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Today's Opinions

  • Hoosiers deserve annexation reform

    Indiana Farm Bureau and its members are not opposed to annexation when it is voluntary. However, the forced annexation process that Indiana currently allows is heavily weighted in favor of cities and towns. That is simply not fair.

    If the leaders of a city or town decide they want to annex an area and the landowners are not willing to be annexed, those landowners have two alternatives: Give in, or take the town to court.

    The lives of those landowners will change overnight. They cannot imagine the amount of work or money needed to fight off an annexation.

  • We must embrace our history

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

    reporter@spencercounty journal.com

     

    I recently had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Father Cyprian Davis at St. Meinrad Archabbey about his experiences in Selma, Ala., and the civil-rights movement as a whole.

  • Options bound when it comes to French green beans

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I have loved green beans ever since I grew Tenderette in the fifth grade for my 4-H project at Simpsonville Elementary. 

    Now, I primarily grow the filet types of green beans, or what many call French beans or haricots verts (green bean in French). Why the European designation? Benjamin Watson explains, “Americans prefer those varieties of snap beans that remain stringless for a long time on the bush or remain fresh in the refrigerator for a long time after picking.

  • Lost and found in the Hoosier National Forest

    Vicki Gullang-Harris

    Hoosier National Forest

     

    Spring is a wonderful time to spend outdoors. Unfortunately, for some adventurous folks who venture off trail, a day of fun exploration could turn to fear as they realize they have become lost.

    With a bit of preparation, becoming lost can be avoided. Proper planning helps ensure your safety. It will also increase your ability to deal with unexpected situations should they arise. 

  • Touched by a tornado

    JIM ADKINS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    ThePerry County News recently had a story recalling the April 1974 outbreak of tornadoes that rampaged across our region. After reading about and remembering that episode from years ago, I thought I’d write a personal account about a more recent occurrence of deadly winds that tore through southern Indiana. April is tornado season here, and as the News suggested, we should all be prepared for the capricious nature of the weather.

  • A silly dare and a nun

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    I don’t have a lot of time to attend auctions but I suspect quite a few people will be interested in one coming up April 30. A variety of items, including school desks, from St. Mark Church’s rectory and former school will hit the auction block at 5 p.m. at Dixon’s Auction Service in Tell City. Several folks from the parish showed me a few of the desks that will be auctioned.

  • RFRA’s quick passage shows state government needs more balance

    When the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate was dedicated in Boston last month, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, great-nephew of the man the institute is named for, made some interesting comments about the way Congress works.

  • Risse is what Tell City needs for progress

    My name is Jason Robert Sprinkle and I was born and raised in Tell City.

    I graduated from Tell City High School in 2008, from Indiana University Bloomington in 2012, and this May I will graduate with my law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. I am writing this letter to the editor because I would like to see more young people involved in developing our community.