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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Plan a ‘staycation’ at home

    By CHRIS ZIMMER
    Guest Columnist

    People don’t have to travel far to vacation in premier national forest recreation areas, some of which are free. There are several free or reasonably-priced campgrounds on the Hoosier National Forest, where people can enjoy a “staycation” close to home.

  • COLUMN: A special place to live

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Michelle Duncan, a fourth-grade teacher at Perry Central, asked her class – in the days before the end of the school year – to write about why Perry County is a great place to live.

    Students were assigned to write letters to the editor. Michelle chose three letters and submitted them for publication. Those penned by Alyssa Hinton, Mallory Lynch and Chyanne Austin were among the best. I’m sure they were all interesting.

  • EDITORIAL: Nonpartisan blanket primary would likely increase voter turnout

    In Indiana’s primary election this year some Democrats wanted to vote for Richard Lugar in the Republican senate race but wanted to vote for their favorite Democratic candidates in other races.

    Under Indiana election law, they could not do both, though. They had to choose a ballot with only Republican candidates or one with only Democratic candidates.

    But under a California election law adopted by voters as Proposition 14 in 2010, voters could do both.

  • ‘Prometheus’ a complex,entertaining film masterpiece

    Eric Harris

    Film Review

    The main discussion concerning “Prometheus” is whether or not the film is a prequel to Ridley Scott’s classic, “Alien.” The cast and crew have been vague about it, at most admitting that there’s some “Alien” DNA in the film. I think they’ve been dodging the question not because of spoilers but because of revenue. 

  • LETTER: News’ bicycle-safety editorial appreciated

    I appreciated the “Our View” article, “Be Mindful of Bicyclists” in the June 4 Perry County News.

    I am an avid cyclist and have been for the past three decades. My hobby began during my college years at Indiana University. I log between 1,500 and 2,000 miles annually on the roadways in Perry County and neighboring Kentucky. My typical two-hour outings cover from 25-30 miles each several days a week.

  • LETTER: Central area of county no place for a landfill

    On Wednesday, June 20, the commissioners of this county will vote on the rezoning of 200 acres in the Gatchel area from conservation to heavy industrial. This area is intended to become Waupaca’s new landfill and the home to the foundry’s waste and dust.

  • COLUMN: Television: Turn it off!

    By TIM KLOEPPEL
    Guest Columnist

    It is common in the United States today for the average family to spend several hours a day watching television. Though on the surface it may seem a harmless pastime, television viewing has an unbelievable impact on the way we act and think.

  • COLUMN: Hobos and homelessness

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Dorothy Tomlison, who until recently lived near Evanston, mailed me newspaper and magazine clippings about hobos.

    Being a hobo was quite a popular occupation in decades past, such as during the Great Depression, not out of choice, but necessity.

    Times were tough and people lost homes and farms. That necessitated hitting the road – or the railroad – in search of jobs and opportunities.