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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Don’t cut programs that help the hungry

    This week, President Trump announced his budget proposal for fiscal year 2019. We are dismayed to see that this administration is laying out a plan that sets a dangerous course for many low income and vulnerable Hoosiers.

    Most devastating are the proposed cuts and structural changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

  • Gun violence’s modern cause

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perrycountynews.com

     

    Finding ways to combat youth gun violence needs a coming together of the minds, from politicians, the health sector and general public. It stems from a combination of problems: an anti-gun control preference in our nation that puts a high value on its Second Amendment rights, along with a mental-health issue that expounds from a cultural polarity that has put weapons in the mainstream and violence on a pedestal for impressionable youths.

  • Our View: Engaging young Hoosiers in civics

    Communities around Indiana are increasingly tapping into an effective way that allows for the people to whom the long-term future belongs to help plan for it.

  • Cool season weeds waiting in the wings

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I was just thinking about spring, but then I realized I should just live in the moment and be thankful that I do not have to battle weeds this time of the year! Spring and cool- season weeds will be here soon enough.

    The most common cool-season annual and perennial weeds will be germinating once our soils warm a bit. It is amazing how quickly it can happen as our days get longer and the sun shines more frequently.

  • Students help those in need

    We would like to give a special thank you to William Tell Elementary School for their food drive, which benefited the Council of Agencies.

    Also, thanks so much to any other school drive and all donations from everyone. All volunteers were very helpful and appreciated so much.

     

    Angie Garrett

    Treasurer, Council of Agencies

  • Robotics competition had many helpers

    On Saturday, Feb. 3, 26 elementary VEX robotic teams descended on William Tell Elementary School. It was our first attempt at such an endeavor which also happened to be a state qualifying event.

    I am proud to say everything went extremely well. It would not have been possible without the support of the school staff, teachers, students and the entire school corporation. The event also involved some high school teachers, school board members, and administration officials (John Scioldo was a great master of ceremonies) working at this event.

  • Indiana Senate should put brakes on payday loan bill

    Payday lenders across the state may have found a new way to skirt annual interest rate restrictions in a bill winding its way through the Indiana General Assembly.

    House Bill 1319, which passed the House last week by a 53-41 vote, would allow payday lenders to charge fees triple what Indiana law currently defines as criminal loan-sharking.

    The bill would allow storefront lenders the ability to offer short-term loans – typically about two weeks – of $605 to $1,500 with annual percentage rates up to 222 percent.

  • Valentine’s Day drama

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Valentine’s Day was one of those holidays that gave sweaty palms to 1970s third-graders. Back then, it was custom for every student to give each classmate a valentine. That might still be the practice. I should ask my nephews.