http://www.perrycountynews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Step up for children in need http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/step-children-need <p> It&rsquo;s often said that no one really knows what takes place behind closed doors. Smiles and laughter often shield the world from real pain hiding beneath. And when it comes to children, their strife is often the result of being caught in the cross-hairs of an adult issue.</p> <p> With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, we encourage all who can to get involved in helping safeguard our children. There are numerous ways in this community to do so.</p> Slow start, cool spring http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/slow-start-cool-spring <p> Jeneen Wiche</p> <p> Weekend Gardener</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I want to say spring has sprung, but it hasn&rsquo;t landed. I have 215 Freedom Ranger chicks coming in the mail next week and I want warm-not just sort of warm-for the new 2-legged arrivals. My lettuces, potatoes, onions and kale are fine (they will actually thrive in these conditions) but I need warm before I can even think of putting a tomato, bean or cucumber out in the garden.</p> Friends past and present http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/friends-past-and-present <p> Vince Luecke</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> editor@perry countynews.com</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Hubert Kleaving died April 7. His obituary appeared in Thursday&rsquo;s issue. He was a longtime friend of my family and was good friends with my dad. The Kleaving farm isn&rsquo;t exactly next door but lies just a few hills and valleys away.</p> Immigration, language and economy http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/immigration-language-and-economy <p> Overheard, recently, at an area restaurant: woman tells girl at register that she and her party have a reservation; girl exchanges a few words with owner who then asks woman &ndash; in clear English &ndash; if she could have five minutes; yes, the first woman snaps, but I don&rsquo;t speak Spanish and would appreciate it if you wouldn&rsquo;t in my presence.</p> <p> I was appalled at this woman&rsquo;s expression of linguistic and cultural prejudice.</p> Growing up with the Web http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/growing-web <p> Don Steen</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> reporter@spencer countyjournal.com</p> <p> My generation, the &ldquo;millennial&rdquo; cohort born between 1981 and 1996, are often the talk of the day among pundits. For a time, any mention was usually coupled with accusations of laziness or the cold-blooded murder of various industries, for which we apparently showed insufficient loyalty or wealth to support.</p> Legislators’ work not quite done http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/legislators%E2%80%99-work-not-quite-done <p> BRIAN BOSMA</p> <p> GUEST COLUMNIST</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> President Dwight Eisenhower once said that farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you&rsquo;re a thousand miles from a cornfield.&nbsp; That quote leapt to mind when I read recent articles featuring sharp criticism of this year&rsquo;s General Assembly. In defense of all 150 members of the legislature, I felt the record had to be set straight.</p> Wake up and speak up for our health http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/wake-and-speak-our-health <p> On Thursday evening, March 22, the Dale Zoning Board&nbsp; voted 4-3 to push through a decision to rezone the newly acquired 512 acres they recently annexed in to Dale as Industrial.</p> <p> They had a choice between industrial or commercial. I applaud the courage of the three zoning board members who voted against this. The acreage is presently zoned agriculture and since the town of Dale does not have a classification for agriculture, the property must be zoned either commercial or industrial.</p> Thanks for supporting Legion egg hunt http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/thanks-supporting-legion-egg-hunt <p> Cannelton American Legion Unit 142 would like to thank the following for their generous donations to our annual Easter Egg hunt.</p> <p> Thanks to Subway, Papa John&rsquo;s, Iron Gate, Hauenstein&rsquo;s, Roland&rsquo;s Jewelry, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, McDonald&rsquo;s, Chicago Pizza, and the Barge Inn. We would also like to thank all of our volunteers who helped with the hunt and Richard Saalman for acting as our Easter Bunny.</p> <p> He and other area beekeepers are happy to come and collect them. Bees are a sign of new life for bees but hives frequently become overcrowded.</p>