http://www.perrycountynews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Fewer waivers, a more open government http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/fewer-waivers-more-open-government <p> That the last week brought news of ethics reform for Hoosier state government is nothing new.</p> <p> What was different was that the news was encouraging.</p> <p> According to state records, government officials have been issuing fewer waivers that would let state employees take related jobs in the private sector before a yearlong wait.</p> <p> So far this year, just one waiver has been granted. That&rsquo;s in contrast to the past decade, where about 10 waivers were allowed each year.</p> AG Zoeller: Jared Fogle’s story serves as wake-up call http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/ag-zoeller-jared-fogle%E2%80%99s-story-serves-wake-call <p> Greg Zoeller</p> <p> Indiana Attorney General</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The arrest of one of Indiana&rsquo;s celebrities forces us to acknowledge what many still don&rsquo;t want to believe &ndash;&nbsp; the underground business of sex trafficking exists and is thriving.</p> <p> When the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficking Humans Task Force, which I co-chair, first started talking about human trafficking in our state, we were met with skeptics.</p> Grubs not always to blame for brown spots in the lawn http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/grubs-not-always-blame-brown-spots-lawn <p> Jeneen Wiche</p> <p> Weekend Gardener</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Whenever brown patches or dead spots appear in the lawn, we are quick to suspect a grub infestation. This is not always the case, though. In fact, contemporary lawn care routines may be more to blame then you realize.&nbsp; Some lawn care habits encourage disease or make your lawn more desirable to Japanese beetles and masked chafer beetles, both of which deposit the eggs that grow into grubs.</p> United Way’s support helps local families http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/united-way%E2%80%99s-support-helps-local-families <p> Perry Central Family Outreach is proud to be one of the many community agencies to receive funds from the United Way of Perry County.&nbsp;</p> <p> Family Outreach facilitates and sponsors a variety of programs and projects year round to help the families of Perry County obtain the skills they need to succeed and to assist at risk families.&nbsp;</p> <p> United Way funding helps us in these endeavors.</p> Thanks for making stuff the bus a success http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/thanks-making-stuff-bus-success <p> Annually, in July, United Way sponsors and organizes a Stuff the Bus event held at Wal-Mart. Volunteers from local schools assist at the event to promote our efforts in collecting school supplies for students in need. &nbsp;</p> <p> There are very generous patrons who donate school supplies, whether it be one item or a sack full of items. Any donation is greatly appreciated.</p> Mayor should address alley issue http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/mayor-should-address-alley-issue <p> I would like to take a minute to say thank you to our mayor. I went to speak to her about five weeks ago about an alley falling in on the 1100 block off 11th Street in Tell City.</p> <p> She was not in her office, but she did call me at my home to agree with me that something needed to be done about this problem. She was going to call me back the next week to talk to me about this problem.</p> <p> She is aware the street department has tried to repair this problem several times. I am still waiting for her call.</p> The chicken project http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/chicken-project <p> JIM ADKINS</p> <p> GUEST COLUMNIST</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> So, one day Leonna came to me and said she was thinking of getting some chickens to live in our large enclosed back yard. I&rsquo;ve been married to her long enough to know that nothing is off the table when it comes to animals. She is a certified vet tech and has worked in the field for years. I don&rsquo;t think I have ever met anyone who loves animals as much as my wife.</p> The joys of doing it yourself http://www.perrycountynews.com/content/joys-doing-it-yourself <p> Vince Luecke</p> <p> Editor</p> <p> editor@perry countynews.com</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> A friend of mine recently installed a small wind turbine on his rural farm. He lives in Nebraska and such systems are more common in the Great Plains than they are here. Those states have more wind and that means wind-generating turbines, both the large ones owned by utilities, and smaller ones for home or business use, make more economic sense.&nbsp;</p> <p> My buddy&rsquo;s turbine probably turns most of the time. That wouldn&rsquo;t be the case in southern Indiana.</p>