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Today's Opinions

  • Schnell enjoys newspaper subscription, visits to Perry Central sporting events

    Just recently, another Perry Countian gave me a compliment on my previous letters to the editors in the fine Perry County News. The person happened to be a graduate of Perry Central High School.

    I’ve been informed, by the editor of the Perry County News that letters to the editor may be submitted about every six weeks. I wasn’t aware of that ruling, but I’ll certainly abide by it.

  • New scooter law makes sense but could have been better

    A new law affecting motorized scooters passed by the Indiana General Assembly this year makes sense but could have been a little better.

    Scooters, also known as motorized bicycles or mopeds, are now required to be licensed and their drivers are now required to have state-issued identification cards with scooter endorsements.

    Those IDs and scooter license plates can be obtained at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for a $17.30 fee plus a $10 excise charge.

  • Tell City annexation and situational politics

    JACK JOYCE
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    What we have here is “situational politics,” a belief that the end justifies the means. For two or perhaps three decades, Tell City politicians have discussed the imperative of annexation but the dominant political party has never gained the political courage to actually vote for an annexation ordinance.

    There is basically one reason. The local rural electrification cooperative, currently known as Southern Indiana Power.

  • Senate continues its work

    Joe Donnelly
    U.S. Senate

    Fellow Hoosiers, I want to take a moment to give you an update on my Indiana-focused efforts in the U.S. Senate. In January, my office released a 2013 annual report that provides a look at my legislative efforts, an over-view of my work on behalf of Hoosiers, and a snapshot of my travels around Indiana in 2013.

    You can view the report on my website at www.donnelly.senate.gov. I’d like to fill you in on the progress we’ve made so far in 2014 on some of the priorities detailed in this report.

  • 2014 legislative session comes to a close

    State Rep.
    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74

    The Indiana General Assembly has reached the end of their legislative session and has adjourned.

    This session has been packed from start to finish with compelling debate, and I believe we have great legislation to show for it. Chief among that legislation are the House Republican’s agenda bills, which stand out as the biggest goals the House chose to focus on this session. I’m pleased to say that after 10 weeks of the legislative session, the House was able to accomplish all of these goals.

  • Fish fry a big success for Scouts

    The St. Paul Boy Scout Troop 192 would like to gratefully thank all those who supported our fish fry March 7 at the parish hall. The attendance was overwhelming.

    Thanks to all who bought tickets but were unable to come. All of our Scouts worked really hard to make this event a success. Thanks goes out to all of the adult volunteers who came and worked. The proceeds will help out a lot with expenses for this year’s summer camp, which will be at Camp Crooked Creek near Louisville.

    Thanks again.

    Mark Miller
    Troop 192

  • Facts point to benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling

    With the county’s recycling bills due last Saturday, many of us turned our thoughts to empty bottles and old newspapers as we wrote our checks to the Perry County Recycling Management District. Some of us paid the bill without hesitation, some of us grumbled as we stamped the envelope and dropped it into the mail. A few of us may not have paid it at all.

    However we feel about recycling and the annual $32 fee, all property owners, residential or commercial, in the county that generate trash are required to foot the bill.

  • A little bit of really good job news

    Larry DeBoer
    Purdue University

    The unemployment rate fell again in January, now at 6.6 percent. It’s down from 7.9 percent a year ago and from 10 percent in October 2009. This would seem to be good news, but we’re uncomfortable.

    The expansion since the Great Recession has been weak. The economy is not nearly where we want it to be. Just possibly, though, the drop in the unemployment rate in January was a sign of a stronger expansion.