Today's Opinions

  • No one should be above the law

    Suppose you are driving down the highway and see a police car’s flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. You look down at the speedometer and notice you are speeding. So you pull over to the side of the road.

    The policeman then approaches the window of your car with his citation pad and pen in his hand. But before he can write you a ticket, you roll down the window and tell him he is fired. That preemptive strike keeps you from having to pay a fine.

  • From the mailbag ...

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    At least once a week I receive a letter, note or clipping about an issue readers have an opinion on. We happily print letters to the editor on a wide variety of subjects (and welcome more), but among the letters I receive for publication are those that are either unsigned or signed but whose authors don’t want them to be published.

  • Rebuilding rural infrastructure

    Michael Dora

    Guest Columnist


    Some people remember when many rural households didn’t have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there’s still lots of room for improvement. In fact, our American infrastructure used to be the envy of the world, but now it’s in disrepair.

  • LETTER: A right to protest and respond

    A reply to Brett Sander letter in the April 16th edition of the Perry County News: For the sake of relative brevity, I will try to hit some of the facts and highlights and not deal too much with opinions and accusations.

    The Caravan

  • Slow start, cool spring

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    I want to say spring has sprung, but it hasn’t landed. I have 215 Freedom Ranger chicks coming in the mail next week and I want warm-not just sort of warm-for the new 2-legged arrivals. My lettuces, potatoes, onions and kale are fine (they will actually thrive in these conditions) but I need warm before I can even think of putting a tomato, bean or cucumber out in the garden.

  • Friends past and present

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    Hubert Kleaving died April 7. His obituary appeared in Thursday’s issue. He was a longtime friend of my family and was good friends with my dad. The Kleaving farm isn’t exactly next door but lies just a few hills and valleys away.

  • Step up for children in need

    It’s often said that no one really knows what takes place behind closed doors. Smiles and laughter often shield the world from real pain hiding beneath. And when it comes to children, their strife is often the result of being caught in the cross-hairs of an adult issue.

    With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, we encourage all who can to get involved in helping safeguard our children. There are numerous ways in this community to do so.

  • Immigration, language and economy

    Overheard, recently, at an area restaurant: woman tells girl at register that she and her party have a reservation; girl exchanges a few words with owner who then asks woman – in clear English – if she could have five minutes; yes, the first woman snaps, but I don’t speak Spanish and would appreciate it if you wouldn’t in my presence.

    I was appalled at this woman’s expression of linguistic and cultural prejudice.