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Today's Opinions

  • County should support quicker ambulance responses

     

    We don’t have statistics to back us up, but feel it’s safe to say people in general are reluctant to voluntarily pay more taxes.

    If we did have stats, we’re sure we could show that most of the approximately 45 people who assembled in the commissioners room at the county courthouse Jan. 23 were a statistical anomaly. As we reported Jan. 30, all or nearly all of them raised their hands when County Councilman Ron Crawford ask-end at a meeting Jan. 23 how many would support a tax increase to fund ambulance service based at the county garage.

  • Remembering Buddy

    By Dr. Mary Posner
    Guest Columnist

    Buddy Posner, a small dog with a big heart, passed away Jan. 9, 2014. During his brief life of 10 years, he went to my therapy office in Rockport almost every day.  Although he had no formal training as a therapy dog, he intuitively knew when clients needed some extra comfort or just a furry body to pet during times of stress.

  • Nation’s efforts against poverty must not be abandoned

    Larry Kleeman
    Guest Columnist

    Fifty years ago, on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to call on our nation to launch an “unconditional war on poverty,” a national commitment resulting in programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Pell grants, expansions to Social Security and nutrition assistance.

    Some policy makers will claim that we launched this war, and poverty won, as our nation today struggles with 46.5 million people under the federal poverty line, about $23,500 for a family of four.

  • One Polar Bear Club dip was enough

    Another apple has dropped at City Hall and 2014 is rolling in with a fresh start for everyone. It’s another chance to somehow get it right this time.

    Like most folks, I reflect upon the past during the new year, often not knowing whether to laugh or cry. In fact, one of the most outlandish foibles of my misspent youth took place on New Year’s Day.

  • Please support music-in-schools bill

    I ask your support of legislation being considered in the Indiana General Assembly that would require each school corporation to include music courses in its curriculum. Each corporation would also be required to include music ensembles in course offerings for seventh through 12th grades.

    In addition to its value for its own sake, music instruction helps children improve their recall and retention of verbal information, advances math achievement, boosts language-arts skills and increases average SAT scores.  

  • Cheers for St. Blaise

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    Today is the feast of St. Blaise and I suspect many Perry Countians had their throats blessed at church this past weekend. I planned to attend church so hopefully I was among the faithful lining up to have a pair of candles placed under my double chin while a priest offered a simple prayer.

  • Tax burden must be fair

    Local government leaders are anxiously watching the Indiana Legislature as it tinkers with yet another form of taxation this session.

    When word first started filtering out that eliminating a major source of income to cities and towns, the business personal property tax, was high on Gov. Mike Pence’s list, local government leaders became nervous. In a story published last Monday, we reported that the loss of revenue for Tell City alone could exceed $450,000.

  • Sen. Young: Propane shortage demands action

    Richard Young
    District 47
    State Senator

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more than 7 percent of Indiana households use liquefied petroleum gases, LPG or propane, to heat their home. In southern Indiana, the vast majority of homes and businesses use propane, especially in rural areas.

    This winter has been exceptionally cold, highlighting the importance of keeping the flow of propane uninterrupted.