Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Hospital is on right financial track

    It’s good to see Perry County Memorial Hospital doing better financially. As we report in today’s issue, the hospital earned more than $455,686 in the first two months of the year. That follows a financially challenging 2017 in which the hospital basically broke even.

    We reported on the relatively small number of jobs that were cut last year and other positions that were eliminated in an effort to reduce costs as revenue fell below the hospital’s budget.

  • Raised beds for vegetables

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    One dilemma facing many aspiring vegetable gardeners is sub-prime soil, shall we say. Compacted, clayey soil is not uncommon in Kentuckiana but it is especially common in newer developments. One way to off-set the problem is to employ a system of raised beds.

  • Just a reminder, Derby is still here

    I am writing to you to share a personal concern and to forewarn others in case they may possibly also be sharing this experience I am concerned about. So here goes:

    About 20 years ago, I thought I moved from New Boston in Spencer county to Derby in Perry County. I thought I built a house on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River. I thought I built some boat storage buildings, built a boat ramp, visited our local store and tavern, watched our neighbors construct and rent cabins, thereby receiving a host of visitors.

  • Alzheimer’s fight needs bold support

    It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often,  Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.  

    And with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is one that demands more attention from our government.

  • The push for redistricting reform




    Julia Vaughn doesn’t hide her frustration with state Rep. Milo Smith, the man who single-handedly derailed an effort to reform Indiana’s redistricting process.

    “The way it all played out was incredibly disappointing,” said Vaughn, policy director for Common Cause Indiana. “He led us to believe he liked our proposal. He was a co-sponsor of the bill, for goodness’ sake.”

  • Rokita lacks courage to step to the debate plate

    April 30.

    That’s the date of a scheduled televised statewide debate organized by the independent Indiana Debate Commission.

    Who will be participating? Republican U.S. Senate candidates Mike Braun and Luke Messer.

    Who won’t be participating? U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita.

    The three are competing to face Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly in November. So, why no Rokita?

  • A Good Friday reminder

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Editor’s note: This article was first published in April 2010. It has appeared each year during Holy Week.


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