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Today's Opinions

  • By the numbers: Perry County should have one school district

    More than half of Indiana’s school districts, including all three in Perry County, are too small to operate efficiently and students are suffering because of that.

    That’s according to a study released by Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research last month.

    The study, commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation, found that academic performances among school districts with fewer than 2,000 students lagged behind larger districts.

  • On Medicare, Trump missing the mark

    Ron Klink

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    President Trump doesn’t understand or care about healthcare policy.

    He recently suggested that health insurance costs just $12 a year. And he fervently supported the GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan, which would have increased deductibles from $800 to $13,000 for individuals making $26,500 a year. That’s hardly the “great health care” plan with “much lower deductibles” that the president repeatedly promised.

  • Persimmons ripening early this year

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The pear and apple orchard has been picked clean for the season: some are now applesauce and others dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten!)

  • Farm to Table dinner had many helpers

    On behalf of the Perry County Quality of Life, I would like to thank the following individuals, businesses, and organizations.  Without their support, this event would not have been as successful as it was. 

    This community effort was highlighted  on Aug. 26 as volunteers form all over the county came together to host our 2nd annual Farm to Table dinner and concert for the residents of Perry County.

  • Helicopter parent’s beware

    TAMI SILVERMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    We’ve all heard of “helicopter parents” who hover over their children, rescuing them at the first sign of struggle. I recall my child’s fourth-grade teacher instructing parents not to complete an assigned project.

    However, the picture-perfect replicas of world landmarks made it clear some families disregarded the teacher’s plea.

  • Some Rust Belt problems are of our own making

    MICHAEL HICKS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Explaining the role of international trade on manufacturing jobs and the plight of the Midwest remains a daunting task for an economics professor. Perhaps this is because the telling of fables is so spiritually comforting.

    After all, it is easy to hope that prosperity will return to some beleaguered Rust Belt town if only we can stop Chinese imports. It is much harder to admit that our real challenges are homegrown.

  • A taste of early fall

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s technically not yet autumn. Halloween is still more than a month away and thanks to a summer with abundant rainfall (and the lingering effect of a few hurricanes) lawns are green and lush. But fall is just about here and that means it’s time for harvest parties and turtle soup.

  • Cut out the political name-calling

    Our email boxes regularly runneth over with messages from political parties and, to be honest, most of those don’t get that much attention, especially in an off-year in which there are no elections.

    But a few recent emails from Indiana’s Republican party and from U.S. Senate candidate Todd Rokita concern us. They raise criticism of Sen. Joe Donnelly for profiting from a family business that had shipped jobs out of the country, in this case, Mexico.