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Today's Opinions

  • Townships remain a vital tool of local government

    Township government is alive and well. That is especially true in smaller, rural communities like those that comprise Perry County. Many of us know our township trustee and while we often don’t interact with that office directly, a good number of our friends and neighbors do.

    Despite proposals to do away with the office of township trustee, the position continues to exist because of the services they provide today and others they may offer in the years to come.

  • The amazing but underappreciated toad

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Earlier this season, as we worked on prepping and planting, we were curious about all the small holes we saw in the ground around the vegetable garden.

    Then it occurred to me one day when I saw several toads about that these were toad holes! And, now it seems, that everywhere I step in the yard, vegetable garden and perennial beds there is a toad under foot. They manage to jump out of harm’s way (from a rapidly approaching foot or spade) just in time.

  • Should I support gambling or not?

    Leo Morris

    Columnist

    Indiana Policy Review

     

    Several months ago, on the occasion of state legislators yet again mulling the rescue of casinos from the doldrums, I wrote of my mixed feelings about state-sanctioned gambling.

    Since occasionally I have enjoyed indulging in games of chance, I can’t claim any moral high ground. The challenge of beating the odds to reap unearned rewards is a temptation to which most of us have succumbed.

  • Is it possible? I think so

    MICHAEL DORA

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    One in seven people fight addiction in their lifetime. That is 21 million Americans. Many things aid the causes of addiction such as genetics, age, prescription use, physical condition and lack of education. Then there are many environmental factors that increase the risk that someone will become addicted. Those include home life, family connections, community structure, and neighbor relationships.

  • Riverview wants to be a good neighbor

     

    As I’ve been meeting directly with residents, businesses and leaders in the Spencer County region over the past several months, my impression of the community has been reinforced again and again. Spencer County is brimming with wonderful people who understand that seeking development will lead to opportunities for economic advancement for generations to come. These people also understand that goal can be achieved in balance with environmental health.

  • The good, bad and the ugly

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

  • Parks survey a stepping stone to improvement grants

    It has been a long, drawn-out process that has probably taken longer than it should have, but local city and county parks boards now have the data they need to prioritize their goals and compile their master plans for the next five years.

    The Perry County Parks Board began surveying area residents about what they want most from their parks in 2015 and continued to offer surveys online recently. This year it and the Tell City Parks Board combined to get Purdue University staffers to compile and analyze the results of surveys about all the parks in the county.

  • Why, Mr. Drug Dealer?

    Dear Dealer,

     

    I wonder, if you knew the destruction of what you do … would you stop? Would you turn your life around knowing you were saving lives and families by doing so? If you could follow all the little bags you exchange for cash on their full journey would it make you feel remorse?

    If you could see the child in fear, hiding in her older siblings bedroom while their parents fight? If you could see the children hungry, going to school with no lunch, making their own way there because their parents handed all their cash to you?