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Today's Opinions

  • Bell ringers needed

    I am once again in need of your help. I am the Kettle Coordinator for the Salvation Army here in Perry County and I am in need of volunteer bell ringers. Perhaps you, your family, business, church, club, or civic organization would be willing to ring bells for us this season.

  • Knits and Knots touches lives

    A big thank you from Knits and Knots to all who helped knit or crochet items, donated yarn or money to purchase yarn in 2017.

    We delivered a total of 1,815 items to 15 different agencies. This means more than 1,800 lives have been touched by your gifts and talents. Thanks, again.

     

    PAM MOREY

    Knits and Knots

  • Honoring our veterans

    It is time to honor the Vets who made the ultimate sacrifice by visiting their graves: also to help the disabled veterans who have suffered and are suffering from their wounds. Thanks to the businesses who give veterans a discount as a thanks for serving.

    I am a handicapped military vet, but I can do a lot for veterans and have done so for a long time. By golly, I can help them!

    Many veterans have put their lives on the line, so it is an honor to help them.

    It is pitiful the way the veterans have been and are treated.

  • Teaching our children to be grateful givers

    Tami Silverman

    Indiana Youth Institute

     

    It’s the time of year when many of us plan big family meals, decorate our homes and start holiday shopping. At the same time, we have all heard the phrase “it’s better to give than to receive.”

    Yet, amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, how do we teach our children to go beyond consumerism to focus on gratitude and the needs of others?

  • Saving for higher education

    Erin Houchin

    State Sen. District 47

     

    Planning for children to receive a college degree can seem like a daunting task, and I understand that firsthand as the mother of three young kids. Over the last several years, we have seen what seems like annual increases in the costs of higher education.

  • Winter strawberry bed care

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    If you want strawberries from your garden next season, you should do a little mulching now in order to protect the buds that have already been set. These buds were set back in August, in fact. 

    The weather was decent at the time so it should be a good year for the berries; as long as they make it through the winter unscathed.

  • The skunk under the steps

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I have a skunk living, or at least visiting regularly, underneath the concrete steps leading to my house in New Boston. The animal, which is large and has more white on it than most skunks I see,  hasn’t caused any real issues thus far, other than scaring me twice and causing me anxiety every time I walk to the house.

  • Preserve Indiana’s status as Crossroads of America

    The North American Free Trade Agreement has been much derided and awkwardly defended since it entered force in 1994. Many younger members of the workforce have never known a world without it, or the dire warnings of former independent presidential candidate Ross Perot. Insurgent fervor in both parties in last year’s elections showed that NAFTA, and the economy built around it, still weighs heavily.