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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN - A visit by fairies?

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I’ve heard of crop circles but Friday’s discovery of a mushroom circle on the family farm took me by surprise. I’d seen mushroom rings before but didn’t know much about the natural process that creates them or the sometimes eerie traditions associated with them.

    In fact, the rings are sometimes called fairy rings or elf circles. A little research turned up all kinds of interesting bits of history and lore.

  • EDITORIAL - Together we can lessen impact of suicide

    September is Suicide Prevention Month and today begins National Suicide Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.”

    The Perry County News joins others across the nation this week in supporting suicide prevention.

    According to the most recent statistics (2011) released by the Center for Disease Control, Indiana ranks 29th in the country for suicide rates and rankings among all age groups combined; 34th for people 65 and older and 39th for 15- to 24-year-olds.

  • As growing season nears end, cover crops prove multi-purpose

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardner

    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand and hoe.  I started using cover crops about 5 years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness.  

    While many disease pathogens winter over on plant debris and an equal amount remain viable in the soil it means we need to strategize to keep the garden relatively clean.  

  • LETTER: Board should force Chinn to prove his case

    According to a recent news article, Bruce Chinn will be paid $37,800 for vacation time not used by him. The article clearly indicated that liability for this debt was questionable, but Dr. Gene Ress, Mack Cail and Larry Kleeman agreed to pay the full amount.

    If the debt was questionable, why was it not negotiated rather than paid in full? I recently discussed the matter with Mack Cail. His immediate response was that “we would have lost the case and it would have cost us $100,000 to defend it.”

  • LETTER: Back-to-school cookouts a big success

    Cannelton, Perry Central and Tell City-Troy Township school systems would like to thank all the individuals, organizations and businesses that contributed to the success of this year’s back-to-school cookouts.

    The turnouts were great with thousands of students and parents who enjoyed getting together with their friends, teachers and other Perry County families to kick off the new school year during these annual fun events.

  • EDITORIAL: River Pointe project, including proposed community center, good addition to downtown Tell City

    Cities across the nation are trying to revitalize their downtown areas, and Tell City is no exception. The planned River Pointe project on Seventh Street on the former Tell City Chair Co. property is a big step in that direction.

  • COLUMN: To kill the cricket (or not)

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I have a cricket in my house but I’m not sure whether to feel grateful or resentful.

  • COLUMN: Newspaper degrades itself, students in Cannelton coverage

    By ROGER FISHER
    Guest Columnist

    I am on my third year as principal in Cannelton City Schools and I have worked in three schools prior to coming to Cannelton, at Mitchell, Paoli and Springs Valley.