Today's Opinions

  • Film revisits the ‘Great War’

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer


    The flickering of the silver screen has a way of mobilizing ideas into action for viewers. This came to fruition for myself this past weekend while watching “They Shall Not Grow Old,” a World War I documentary so well done that it’s a feature film.

    A compilation of century-old silent war archives that made it home from the front lines of The Western Front, the decaying film was remastered, colorized and put to sound.

  • Council president should rethink his stance

    In response to the recent letter by Ray Striegel, his neighbors in Dale appreciate his clarifying claims about the American Lung Association, specifically, that it has not endorsed the proposed coal-to-diesel refinery.

    After reading his initial letter with its claims about the ALA, Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life also confirmed that the ALA does not endorse the proposed refinery.

  • 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.