Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Thank you, Pudder Linne

    The town of Troy’s operations manager, Pudder Linne, retired last week after 34 years of service to the smallest of Perry County’s incorporated communities.

    While Linne, whose duties included oversight of water, sewer electric utilities, had talked about retirement in the past, we know there were many who were surprised and saddened about his sudden departure.  Count us among them.

  • State must reward teachers without hurting support staff

    During his State of the State speech, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced plans to seek $140 million to go toward teacher pension obligations that are owed by school districts, with 100 percent going toward raises for teachers.

    “I believe local school districts should allocate 100 percent of the $140 million to increasing teacher paychecks,” he said during the address.

    He’s also asked for 2 percent for the next two years to go toward K-12 education.

  • On the magic-brick road

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    In case you haven’t heard, the “Wizard of Oz” is 80 years old and is being re-released in some theaters. The timeless tale of ruby slippers, Munchkins and good and bad witches was drawing its first fans eight decades ago.

    In Tell City, the movie was set to premiere at the Ohio Theatre. The local papers then heralded the film’s star power, including Judy Garland as Dorothy, and its vivid color.

  • Reporters and honest government

    Michael Hicks

    Guest Columnist


    The past few weeks have contained more reports of newspaper downsizing at metro daily papers in Indiana. This news involved some of our state’s largest daily print publications, but it is a familiar story affecting papers large and small in the age of the internet.

  • What makes an orchid an orchid?

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Have you ever wondered what makes an orchid an orchid? Well, it is all about flower parts. In fact, most plants are categorized in the Plant Kingdom by their flowers.

    For orchids, it is the fact that they have three sepals and three petals. Many flowers have green sepals that protect the flower inside and then cradles it as it opens.

  • Editor’s unearthed treasures

    Bob Zaltsberg

    Guest Columnist


    The day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after taking off, the story started out near the bottom of the front page of The Herald-Telephone. That’s where it had been placed when it was assumed the shuttle flight would be launched without problems late the morning of Jan. 28, 1986.