Today's Opinions

  • The importance of words

    We must never let words control our thoughts; we must control them. Incorrect usage of words and punctuation can produce confusion, miscomprehension and improper conclusions in the mind of the reader.

    In the past the incorrect usage of words and punctuation have produced disastrous consequences.

    V.I. Lenin misplaced a simple comma while writing a directive which resulted in the mass murder of thousands.

  • Inching toward citizen-led redistricting

    Kelly Hawes

    Guest Columnist


    Julia Vaughn believes redistricting reform has a real chance of passing in the coming session of the Indiana General Assembly.

    Vaughn is the policy director for Common Cause Indiana, and she has been traveling the state to build support for a more open and fair process.

    “The growth in grassroots support has been tremendous,” she said.

    The effort has some powerful allies, including House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

  • Winter settles in … commit to a new gardening year in 2018

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    While the winter slowdown has not yet happened, it does seem to be around the corner. Or is that just wishful thinking? At any rate, winter is a time to regroup and plan for another year at the farm. We always do some serious infrastructure planning to improve our management of pastured chickens and grazing sheep.

  • Shared goals for our children in 2018

    Tami Silverman

    Indiana Youth Institute


    Adults often make New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, quit smoking, learn a new skill and manage money better. But should kids also make resolutions?

    Studies show goal setting can build children’s resilience, confidence and motivation. Yet it’s important we understand how goal setting is different for children. With the right approach, building our children’s ability to set appropriate goals can put them on a path to long-term success.

  • Viewpoint: The time has come for paid parental leave

    This editorial first appeared in the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star.


    Only 12 percent of private sector workers have access to paid family leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    That extremely low number makes Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to provide paid parental leave to state employees an even more important step in the right direction.

    Holcomb on Dec. 11 signed an executive order providing up to four weeks of paid leave for executive branch employees to spend time with newborns or newly adopted children.

  • Tax reform, a gift that keeps on giving?

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer



    A real stocking stuffer, a lump of coal, or just a package of underwear? The opinions abound on the latest tax reform.

    The Holidays are upon us, and the nation’s top Elf on the Shelf heralded what is expected to be an “incredible Christmas gift for hard-working Americans.” That was the tone recently as President Donald Trump announced the House’s passage of the new tax bill, which he said will spur the creation of ‘jobs, jobs, jobs.”

  • High hopes for 2018

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Though these words take shape several days before Sunday night’s New Year’s Eve festivities, I find myself with feelings of anticipation and even tinges of excitement as 2018 nears. A new year is a chance at new beginnings and possibilities.  

  • Department of Child Services claims demand attention

    One year ago, in announcing his reappointment of former juvenile court judge Mary Beth Bonaventura as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, then Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb noted that her “relentless passion for child advocacy will serve Hoosier families and children well for years to come.”

    Bonaventura, first appointed to the position in 2013 by Gov. Mike Pence, said she was “walking on cloud nine” after her reappointment.