Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Courcier family roots run deep in our county

    I couldn’t help but want to add to your story of Courcier Hill, to bring to life the people who bear its name. So, often names that were once prominent in our county’s history, like time, simply fade away and becomes forgotten memories.

    This family, believe it or not, still has many descendants in Perry County yet today, but many may not be aware of the great tribute their family did for our country in several of our greatest conflicts.

  • LETTER: Food coalition thankful for donations

    The Perry County Food Coalition would like to take this opportunity to thank the United Way of Perry County for financial support of our organization.

  • COLUMN: What’s new with homeowners’ property-tax bills for 2013?

    Guest Columnist

    We’ve got most of the property-tax numbers for 2013 now. Let’s look at what happened to homeowner tax bills.

    Why homeowners and not farmers, landlords or business owners? Because there are more homeowners than any other kind of property owner. Besides, I’m a homeowner and I want to know.

    The Legislative Services Agency is posting its annual reports on the property tax by county for 2013.

    Disclaimer: I helped.

  • COLUMN: Disability Cheats:

    Guest Columnist

    Mr. Luecke, I also watched the “60 Minutes” story Oct. 6 by CBS journalist Steve Kroft. I want to offer a few points from my personal experiences about disability claims and why they have reached the $12 million level of payments.

  • COLUMN: Fond memories of Capers

    Guest Columnist

    I was fortunate enough to work for Chris Watts at Pony Express Pizza when he purchased the old Odd Fellows Lodge building at 701 Main St. in Tell City. No doubt I was a cheap source of labor for the two years of demolition and renovation.

    There is no shortage of stories resulting from the adventure that was its creation.

    Sadly, these have mostly remained inside jokes, recalled only in private over a round of drinks. I hope to share a glimpse into what made Capers so unique.

  • COLUMN: Cheers for SMV signs


    There was no collision and I wouldn’t even label it a close call but a driver in a bit of a hurry had to slow quickly in front of me last week as he rounded a curve on a state road. In front of him was a large grain cart, being pulled by a tractor. Obviously, the tractor was traveling a lot slower than the vehicles it was sharing the roadway with.

  • EDITORIAL: Businesses shouldn’t try to mislead the public

    Adlai Stevenson said in the 1950s that politicians should “talk sense to the people.” But neither they nor businesses are doing that yet, and it’s hard to tell which group is copying the other.

    Both try to mislead the people as they try to sell a product. The politicians are selling themselves, though, and people can at least see that the size of the politician has not changed, though he may mislead the people about his or his opponent’s position on issues.

  • LETTER: Big Brothers-Big Sisters rely on UW support

    We are so thankful to have been awarded $7,500 from the United Way of Perry County to support the growth of our mentoring programs in Perry County in 2014.

    I hear from the schools all the time that more kids need mentors, but we did not have the funding to support the need.

    Thank you to every individual and business that supported the United Way campaign – you are now our partner giving more children a caring adult in their life.