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Columns

  • Growing up with the Web

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

     

    reporter@spencer countyjournal.com

    My generation, the “millennial” cohort born between 1981 and 1996, are often the talk of the day among pundits. For a time, any mention was usually coupled with accusations of laziness or the cold-blooded murder of various industries, for which we apparently showed insufficient loyalty or wealth to support.

  • Friends past and present

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    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.

  • Longing for spring

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    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.

  • 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

    FRANK SANDAGE

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    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.

  • Border wars and the right to professional license

    Leo Morris

    Columnist

     

    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”?

  • Sex ed on the farm

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    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.

  • 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.

  • The push for redistricting reform

    KELLY HAWES

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Julia Vaughn doesn’t hide her frustration with state Rep. Milo Smith, the man who single-handedly derailed an effort to reform Indiana’s redistricting process.

    “The way it all played out was incredibly disappointing,” said Vaughn, policy director for Common Cause Indiana. “He led us to believe he liked our proposal. He was a co-sponsor of the bill, for goodness’ sake.”