Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Don’t forget to complete your ag census

    My husband and I live on a mid sized farm in northwestern Minnesota, where we grow corn, soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, and alfalfa. Several of our grown children are farmers too, raising families and teaching them how to be competent, resourceful future farmers.

    We all rely on good policy that effectively keeps farms operational – especially young farmers who need startup capital and supportive risk-management tools. So every five years, my family does something very important for our farms and communities – we complete the Census of Agriculture.

  • Tax law and rural hospitals




    One of the selling points for the tax bill President Trump signed into law a few weeks ago is that it will spur job growth because corporations will use money they otherwise would have paid in taxes to hire more workers.

    But for rural areas and small towns, one provision of the new law may result in the closure of one of their biggest employers – their hospital.

  • Late February an ideal time for pruning

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    In a fit of gratitude, I made a list of the things I loved about my life the other day. I managed eight solid things, none were frivolous; and one prompted the whole exercise: I love warm February days.

    This beautiful February day set into motion a very productive weekend. It felt so good to get some good old-fashioned garden clean up done with my husband by my side and the sheep grazing freely about. It makes you feel optimistic about the rest of your life.

  • Perry County is a wonderful place

    I am grateful to the late superintendent of Perry Central Schools, Edgar Etienne, for hiring me to teach there in 1965.

    I give the following reasons why I feel the county of Perry is wonderful:

    Reason 1: some Perry County businesses give veterans a discount on transactions; some counties do not do this. I like to consider it as a thanks for serving.

    Reason 2: Businesses Jasper Engines, Waupaca Foundry and Ivy Tech are involved with schools. An example is Commodore Manufacturing in the Perry Central School System.

  • OUR VIEW: Drug abuse pulls at the fabric of our community

    The arrests of more than 20 people last week in a joint drug sweep was, as we see it, good news and bad news.

    Police deserve credit for their work to track, identify and apprehend people accused of dealing and possessing narcotics ... methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pain pills ... that are too often bought and sold.

    The bad news is that the arrests were likely just the tip of the iceberg and evidence of how large and damaging our local drug problem is.

  • Guessing the weather

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I was in freshman German class at Heritage Hills High School and on one Saturday morning in a 1980s hog barn, I practiced my toddler-level language skills on a couple of old farmers.

    I was learning that their German dialect, passed on from the mid-1880s hadn’t kept up with the modern German I was studying in school. The pronunciation was especially different. One farmer grabbed his suspenders and frowned in disappointment as a I counted to 20 in German.

  • House committee made right choice on gun license repeal

    An Indiana House committee did the right thing in dumping a proposal to repeal the state’s handgun licensing law.

    Last week, the House Public Policy Committee stripped a bill of language that would have repealed Indiana’s permit requirement to carry a handgun.

    According to an Indianapolis Star report, Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola, the bill’s sponsor, introduced an amendment last Wednesday that voided his own bill – much to the surprise of law enforcement officers who had come to testify against the proposal due to safety concerns.

  • Advocating for at-risk children in foster care

    State Rep. Stephen Bartels

    District 74


    Substance abuse is affecting Hoosier families, communities and lives statewide, and the stories are gut-wrenching. The opioid epidemic in our state is significantly impacting those who are most vulnerable, and we must find a way to support the children suffering by no fault of their own.