Today's Opinions

  • The power of purple: let’s fight pancreatic cancer

    November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. So little emphasis in put on this deadly form of Cancer, unlike colon, prostate and breast cancer there is no screening for early detection.

    By the time a diagnosis is made, it is already in a advanced stage.

    In June of 2014 my 51-year-old son, Kevin, 6 feet 3 inches, 210 pounds, a picture of health, develops severe pain in his back. He went to the doctor and was given a prescription for a muscle relaxer.

  • How will high court shift?

    Mark Franke

    Guest Columnist


    Now that we are finally past the hyperbole, embarrassment and downright nastiness of the Kavanaugh confirmation in what used to be the venerable U.S. Senate, perhaps we can step back and take a dispassionate review of why this was so important.

    First, let’s look at the results of several opinion polls that came out during the debate. Most showed Brett Kavanaugh had the lowest positive numbers in history, well below 50 percent favorable but still slightly better than the negative number.

  • Dale Women’s Organization says thanks

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the businesses and individuals who donated to the Dale Women’s Organization for our back-to-school program. A big thank you goes to Greg Turner, Greer Neff and staff for without you folks this would have been a struggle this year.

    We cannot express our appreciation enough for what you did. To Waupaca Foundry, St. John’s Lutheran Church Women’s Group and the Spencer County Community Foundation, we appreciate you going above and beyond the call for help.

  • Rome bicentennial organizers grateful for year of support

    On behalf of the Rome Bicentennial Committee, I want to personally thank the sponsors and donors listed below for their generosity this past year. 

  • Ode to Jack and the turnip

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    It looks like this late turnip crop is going to be a good one thanks to cool temperatures and adequate rain fall. I may even have some little ones ready in honor of Halloween this year, too, even though they will only be salad size. What does the turnip have to do with Halloween you may ask?

    Well, they just may be more authentic than that pumpkin on the porch.

  • What about the jobs at Riverview Energy?

    As we await IDEM’s announcement on the draft permit approval for the Riverview Energy project, (yes, even those of us opposed to this project expect IDEM to approve the permit; IDEM has never denied a permit request) I remembered some questions that were asked to Mr. Utter at the first informational public forum that was held at the Dale Presbyterian Church Micah Center in April.

    Mr. Utter had told the gathering of 100-plus citizens that he didn’t know the answers but would get them.

  • Squirrels and autumn

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    This column first appeared in 2011.


    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire Sept. 23. I made a quick trek to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.

  • Overcoming the impact of childhood trauma

    In a community recently recognized as one of the safest in the state, it’s disheartening to hear that so many of our children don’t feel safe in their own homes.

    A front-page story last week reporting that Perry County ranks, per capita, among the highest in the state for cases of abuse and neglect should concern us all and motivate us to seek practical solutions.