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Columns

  • Cornfield memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    The dry weather of the last few weeks has helped local corn crops mature and dry fairly quickly. Some farmers have begun their harvest and, at least in Spencer County, it’s easy to find freshly gleaned fields.

  • Serving our veterans

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

     

    District 74

     

    The summer and fall months provide legislators the opportunity to study issues facing. Later this month, the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs will meet to examine and review ways to better serve our veterans.

  • Small-town life

    Ashley Williams Edge

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s Note: This column was submitted after an accident that injured Mark Williams, a Tell City Water Department employee. Williams continues to recover from his injuries. 

     

  • As fall nears, consider benefits of ‘green manure’

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand, and hoe. I started using cover crops about eight years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness. 

  • Safety, success can coexist for student athletes

    State Rep.

    Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Football is back in full swing for our local schools. With it comes the excitement of another season for student athletes and communities.

    I always enjoy this time of year because it usually means I am back on the sidelines on Friday nights coaching one of my boys and the rest of the team in the sport we love so much. Every weeknight at practice, we always work to improve our play on the field but it’s important we remember the safety of our kids should be a top priority.

  • Action needed to curb growing national debt

    Sen. Dan Coats

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Over the summer, I was cleaning out some old documents, and I came across a press release from 1982, when I was a Member of the House for the 4th District of Indiana.

    Thirty-four years ago, I wrote about how we need to balance the federal budget, and how that cannot be done without slowing the growth of mandatory spending. I was alarmed at the rate of growth in mandatory programs and how Washington’s autopilot-spending had allowed Medicare to grow to the point where it reached $46 billion.

  • Spotlighting enviro issues

    Maureen Hayden

    Guest Column

     

    When three candidates for governor agreed to a trio of debates, all signed onto a list of issues to be discussed. Education, jobs and the economy will take center stage, along with health, social matters and “other issues as warranted.

    Jesse Kharbanda hopes that last category includes the environment.

  • Improving Hoosier education will take bold moves

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist

     

    When a new school year kicks off, you can count on two things: back-to-school sales and people (especially politicians) pretending to care about education. Both things are finished by September.

  • Labor Day has passed, but summer still here

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    As youngsters, it seemed time crawled. It seem-ed like the clock was in slow motion as kids awaited Christmas, for school to be out or a scheduled birthday party.

    Now, after the years have pilled up, one on top of another, decade on top of decade, it seems the clock is spinning to set a new land speed record.

    Time races by. It seems like we should just be planting flowers and tomato plants, not digging them up with the arrival of fall and the end of the growing season.

  • Moss needs consistent moisture and shade

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Moss no longer carries the stigma of being an undesirable plant. Some still refer to it as a problem but largely, folks are accepting of this somewhat opportunistic plant.

    Moss like it shady and moist and we don’t always have the moisture to maintain a nice lush garden of it. This year is certainly the exception.