Today's Opinions

  • On Socialism: Part Two

    The worst evils that have been thrust upon man have come from big governments. What causes a government to kill its own citizens? Both socialism and communism require a commitment to the use of force.

  • 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.

  • Don’t Cry for me Venezuela

    Regarding the letter written by Mr. Adkins on April 01 discussing socialism, America, and poor Venezuela, I hope the editor will allow me to comment on some of Mr. Adkins’ more misguided conclusions and statements.

    To begin with, it is disingenuous, if not outright wrong, to take two individuals, in this case Ms. Cortez and Mr. Bernie Sanders, and suggest they are the face of the Democratic Party.

  • A slow but steady shift to renewable energy

    Recently, an Indiana environmental group called the Evangelical Environmental Network petitioned Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb with 21,000 signatures demanding “100 percent renewable energy in the state by 2030.”

    Calls for a complete changeover in Indiana to renewable energy sources over the next decade might not be a realistic goal.

  • A Good Friday reminder

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Editor’s note: This article was first published in April 2010. At the request of several readers, it is being reprinted this Easter season.


    I didn’t make it to Good Friday church services last week. But watching a few good men remove a dead man from a truck served as good a reminder as any of not only Jesus’ death but those who freed him from the cross.

  • How about a sane dialogue?




    I feel compelled to answer Jim Adkins’s rant (April 1) on Venezuela and socialism. It is built on a flimsy scaffolding of name-calling, unexamined assumptions and questionable “facts.”

    I’m sure his views are sincerely held; I have nothing to say about his character or the adequacy or inadequacy of his education or intelligence. I’ll concern myself with the arguments themselves. These issues are so much more complex than his stark black-and-white picture allows.

  • The underscore on why mulch matters

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks. When done properly it can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature. These things can be achieved using a variety of materials, but which type of mulch suits your needs best?