Today's Opinions

  • Online sales tax ruling levels field for merchants

    Indiana residents will soon pay seven percent more for many of their online purchases thanks to a Supreme Court ruling last month, but it was the fair thing to do.

    In a 5-4 decision June 21 the court said states are free to collect sales tax on Internet purchases just as they do on store sales.

    Some online merchants, including Barnes & Noble and Lands’ End, had been required to charge Indiana sales tax on sales to Hoosier residents for years because those merchants had “a physical presence” – stores and/or warehouses in the state.

  • Our View: Presidents struggle with immigration decisions

    When it comes to American policy on immigration, historically, leaders have long footed both sides of the fence. It’s a practice woven into the fabric of our culture, but the past is not a patronage of fairness.

  • Warding off pepper blight

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    About 45 years ago, a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and since, it has spread as far as California and Florida. It’s in our midst, as well. The fungus in question causes phytophthora blight in peppers. Some refer to the sudden wilting of peppers as damping off, phytophthora root rot, crown rot or stem and fruit rot. Clearly the fungus impacts the entire plant.

  • Pathways to success

    Byron Ernest

    Guest Columnist


    A high school diploma no longer is the finish line – it’s now the starting line. Job growth and trends over the past 10 years have shown about 95 percent of jobs require some education after high school.

  • My hay days are over

    Vince Luecke


    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.

  • Don’t label coal-to-diesel opponents

    In a recent June 19 letter in the Dubois County Free Press, Greg Merle, president of Riverview Energy, described the opposition’s point of view to the proposed direct coal-hydrogenation project in Dale, Indiana as “propaganda” and “a mechanism of control” explaining that “fear is the oldest and most devious method known to man to control a population.”

  • Legislators voted for transparency

    Editor’s Note. The following letter was mailed to State Rep. Stephen Bartels by Steve Key, executive director and general counsel for the Hoosier State Press Association, related to legislation on government transparency.

    A similar letter was sent to State Sen. Erin Houchin.


    Dear Rep. Bartels:


  • Not every buzz threatens a sting

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Bees are the life-blood of any successful orchard, garden and landscape where pollination is necessary for fruit. In recent years bees have found themselves in a pickle with the over-use of pesticides and a parasitic mite that have contributed to a decrease in their numbers. The thing about bees is that the aggressive behavior of a few species has given them all a bad rap.