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Today's Opinions

  • What’s your disaster plan?

    Natural calamities, fortunately, don’t come Perry County’s way too often. But last week’s big ice storm shows once again why it’s so important for all of us to have a plan in place when emergencies occur, no matter the season.

    As we all know, the big storm closed roads and cut power to thousands of people. We know of many who moved in with friends or neighbors or hunkered down in homes heated with wood stoves or gas fireplaces. However, several took advantage of a Red Cross shelter established at the Schergens Center in Tell City.

  • Organizations stand ready to help in times of need

    It's undeniable. We're in a recession and it's affecting most of us. The numbers are hard to peg, but over the last couple of months hundreds of good, hardworking people in Perry County have had their hours cut, lost their jobs entirely or face certain job cuts . Others aren't sure what to expect.

    Sadly, the economic woes may get worse before things improve.

  • Why does winter last so long?

    The older I get the longer winter seems to linger. This winter in particular has seemed to be a real bear. Sadly, it's only late January and there may be plenty more cold and snow coming our way. With any luck, however, the worst may be over. Maybe the groundhog will prove it next week.  

    I'm not sure why this winter has seemed so brutal. Moving from one house to another didn't help, a little post-relocation depression, perhaps. I've always been one to  rise early, and I still do, but lugging my bones from bed some mornings has been a chore.

  • Governor overlooks points in State of the State address

    Observers generally agree that the true starting point for a legislative session comes when the governor delivers his annual State of the State speech. The address, delivered before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate, enables our state’s chief executive to review what has happened over the past year and gives him a chance to detail what he would like to see accomplished in the months to come.

  • Commissioners skip critical step in buying roadway system

    A step critical in the efficient spending of government funds was apparently skipped before county commissioners voted this month to make a $100,000 purchase.

    That idea: Look around for the best deal you can find.

    If OK'd by the county council Jan. 29, the purchase approved by two of Perry County's three commissioners will provide a system for assessing the conditions of the county's 520 miles of roadway.

  • Reflections on Inauguration Day

    Tomorrow our 44th president will be inaugurated in front of millions, some there in person while others watch online or on television. And while I won't be able to see this historic event happen in person, I don't feel too bad for not being there, since as a high-school student, I attended President George W. Bush's first inauguration.

  • State faces $700 million shortfall

    The 116th Indiana General Assembly convened Jan. 7 and, by law, must adjourn by April 29. State lawmakers will spend the next few months deliberating on many issues. However, the most challenging will be crafting a new two-year state budget during an ever-worsening economy.

    The state currently faces a shortfall of more than $700 million for the current fiscal year. This will make the work of this session the most challenging in decades.

  • Daniels: State will get beyond 'frost in April'

    Editor's Note: Gov. Mitch Daniels' office forwarded a copy of the governor's inaugural address to Hoosier newspapers. It's published here as a letter to Perry County residents.

    As a matter of both good manners and necessity, second helpings should be smaller than first portions. Likewise with second pronouncements on accepting duty in the public's employ.