However, Schweizer Fest is the county’s largest festival and nearly all of us take part in one way or another.

    I have two requests. First, I’ d like you to dust off that photo album.

  • EDITORIAL: Speeding in neighborhoods is not tolerable

    At the June 17 meeting of the Tell City Board of Works and Safety, residents of the 200 and 300 blocks of Ninth Street gathered to ask for help. Speeding has become a major problem in their neighborhood, they said, and a very dangerous problem, especially when there are several children that live on the street and elderly residents as well.

  • COLUMN: Democracy’s essential ingredient

    Lee Hamilton, Center for Congress

    For those of us who think and write about democracy, few things are more appealing than a book about how to make it work better. My shelves groan with them. They contain a lot of good and helpful ideas for how to make government and civil institutions stronger and more effective.
    But over time, I’ve concluded that as complicated as democracy’s workings might be, one thing matters above all else: effective leadership. It might not guarantee results, but without it, nothing much happens.

  • COLUMN: When nature strikes, don’t become sightseers

    Vince Luecke, Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com
    It’s human nature to be curious when big news events occur, whether large fires, drug labs or storms like last week’s tornado.
    But I don’t know why so many people put themselves and others in danger by trying to get first-hand views. There are too many sightseers and police – especially when they just arrive on the scene – don’t have time to cordon off the scene or shoo away spectators.

  • EDITORIAL: Voters must look past Supreme Court to protect their own rights

    As if the forces of voter disenfranchisement were not out in sufficient numbers already, the Supreme Court opened a door and posted a welcome sign over it.
    They issued several rulings last week, and those regarding gay marriage dominated the resulting media coverage. Those rulings are important, but because far more Americans are voters than are gay, we respectfully draw your attention to their 5-4 striking down of a formula key to the implementation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.