Today's Opinions

  • Make your voices heard on local environmental issues

    With all the recent discussion and debate on the pros and cons of a proposed $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant that may be coming to the Dale area, it’s heartening to know citizens have a big heart for their community.

    A desire to protect our county’s water, air and soil shows a strong sense of community, as does a desire to provide investment and jobs.

  • Spring vegetables among the easiest of the season

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    We spent the weekend weeding, preparing soil and planting potatoes, onions, leeks, lettuces, peas, carrots and beets. It felt so good to start the vegetable growing season. Then I looked at the weather forecast calling for snow in April.

  • Okinawa

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist


    This year is one where Easter fell on April Fool’s Day. That doesn’t happen very often but it did in 1945 too. In fact, on Easter Day/ April Fool’s Day of 1945, American forces invaded the Japanese island of Okinawa during World War ll. It came toward the end of the conflict and was the last major battle. It was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater. The 82-day fight lasted until June 22, 1945.

  • Snowflakes, Daisy Mae and the doctor




    I am Frankie David Sandage. I was born Dec. 6, 1937, and hold an earned doctorate from Indiana University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. I am the new owner of a 2-year-old Border Collie named Daisy Mae. On Sunday, March 18, 2018, Mary Lou and I drove to Jeffersonville in my Chevy van to pick up a car crate that is 3 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet. Then we proceeded to North Vernon, to pick up Daisy Mae, a well-trained beauty.

  • Border wars and the right to professional license

    Leo Morris



    I enjoy my regular coiffure-adjustment sessions because they give me a glimpse of something I seldom get to see — the back of my head, when the barber sticks the small mirror in front of my face so I can see into the giant mirror behind me.

    He always asks a variation of the same question, which tickles me no end: “So, what do you think?” What am I supposed to say to that? “It looks awful, too short, put some of it back”?

  • This spring, be kind to swarming bees

    It seems that spring is here again. The trees are budding and the flowers are starting to bloom. The honeybees are becoming active. We see them in the yard working on soft maple blooms and elm trees.  They are carrying the pollen back into the hives to raise young brood for the year.

    Soon the hives will become overcrowded with bees and they will start to swarm. This is nature’s way of creating more colonies of bees.

  • Tariff would be a threat to local newspapers

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.

    Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

  • Sex ed on the farm

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    There was quite the debate in the Indiana General Assembly this session on how to give parents more say over what their kids in public schools are learning when it comes to sex education. Healthy debate is usually good and I think parents should know what their kids are being taught, not just about sex, but most other topics.