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Today's Opinions

  • Trump’s $54 billion increase in military spending unwarranted

    President Donald Trump presented a budget outline last week that included a $54 billion increase in defense spending and an equivalent decrease in non-defense, discretionary spending. We think our nation would be better served by a budget doing the opposite in each of those areas.

    Trump said the nearly 10 percent increase in the military budget is needed “to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.”

    But our “depleted military” is a myth.

  • Be ready for severe weather

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Perry Countians will mark the 43rd anniversary of the April 1974 outbreak of tornadoes that tore across several U.S. states. Nearly 150 tornadoes killed 319 people that day, including two citizens in Perry County.

    Those of us old enough still have vivid memories of that day. Just last week tornadoes struck in nearby counties, including Dubois and Posey counties.

  • Space debris and life

    Jake Bethel

    Feature Writer

    lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    Millions of pieces of man-made debris – space junk – orbit the Earth as I begin to type this column. As your eyes dart from word to word, there are a myriad of objects, from portions of abandoned spacecrafts to tiny paint chips, traveling at 17,500 miles per hour around the planet.

  • Know your humane society

    First of all, we are not the animal shelter, but rather, a totally separate organization which sometimes works with the shelter on projects that have a common purpose. We receive no money from the county, state or any city. We are funded through our membership fees, only $5 per year, special events such as yard sales and through donations from generous individuals like you.

    We do not board animals and do not have animals for adoption. We do maintain a shelter which is used for short term care of animals in emergency situations.

  • Push for redistricting reform

    We should’ve known it would be too much to ask.

    How could a legislative committee chair balk at an opportunity to do the right thing by establishing an independent commission to create state and congressional maps, ultimately removing politics from the redistricting process?

    It’s easy when the political party in charge — Republican or Democrat — is intent on holding onto its power.

  • Looking ahead to St. Patty’s Day

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’m not much into green beer and while I’m a fan of corned beef, I can do without cabbage.

    St. Patrick’s Day is still a few weeks away and while lots of us will be wearing green, a lack of Irish heritage doesn’t inspire me to truly celebrate the day like those whose family trees have roots in the Emerald Isle.

  • Citizens Police Academy can do good work

    Thursday’s story about a soon-to-form Citizens Police Academy is welcome news. We hope the program helps to better share the good work of local law enforcement and will help to advance the already-strong relationships between the community and local law enforcement.

    Too often it’s the rare mistake by an officer that makes the news and causes us to overlook police departments’ record of good work in enforcing laws and keeping our streets safe, while respecting the rights of citizens.

  • Communication is essential

    HANNAH HUBERT

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series on workplace ethics. This one was written by Hannah Hubert, a Perry Central senior.

     

    The vast majority of all challenges we may attempt to overcome in life cannot be accomplished without communication.  Effective communication not only helps us achieve our goals and work toward success, but also characterizes our ability to get along with others, and the amount of confidence we hold in ourselves.