Today's Opinions

  • Border wars and the right to professional license

    Leo Morris



    I enjoy my regular coiffure-adjustment sessions because they give me a glimpse of something I seldom get to see — the back of my head, when the barber sticks the small mirror in front of my face so I can see into the giant mirror behind me.

    He always asks a variation of the same question, which tickles me no end: “So, what do you think?” What am I supposed to say to that? “It looks awful, too short, put some of it back”?

  • This spring, be kind to swarming bees

    It seems that spring is here again. The trees are budding and the flowers are starting to bloom. The honeybees are becoming active. We see them in the yard working on soft maple blooms and elm trees.  They are carrying the pollen back into the hives to raise young brood for the year.

    Soon the hives will become overcrowded with bees and they will start to swarm. This is nature’s way of creating more colonies of bees.

  • Tariff would be a threat to local newspapers

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.

    Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

  • Sex ed on the farm

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    There was quite the debate in the Indiana General Assembly this session on how to give parents more say over what their kids in public schools are learning when it comes to sex education. Healthy debate is usually good and I think parents should know what their kids are being taught, not just about sex, but most other topics.

  • Hospital is on right financial track

    It’s good to see Perry County Memorial Hospital doing better financially. As we report in today’s issue, the hospital earned more than $455,686 in the first two months of the year. That follows a financially challenging 2017 in which the hospital basically broke even.

    We reported on the relatively small number of jobs that were cut last year and other positions that were eliminated in an effort to reduce costs as revenue fell below the hospital’s budget.

  • Raised beds for vegetables

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    One dilemma facing many aspiring vegetable gardeners is sub-prime soil, shall we say. Compacted, clayey soil is not uncommon in Kentuckiana but it is especially common in newer developments. One way to off-set the problem is to employ a system of raised beds.

  • Just a reminder, Derby is still here

    I am writing to you to share a personal concern and to forewarn others in case they may possibly also be sharing this experience I am concerned about. So here goes:

    About 20 years ago, I thought I moved from New Boston in Spencer county to Derby in Perry County. I thought I built a house on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River. I thought I built some boat storage buildings, built a boat ramp, visited our local store and tavern, watched our neighbors construct and rent cabins, thereby receiving a host of visitors.

  • Alzheimer’s fight needs bold support

    It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often,  Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.  

    And with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is one that demands more attention from our government.