Today's Opinions

  • Clergy sex-abuse wounds far from healed

    A grand jury’s report detailing the sexual abuse of minors by more than 300 priests in several Pennsylvania dioceses has torn the scab from an old but unhealed wound within the Catholic Church, an institution that has done much in recent years to better safeguard its members from predator priests.

    Still, echoes of a sinful past remain, in which the crimes of pedophile priests were covered up and the priests themselves shuffled from parish to parish.

  • Memories from Rome: Will Mogan

    Editor’s Note: As the Oct. 6-7 celebration of the bicentennial of the Rome Courthouse nears, the News hopes to share the occasional guest column from Rome residents or people who grew up in the community. Jim Fiedler shares this recollection of Will Mogan.


  • Time to plant for a fall vegetable harvest

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I am in the process of clearing out the summer vegetable garden of weary plants: the moldy cucumber vines, spent pole beans, and cantaloupe vines that have completed their life cycle and delivered way too many cantaloupes for my small family! Plans for a fall harvest are underway.

  • End the dirty war on a free press

    President Trump’s accusations of “fake news” and labeling journalists as “enemies of the people” aren’t just slaps to the faces of hard-working Americans but American democracy itself. And there is nothing fake about the danger.

    The slanderous labels repeated again and again in tweets from the White House and at rallies around the country have  become a potent tool of abuse and incitement against the First Amendment to our  Constitution. 

  • Clark Kent: Still a reporter?

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    The image of the newspaper reporter is in flux. Once among the most respected of career choices, the man or woman who makes his or her living today with a computer and a reporter’s notebook is in the midst of an occupational crisis.

  • Runners, stay safe on local roadways

    Every year around the end of July you see an increase in the number of joggers on the road. The Schweizer Fest Road race looms large to runners this time of year.

    It’s good to see the young and the older out exercising in the fresh air. I’ve run a number of road races myself and I understand the allure.

  • GE committed to thorough site assessment

    GE continues to be fully committed to completing a thorough assessment of our former small motors plant, working closely with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Tell City neighborhood and local and state officials.

    We appreciate the support we’ve received, with nearly 75 percent of notified property owners participating in the indoor air sampling program.

  • Indiana needs hate-crime law

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

    reporter@spencer countyjournal.com


    Gov. Eric Holcomb is taking an admirable stand in favor of legislation to better protect citizens against crimes motivated by race, gender identity, religion or similar traits.

    Indiana is one of five states in the union to lack what is commonly known as a “hate crime law,” and some would argue that it is not needed and to dedicate legislative time to such an effort would be mere virtue signaling.