Today's Opinions

  • Hold your noses ... skunks are on the move

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    It is that time of year again and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind. Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering this past week.

    We used to get them circling the house on winter evenings but our livestock guardian dogs’ presence has kept them at bay the last few years. Their presence is not surprising, however, because it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move!

  • IDEM hearing wasn’t popularity contest

    Mr. Steen, I appreciate your article in the Jan. 28 edition of the Perry County News about Lincolnland Economic Development Corporations annual luncheon.

    However, I’ve noticed that in your article, and some others, that were written about this proposed plant, it has been reported that the opponents of the plant were “much better represented in the number of speakers at that particular venue,” speaking of course about the permit hearing in early December.

  • Bacon to co-sponsor bill to regulate CFOs

    Republican State Rep. Ron Bacon, who represents much of Spencer and surrounding counties in the Indiana House of Representatives, is co-sponsoring House Bill 1378 crafted by the Hoosier Environmental Council. Other co-sponsors include another Republican and two Democrats, illustrating good bi-partisan support.

    The bill has been submitted to the Indiana General Assembly, and would place much stronger regulations on confined animal feeding operations  or CFOs.

  • Valentine’s Day jitters

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Valentine’s Day was one of those holidays that gave sweaty palms to 1970s third-graders. Back then, it was custom for every student to give each classmate a valentine. That might still be the practice. I should ask my nephews.

  • Payday lending needs checks and balances

    State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) has introduced legislation that would lower payday loan interest rates in Indiana. This comes almost exactly a year after a push to grant payday lenders more latitude when it comes to interest rates failed, in no small part due to his opposition. It is encouraging to see that state leaders are taking a closer look at the issue of payday lending, and weighing whether stricter oversight is appropriate going forward.

  • ‘First Reformed’ among the best films of past year

    Eric Harris

    Film Critic


    I always have trouble coming up with my top 10 list, and this year has been worse than ever. It’s not that there weren’t plenty of great movies (there were), but nothing stood out far and above for me this year. Usually, I can count on one clear favorite movie of the year, but that’s not the case this year.

  • Yet-to-be financed Riverview’s coal-to-diesel plant is a destructive pipe dream

    On Friday, Jan. 25, I asked Greg Merle, president of Riverview Energy, whether his pipe dream of a toxic coal-to-diesel plant in Dale has any financing.  His answer was “I’m working on it.” 

    In other words, NO financing.  But what has his straw-to-gold scheme already cost the people of Dale and the rest of Indiana?

    Lincolnland Economic Development Corp. has, at taxpayer expense, bent over backward to court Greg Merle and his cronies. 

  • Thank You, P.C. Community Foundation

    On behalf of Tell City Jr.-Sr. High School, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who made the Cell Phone Smart event, which took place on Jan. 24, a success.