• We can send a man to the moon, we should be able to fix a pothole

    Leo Morris

    Guest Columnist


    You’ve all heard the complaint. “If America can put a man on the moon, why can’t it ... cure the common cold, or develop a long-lasting battery, or stop spending more than it takes in, or (fill in your favorite frustration)?”

    My current, less sweeping, version of that lament is: “If Hoosier politicians think they’re smart enough to legislate hate out of the human heart, why can’t they handle something as simple as keeping the stupid potholes filled?”

  • Good luck, graduates

    For the first time in two decades, I won’t be covering a local commencement this month. I’m retiring from the paper next Friday, May17, and as I’ve been thinking of the many, many things I’ll miss, graduations are certainly among them. 

    The familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” inspired me each year with optimism. And, as in years past, I have high hopes for this year’s group of newly minted graduates.

  • Newspaper thoughts

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I chuckle quietly to myself when I watch old movies, some actually not that old, in which newspaper owners are portrayed as titans of industry, barons of their home cities, oozing in cash and influence. Anyone even halfway familiar with the plight of newspapers today knows that the industry is contracting and shedding jobs and power as Americans find new ways to obtain news that don’t involve ink and paper.

  • We need to send 10,000 more Hoosier kids to college next year

    Michael Hicks

    Guest Columnist


    Over spring break, I read Bryan Caplan’s very popular book, “The Case Against Higher Education.” Many readers of this column might suppose I’d like this book. I tend to support smaller government, and am a frequent critic of higher education. Recall that I’m the professor who thinks tenure is mostly counterproductive to good research and teaching.

  • Timing is key when pruning spring flowering shrubs

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    June 1st is the official cut off that marks the difference between a spring bloomer and a summer bloomer. Does it matter that you know? Yes, if you want to properly prune, because pruning after June 1st could result in no blooms next year.

  • On farms and forestlands, every day is Earth Day

    Editor’s Note: This guest column was written by Steven Brown, state executive director of the Indiana Farm Service Agency and Jerry Raynor, state conservationist with the Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service.


  • Another view of socialism




    This piece is a response to Jim Adkins’ recent op-ed about socialism in the April 1 and 15 edition of the Perry County News. I am a 21 year old college graduate, a member of this community, and I see this as an opportunity to provide a different perspective.

  • Celebrating our campuses

    Sue Ellspermann

    Guest Columnist


    “Our Communities. Your College.” That’s the promise of Ivy Tech Community College. And that’s why we believe Community College Month, which takes place in April, is worth celebrating well beyond our campuses.

  • Rethink the lawn, alternatives to turf

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


  • Eliminating cedar blight

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    The signs of fire blight (scorched-looking foliage and stem tips) are rather boring compared to the freaky looking appendages that “ripen” with cedar-apple rust. Get ready to start seeing large, orange gelatinous spore horns hanging from cedars like they are decorated with Japanese lanterns. They strike awe and dread from me because they are fabulous looking creations of nature but they also forewarn a rust problem in the orchard for next year.