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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: ‘Cowboy Tex’ on a roll at 84

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I’ve yet to meet Charles Schnell in person but I regularly get letters from the man who has double personas, “Cowboy Tex” and “Super Commodore.” A recent note shared news of the Jasper man and retired Perry Central teacher marking 70 years in music.

    Schnell, who recently marked his 84th birthday, said he is producing his first music compact disc with 11 of the 94 songs he has composed since 2002.

  • EDITORIAL: School board asleep at the wheel in Cannelton

    It’s unlikely Marion “Al” Chapman will stand trial on charges of theft or official misconduct. As the News reported last month, Chapman signed a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to two counts of misconduct in return for theft charges being dismissed.

    If Judge Lucy G. Coffinet accepts the agreement when Chapman is due to be sentenced this month, the former superintendent of Cannelton City Schools will receive a suspended prison sentence and probation. In other words, he won’t serve any additional jail time.

  • COLUMN: Democrats stand by women in multitude of fights

    By DALE GROVES
    Guest Columnist

    I don’t normally respond to letters in the Perry County News, but two recent issues in our community need to be addressed.

    The first is in regard to a sign I placed for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There has been some confusion and misunderstanding surrounding this sign. I created the sign to show support for women’s issues, including breast cancer awareness.

  • LETTER: Donations sought for VFW’s Avenue of Flags

    The Avenue of Flags is a project that Perry County has more than welcomed and supported over the past eight years.

    The names of fallen heroes who are our love ones are displayed three times a year for all to see and to share their remembrance. The freedom of our nation is a price paid for by their deaths as they were killed in action defending the gates of freedom.

  • LETTER: Democrats’ ‘War on Women’ sign trying to create local issue when there is none

    Last week a sign with the words “Stop the War on Women. Vote Democrat” was placed at the corner of 12th Street and Indiana 37 in Tell City. It seems local Democratic Party leaders are once again trying to make an issue of something that is a non-issue on the local level.

    The first time they put up a sign it implied that their friends and neighbors who happen to be Republicans did not support our troops. This is an inference that was ridiculous and completely untrue.

  • COLUMN: A great place to call home

    By MARK WAHL
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Quality of Life Committee sponsored by the Perry County Development Corp. is sharing stories of people who have moved to Perry County or who have returned here after several years away.

    As I read the Perry County News, I notice the letters written by community members who have moved into the area. The letters are interesting and heartfelt. Then it clicked that I should write a letter that would encapsulate the move my family made from Santa Claus to Tell City.

  • COLUMN: Playing kids and graveyard laughter

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I’m not the one to go around telling ghost stories, even if Halloween is coming, but I’m pretty sure I overheard the laughter of departed souls Sunday.

  • EDITORIAL: The benefits of keeping it local

    Last Tuesday’s state-candidates forum included a question about ways the legislature can promote shopping, buying and eating locally. Responses included setting an example by committing to local buying, more aggressive marketing efforts, passing legislation that makes it easier for producers and merchants to sell their products at farmers markets, and closing corporate loopholes to shift the tax burden off of families and individuals, thereby increasing disposable income.