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Today's Opinions

  • TC Schools excelling despite call for consolidation

    Guest Column by John Scioldo

    Superintendent, Tell City-Troy Township School Corp.

     

    In response to the recent opinion piece (Sept. 18 editorial, “By the numbers: Perry County should have one school district.”) I would like to offer some insight and clarifications that in my mind are pertinent to the claims made by the author.

  • Autumn’s activity bonanza

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Visiting the farm late last week, I caught an unmistakable smell of fall – recently harvested corn.

    If freshly mowed grass is a harbinger of spring, combines at work prove it’s autumn.

    My brothers and other farmers have begun harvesting early-planted corn, and while they won’t begin full-scale shelling of corn for another couple of weeks, the approach of harvest season is something I find exciting.

  • Make kindergarten mandatory in Indiana

    Indiana is one of 15 states that doesn’t require school attendance until age 7.

    The state’s top education official would like to change that.

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick would like to see kindergarten become mandatory in Indiana, and plans to advocate for that during the 2018 General Assembly.

    She has her work cut out for her. In previous years, bills that would have required children to attend kindergarten have stalled in the Republican-led legislature.

  • Humane Society wants to be part of the solution

    I would like to talk to you about something that is dear to my heart, the Humane Society of Perry County.

    We need people who will work and help keep it alive. When you have a group of people that will work together, you have a strong army. And that’s what we need. We realize that everyone is not an animal lover. There are more things that are important to them. In fact, the editor told me I would have to convince him and others like him why animal issues are important in our county. Help me do that.

  • Learning the many lessons of history

    Indiana University made the right decision in rejecting an effort to take down a painting that has been hanging in one of its lecture halls for more than 75 years.

    The painting by Thomas Hart Benton shows hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross in front of a church.

  • County needs only one school district

    I agree with you 100 percent on your editorial (Sept. 18 “By the Numbers:”) that there should be only one school district, as well as one high school and one superintendent. One assistant for the district is a very good idea, with the superintendent being an elected position.

     

    Luther Oost

    Tell City

  • Rumors vs. News

    I appreciate Larry Goffinet’s work at the paper as well as his passion for the Women’s Softball league, but I found his piece regarding the Women’s Softball League to be less about news and more about a personal opinion. The column itself seemed more suited as a Letter to the Editor.

    Regarding the rumor, I suspect any efforts and ideas to consolidate youth complexes are just that, ideas, not a conspiracy to slight a long-standing women’s league. As a father with young kids, I welcome conversations to consolidate our youth complexes. 

  • Saying goodbye seldom easy

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    An old Jesuit priest once told me during a 30-day retreat about the value of getting out of bed each morning and acknowledging the possibility that the coming day just might be your last.

    “Sooner or later, you’ll be right,” he quipped.

    For me, the saying is a reminder of the dangers of putting things off, saying what I might do today, I’ll wait and do tomorrow. Sooner or later, we run out of tomorrows.