Today's Opinions

  • Your vote matters

    Tomorrow is Indiana’s primary election. But most of us know that already, with yard signs, billboards and candidates knocking on our doors. There are locally contested races for sheriff and coroner. There’s also a contested race for Congress and U.S. Senate. The number of races to be decided tomorrow may not be large, but they are important. So, it’s important for you to take part by voting.

  • Bonfire ups and downs

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    As  I’ve written a few times over the years, my friends accused me of borderline paganism when I spend one night  a year around a bonfire for Walpurgis Night, or Walpurgisnacht in German. Last Monday marked the Walpurgisnacht. My bonfire was pretty modest. Well, it was downright small but it still served its purpose.

    Past bonfires have been more substantial and more fun.

  • Job search ups and downs

    Eric Whittaker

    Staff Writer


    Before being hired by Perry County News, I spent some time negotiating the abyss of unemployment for longer than I care to talk about. Alright … it was for two years … I mean, if I don’t talk about it, I won’t have much of a journalist’s column. I’ve been working here for a couple months – yes, times flies when you’re having fun – refining the trade skills I’ve attained through university and college education.

  • Community made culinary program success

    I’d like thank the following organizations and people for supporting the Tell City Junior-Senior High School Culinary Arts  program.

    Without your advocacy, our program would not have gotten off to such a great start!  Thank you for promoting career and technical education  which is so vital to Indiana’s future workforce.

  • Springtime digging

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    It seemed I was always a bit of an entrepreneur as a kid. My brothers and I never received a regular allowance as work on the farm was considered part of everyday life. So, when I wasn’t picking up bales of hay on our farm, I was hiring myself for the day to nearby farmers.

  • Jobs require education improvements in state

    Indiana spends about $7 billion a year on K-12 schools and claims to be a pioneer in education reform. Yet thousands of its high school students are graduating without the basic math, reading and writing skills needed to succeed in college.

    That’s what a series of reports from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education have shown since the state started tracking data on the college readiness of its students 11 years ago.

  • The always pretty peony

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    One of the prettiest flowers in the garden is getting ready to bloom. This great cut-leaf Japanese peony, Paeonia tenuifolia, opens its simple ruby-colored petals to reveal bright yellow stamen. The finely cut foliage, reminiscent of the most finely cut foliage of a Japanese maple, allows the plant to be interesting in the mixed border the rest of the growing season, as well.

  • No one should be above the law

    Suppose you are driving down the highway and see a police car’s flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. You look down at the speedometer and notice you are speeding. So you pull over to the side of the road.

    The policeman then approaches the window of your car with his citation pad and pen in his hand. But before he can write you a ticket, you roll down the window and tell him he is fired. That preemptive strike keeps you from having to pay a fine.