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Today's Opinions

  • Our View: Troy Town Board: Don’t fall asleep at the wheel

    Just a few blocks from the rising Ohio River, Troy Town council members continue to paddle around their own turbulent waters. Meanwhile, residents and current and potential business interests are waiting, watching and taking note.

    The board – and town staff – have struggled through several challenges over the past year. In February, Bret Kleeman was appointed to replace John Mathena, who resigned in January.

  • Ivory apocalypse: Market needs more product

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    As an American, I have only seen elephants at the usual places and never knowingly held a piece of ivory in my hand. Honestly, it’s not a top-of-mind topic for me. So, maybe, I’m out of touch with the fever-pitch necessity surrounding crushing theme behind the eradication of the ivory trade.

    “We’re not only crushing ivory, we’re crushing the ivory market.” U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a recent demonstration.

  • ‘Magic Mike’ is back for a fun, drama-free, time

    Eric Harris

    Film Review

     

    It’s always interesting to watch a film that is not intended for you at all. This has been my experience with “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the first “Magic Mike.”

    Each time, I wasn’t watching the movies so much as I was conducting a social observation: what do women want in their movies?

    Most people think of romantic movies when they think of movies intended for women, but those movies are really meant for couples to watch.

  • Foliar diseases spread in wet weather

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The wet summer so far has made for a great weed season and some soggy looking vegetable gardens!  Those that are part of the fungi family are having a real ball!  Gardeners are wondering about the toadstools popping up in their lawns; others are confounded by the stinky, phallic-looking things poking through their mulch, a mushroom commonly called the stinkhorn; and the slimy orange globs on cedar trees got many thinking aliens had landed in their landscape. 

  • Changing the high court would be overreacting

    People who usually revere the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution today are voicing doubts about whether the founders got it right with respect to the Supreme Court.

    The critics’ misgivings come in the wake of two decisions they disliked – the court’s recent upholding of the federal health-care law and, more divisively, the ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.

  • Forgiveness in Charleston

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Men and women who had every reason to voice hatred toward Dylann Roof, the accused Charleston, S.C., church shooter, instead forgave him when he appeared before them last month via a closed-circuit TV camera. Even before their family members’ funerals, with Emmanuel AME Church a crime scene, the loved ones of men and women killed in cold blood offered words of forgiveness.

  • Pence’s challenge to EPA: Good for Indiana or bad?

    DONALD NEWELL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    On Wednesday, June 24, Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter to Barack Obama stating that if the EPA’s final Clean Power Plan was not “demonstrably and significantly improved” from the proposed plan the EPA issued on June 2nd, 2014, that Indiana would not comply with the rule. 

  • Lots of help made picnic a success

    St. Paul Church picnic 2015 is history. It was a warm, dry Sunday afternoon in the Park. If you didn’t come, you missed a lot of games for the kids,  adult games and good fellowship.

    You missed some good food, both in the air- conditioned Parish Hall or some tasty brats, burgers and dogs in the park.

    I must begin by thanking God for such a perfectly, nice summer picnic day.