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Today's Opinions

  • Shooting stars and coyotes

    I've never had the lucky knack of being able to catch Z's on the run. Sleeping on a plane is difficult for me and afternoon power naps that perk up some people leave me feeling drowsy.


    Well, I must have been tired Thursday of Schweizer Fest Week because I fell asleep on a concrete patio watching for meteors.

  • State library should keep local decisions in local hands

    When we were younger, most if not all of our parents told us to play nice and share. As we grew older, we would hear about striving to be good neighbors and community members.

  • Which is worse, killers or retirement advisers?

    As far as we know, we could have "Professional Murderer" printed on our business cards, and we'll have committed no crime.

    An investment professional advertising him- or herself as specializing in retirement planning, however, can suffer a $10,000 fine and license revocation for advertising that service.

  • Who will guide our schools?

    "People get the government they deserve." So the old adage goes. Recent events in Bell, Calif., are proving this 200-year-old quote to be right.

    People there are outraged that their elected officials have salaries higher that the president of the United States. I have been in contact with a journalist covering the story and he tells me that these officials have been in office quite awhile for the most part, one at least 26 years.

  • Help us make Veterans Day 2010 one to remember

    Though we're still in the middle of a hot summer, autumn isn't far off and our staff's thoughts are beginning to turn toward November and Veterans Day. We plan to publish a special veteran's edition of the newspaper this year, and we need the help of our readers. Most of us know someone, living or dead, who has served in the armed forces. All you need to do to have your favorite veteran featured in The Perry County News is send us a photo of that veteran, along with some basic information.

  • Too much noise in the bedroom

    The people I go to bed with can get pretty noisy. Sometimes it's downright embarrassing.

    I don't mind a little chitchat once the lights are off, but some of the people jabbering in my ear just won't quit about how their day went, where they dined for supper or even who else they're dating!

    To be honest, the men and women whose voices I listen to from my pillow are police officers, dispatchers and the occasional pilot on barges plying the Ohio River or aircraft soaring high over New Boston.

  • More information needed for Cannelton Schools referendum

    Cannelton City Schools, citing a "funding shortage," seeks Cannelton voters' approval of a special tax increase of $.41 per $100 of assessed valuation. In the interest of having complete data on which to make an informed decision on such an important issue, the following is submitted:

    According to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, the City of Cannelton's tax rates for the last three years are as indicated below:

    Year    Total Tax Rate

    2008    $2.9909

    2009    $3.2623

  • GM's emphasis on subprime loans sends wrong message

    General Motors announced last week that it is purchasing AmeriCredit Inc. so that it can make more subprime auto loans.

    Considering that GM was one of several companies bailed out by American taxpayers last year and that losses on subprime loans were largely responsible for those companies' problems, we think this is the wrong message for GM to be sending.