Today's Opinions

  • Fewer waivers, a more open government

    That the last week brought news of ethics reform for Hoosier state government is nothing new.

    What was different was that the news was encouraging.

    According to state records, government officials have been issuing fewer waivers that would let state employees take related jobs in the private sector before a yearlong wait.

    So far this year, just one waiver has been granted. That’s in contrast to the past decade, where about 10 waivers were allowed each year.

  • The chicken project




    So, one day Leonna came to me and said she was thinking of getting some chickens to live in our large enclosed back yard. I’ve been married to her long enough to know that nothing is off the table when it comes to animals. She is a certified vet tech and has worked in the field for years. I don’t think I have ever met anyone who loves animals as much as my wife.

  • The joys of doing it yourself

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    A friend of mine recently installed a small wind turbine on his rural farm. He lives in Nebraska and such systems are more common in the Great Plains than they are here. Those states have more wind and that means wind-generating turbines, both the large ones owned by utilities, and smaller ones for home or business use, make more economic sense. 

    My buddy’s turbine probably turns most of the time. That wouldn’t be the case in southern Indiana.

  • Deposit bottle nostalgia should be common practice today

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer


    news@perry countynews.com Oh those trips of yesteryear, when kids rode in the back of station wagons or under the protection of the windowed spaceship that was in fact the family car’s hatchback.

    On select days, such short trips to the grocery often meant playing a make-shift musical number with the glass bottles destined for the store’s deposit racks.

  • Helping students with dyslexia

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47


    Supporting and improving Indiana’s education system was a top priority for lawmakers during the 2015 legislative session. One part of this effort was crafting legislation aimed at supporting students with dyslexia.

    Dyslexia is a reading and learning disorder that affects 20 percent of American students. It primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent reading and spelling.

  • The buzz over rattlesnakes

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I have never been a real fan of snakes of any size, shape or color. But I have learned to coexist with them and to leave them alone as long as I’m left alone.

    That’s why I cringe when going through back issues of the News, mostly from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and come across photos of people holding dead timber rattlesnakes.

  • County leaders: Search for savings before adopting tax

    We were glad to learn the county council plans to wait some time before taking action on a public-safety tax. If adopted, Perry County workers could see an additional one-quarter of 1 percent deducted from their paychecks. That may not sound like much but as many Perry Countians know, every dollar counts.

  • All-natural labels should mean just that

    It may be taking place halfway across the country, but a federal judge’s ruling on a milk-labeling issue could have impacts that reach Indiana.

    At the root of the debate is the argument that a natural product can’t be labeled as such because it doesn’t have additives. If you’re scratching your head, it’s probably because the idea is udderly ridiculous. But that’s exactly what is happening to a creamery in Florida.