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Today's Opinions

  • Hay loft memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Some people know they’re getting older and out of shape when they can’t hit the golf ball as far or as straight as they once did, or when once-comfortable pants no longer fit with as much ease.

    For me, the realization of my age and less-than-ideal physical condition comes with knowing I’m too out of shape to do some farm chores, including picking up hay. 

  • Our View: Let county parks board know what its priorities should be

    These days we can get inundated with surveys via telephone, mail and email. Of course many are not really important – in fact they are thinly disguised advertising for a product or political candidate.

    One survey that we think is important for Perry Countians to fill out, though, is the Perry County Parks Department’s community questionnaire for input on what to include in its upcoming five-year master plan.

  • Developers given free land; tax abatements not needed

    This is to the mayor and city council. In regards to the development seeking tax relief for the housing project, they have already been given the lots. They don’t need any more. As a taxpayer for  more than 60 years, I say no. When they rent apartments or sell condos, will they get the money?

     

    LUTHER OOST

    Tell City

  • Thanks for supporting letter carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive

    On behalf of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the local food pantries of Perry County, we would like to thank the residents of Perry County for supporting the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive last month.

  • Railroads transformed the Indiana Landscape

    ANDREA NEAL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Study a map from the late 19th century, and it’s easy to see how Indiana became known as the Crossroads of America. Like spokes on a bicycle wheel, railroad lines extended from Indianapolis in 12 directions. Tracks crossed the state from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River, Terre Haute to Richmond, and everywhere in between.

  • Fast tracking ‘Free trade’ agreements: A bad idea for America

    Editor’s Note: The legislation discussed in this letter was scheduled to be picked up by the House last Friday.

     

    Calvin Coolidge famously said “The business of America is business.”  That terse sentence summed up his rationale for minimizing government interference with American business, since, in his view, what was good for American business was good for American society as a whole. 

  • Reducing infant mortality

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Protecting and supporting our state’s most vulnerable citizens is always a top priority for lawmakers. During the 2015 legislative session, the General Assembly approved legislation that takes an important step to combat infant mortality in our state.

    Recently, the governor signed House Enrolled Act 1004 into law, which creates the Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program that will be administered by the Indiana State Department of Health.

  • Reflections on my trip to the nation’s capital

    MEDORA ALLEN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s note: Tell City Junior-Senior High School eighth-graders recently traveled to Washington, D.C. The News asked students to reflect on the experience and will publish two student essays. The third and last appears today. 

     

    At first I did not think I wanted to go to Washington, D.C., with the Tell City Junior-Senior High School eighth grade class. I thought that it would be boring and that some of my friends would get on my nerves.