Today's Opinions

  • Overcoming Christmas blues

    Bud Herron

    Guest Columnist


    I get the Christmas blues every year.

    I used to pretend I felt peace, love, joy and unfettered happiness throughout the month of December – just the way all those sermons, songs and Folger’s coffee commercials told me I should. It was mostly just an act.

  • Houseplants need special attention in winter months

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    “My houseplants look terrible” is commonly heard during the winter months. Now is the time of year that we spend more time indoors, with our houseplants; it’s also the time of the year that they look the most pathetic. Houseplants suffer indoors during the winter for various reasons. Shorter days that are often cloudy mean less light; low or no humidity in our heated homes; insects that thrive in these conditions; and bad watering habits.

  • Eastwood’s “The Mule” an ode to fatherly conflicts

    “The Mule” is one of those movies that could only be made if it was based on a true story. It’s about a 90-year-old man who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel when he needs to earn money to make up for lost time with his estranged family. It’s a movie particularly fitting for Clint Eastwood to make. It’s not because Eastwood has become a drug mule in his old age (that I know of). It’s because his character, Earl, realizes late in life that he failed his family in favor of his career.

  • Renaissance Leadership Class thankful for community support

    Editor’s Note: The News mistakenly published an incomplete listing in last week’s issue.


    The Renaissance Leadership Class of Tell City Junior-Senior High School would like to thank the community for your support of our spaghetti dinner and silent auction held on Friday, Dec. 7, in the Red Apple Inn.

    Profits from the event will be used to recognize our students for their academic achievement and improvement, their service to others, and their attendance. 

  • Christmas memories

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Editor’s Note: This Christmas-season column first appeared in 2010.


  • An immigration compromise




    Is there any way to break the policy logjam on immigration?

    Most Republicans favor tougher border security measures, while Democrats tend to support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Many progressives, aghast at the separation of parents and children at the border, even want to “abolish ICE” – the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

  • Perry County farmers will benefit from hemp revival

    A new U.S. Farm Bill finally removes industrial hemp from a list of banned substances. That clears the way for Indiana legislators to pass a bill next year allowing farmers to again grow one of the planet’s oldest domesticated crops. This will add diversity to the state’s agriculture industry and give counties like Perry a chance to get in on the ground floor of what is sure to be a booming industry.

  • City council has opportunity to end expensive perk

    Members of the Tell City Common Council agreed Dec. 3 to have a committee consider whether the city should change its policy of allowing part-time council members to join the city’s health insurance plan. Council members, as well as the city’s attorney, can obtain health insurance through the city and they pay the same premiums as full-time workers. However, like most employers, the city still bears the bulk of the cost. And, city council members don’t work full time.