Today's Opinions

  • What do we mean by ‘representative government’?

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    With a presidential election year fast approaching, we’re in for a lot of public talk about the state of American democracy. Much of that discussion will be insightful and thought-provoking, but there’s a good chance you’ll also find a lot of it vague and hard to pin down.

    There’s a reason for this. Even our political leaders, the people who are most familiar with the system’s workings, have a hard time describing it.

  • Indiana Bicentennial plans shifting into high gear

    Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman

    Indiana Bicentennial Commission co-chairs


    Indiana has seen abundant change since Dec. 11, 1816, when it was admitted as the 19th state in the union.

    Back then, mountain lions roamed our thick forests and elk grazed our prairies. The majestic bison, so legendary among both Native Americans and European settlers, already was nearly gone, but a few still roamed Indiana’s western edge.

  • United Way needs your help to build a better Perry County

    United Way of Perry County’s yearly campaign is in full swing and your help is needed to make it a success. This year’s campaign hopes to raise $125,000 for groups that provide important services in our community.

    The community’s combined gifts to United Way will help build our community and make Perry County a better place to live and work.

  • Politicians and our economy

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it, we’re headed for the fiscal rocks.

  • FOP lodge’s Jeep ride a rip-roaring success
  • The Incredible Dr. Waldhier

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I handle the weekly “Looking Back” feature that runs on the front of Thursday’s Lifestyle section. I enjoy looking over back issues and the task of summarizing news snippets from 70, 50 and 25 years ago. The weekly job shouldn’t require that much time but I always get pulled into the stories so it takes me much longer than it should.

  • Clerk who refuses to issue licenses should resign

    The old saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” correctly indicates that most issues in life involving making choices – one can’t have it both ways. But that is what Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis is trying to do.

    Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples even though she has been ordered to do so by a federal judge and has lost every appeal, including one to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Taxpayers can no longer afford county workers’ Cadillac insurance plan

    At a time when local governmental bodies throughout our nation are struggling with their budgets, cost-cutting becomes a central issue. But not in Perry County.

    County commissioners, county council and all county employees enjoy a Cadillac health plan that would be the envy of local governments anywhere. They get fat-cat insurance and you and I pay the bill.

    A few statistics that may raise your eyebrows and your temper:

    Private Sector

    Average deductible