Today's Opinions

  • No Coal to Diesel group questions IDEM’s blanket statement

    On Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. CST, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will conduct a hearing on the proposed Riverview Energy Coal to Diesel project for Dale. I have looked over the draft permit, and I am concerned about the blanket statement IDEM published in the local newspapers: “No significant impacts are expected from the proposed facility.”

    Honestly, how can this statement be made when IDEM does not address impacts from land use, noise, sound, light or visual pollution?

  • Children need Permanent families

    Thousands of Hoosier children live in some type of foster care setting. In time, many will be reunited with their biological parents. Some, however, never will. Adoption can give these children lasting new families.

    At the same time, there are women in Perry County today struggling with unplanned or crisis pregnancies. Sadly, some will turn to abortion. Adoption, however, offers them an alternative. Too few consider it, however. It’s our responsibility to change that.

  • Wiche’s winter checklist: Part I

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    There are many gardening tasks that must be done or are better done in the fall of the year. Things like cleaning up old plant material; fertilizing trees, shrubs and lawns; and protecting tender plants like hybrid tea roses and French hydrangeas.

    These chores are all a part of garden maintenance and taking care of them now will improve the quality of your garden later. Here’s a checklist to remind you of what needs to be done to get the garden ready for winter.

  • A Hoosier vote for redistricting reform

    Hoosier voters, no matter their political persuasion, should celebrate one of the big winners in last week’s midterms redistricting reform.

    Independent redistricting commissions were on the ballot in four states. The initiatives passed in three – Colorado, Michigan and Missouri – by overwhelming margins. The fourth, in Utah, is too close to call.

  • A thumb’s-up experience

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Editor’s Note: This column was first published in 2003.


    A man named Bill climbed into my car a couple of Saturdays ago. He was about 30, tall and lanky, carried a backpack and sported a short beard. Bill was hitchhiking, thumbing his way from Bloomington to English. I happened to be moving in the same direction.

  • Trees grown from seed need to mimic nature

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Some plants are prolific; some are not. Dandelion seed floats through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer; hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk; and you can just walk past some hairy cress and millions of seed burst forth from the draft! 

  • All owe a debt to our veterans

    The return home by service members who recently visited the nation’s capital through the Honor Flight program is but one of the may ways our veterans are highlighted. Have you thanked a veteran lately? If not, do so this week. Veterans Day was Sunday and several ceremonies are set for today, including tributes at  the local schools. The occasion should prompt all of us to remember and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform, past and present, to safeguard the freedoms we cherish.

  • A game of life in ‘Spoons’

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer


    “You’ve got to keep one eye on your hand and the other on the table,” the voice across from me said. Pretty simple strategy, in theory, when trying to win at a game of Spoons, that is until you actually try to do it. A  novice to the game, yet desperately not wanting to finish last, the sage advice proved to be more difficult than advertised, especially as light-hearted conversations and jokes added another key element of distraction.