Today's Opinions

  • Legislators’ work not quite done




    President Dwight Eisenhower once said that farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from a cornfield.  That quote leapt to mind when I read recent articles featuring sharp criticism of this year’s General Assembly. In defense of all 150 members of the legislature, I felt the record had to be set straight.

  • Wake up and speak up for our health

    On Thursday evening, March 22, the Dale Zoning Board  voted 4-3 to push through a decision to rezone the newly acquired 512 acres they recently annexed in to Dale as Industrial.

    They had a choice between industrial or commercial. I applaud the courage of the three zoning board members who voted against this. The acreage is presently zoned agriculture and since the town of Dale does not have a classification for agriculture, the property must be zoned either commercial or industrial.

  • Thanks for supporting Legion egg hunt

    Cannelton American Legion Unit 142 would like to thank the following for their generous donations to our annual Easter Egg hunt.

    Thanks to Subway, Papa John’s, Iron Gate, Hauenstein’s, Roland’s Jewelry, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Chicago Pizza, and the Barge Inn. We would also like to thank all of our volunteers who helped with the hunt and Richard Saalman for acting as our Easter Bunny.

    He and other area beekeepers are happy to come and collect them. Bees are a sign of new life for bees but hives frequently become overcrowded.

  • Longing for spring

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    It’s not that I’m a big hater of winter, but I’ve already had more than enough late-season snow and chill. Yes, it’s time for spring, temperatures in the 70s and 80s and the sound of lawnmowers and garden tillers, not snow shovels.

  • Make your voices heard on local environmental issues

    With all the recent discussion and debate on the pros and cons of a proposed $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant that may be coming to the Dale area, it’s heartening to know citizens have a big heart for their community.

    A desire to protect our county’s water, air and soil shows a strong sense of community, as does a desire to provide investment and jobs.

  • Spring vegetables among the easiest of the season

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    We spent the weekend weeding, preparing soil and planting potatoes, onions, leeks, lettuces, peas, carrots and beets. It felt so good to start the vegetable growing season. Then I looked at the weather forecast calling for snow in April.

  • Okinawa

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist


    This year is one where Easter fell on April Fool’s Day. That doesn’t happen very often but it did in 1945 too. In fact, on Easter Day/ April Fool’s Day of 1945, American forces invaded the Japanese island of Okinawa during World War ll. It came toward the end of the conflict and was the last major battle. It was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater. The 82-day fight lasted until June 22, 1945.

  • Snowflakes, Daisy Mae and the doctor




    I am Frankie David Sandage. I was born Dec. 6, 1937, and hold an earned doctorate from Indiana University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. I am the new owner of a 2-year-old Border Collie named Daisy Mae. On Sunday, March 18, 2018, Mary Lou and I drove to Jeffersonville in my Chevy van to pick up a car crate that is 3 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet. Then we proceeded to North Vernon, to pick up Daisy Mae, a well-trained beauty.