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Columns

  • Gun violence’s modern cause

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perrycountynews.com

     

    Finding ways to combat youth gun violence needs a coming together of the minds, from politicians, the health sector and general public. It stems from a combination of problems: an anti-gun control preference in our nation that puts a high value on its Second Amendment rights, along with a mental-health issue that expounds from a cultural polarity that has put weapons in the mainstream and violence on a pedestal for impressionable youths.

  • Treating opioid addiction responsibly

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    As our state faces an increasing drug epidemic that is nearing crisis levels, we must take action. We must combat drug abuse on all fronts, including prevention, treatment, and enforcement. However, we must do so responsibly.

  • Love is in the air and skunks are on the move

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    It is that time of year again, and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind. Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering in the pasture this past week; and I got an Instagram video from my niece as she was clearly backing away from a lumbering black and white rodent down by the river!

  • Cool season weeds waiting in the wings

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I was just thinking about spring, but then I realized I should just live in the moment and be thankful that I do not have to battle weeds this time of the year! Spring and cool- season weeds will be here soon enough.

    The most common cool-season annual and perennial weeds will be germinating once our soils warm a bit. It is amazing how quickly it can happen as our days get longer and the sun shines more frequently.

  • Valentine’s Day drama

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Valentine’s Day was one of those holidays that gave sweaty palms to 1970s third-graders. Back then, it was custom for every student to give each classmate a valentine. That might still be the practice. I should ask my nephews.

  • Tax law and rural hospitals

    WENDELL POTTER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    One of the selling points for the tax bill President Trump signed into law a few weeks ago is that it will spur job growth because corporations will use money they otherwise would have paid in taxes to hire more workers.

    But for rural areas and small towns, one provision of the new law may result in the closure of one of their biggest employers – their hospital.

  • Late February an ideal time for pruning

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    In a fit of gratitude, I made a list of the things I loved about my life the other day. I managed eight solid things, none were frivolous; and one prompted the whole exercise: I love warm February days.

    This beautiful February day set into motion a very productive weekend. It felt so good to get some good old-fashioned garden clean up done with my husband by my side and the sheep grazing freely about. It makes you feel optimistic about the rest of your life.

  • Guessing the weather

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I was in freshman German class at Heritage Hills High School and on one Saturday morning in a 1980s hog barn, I practiced my toddler-level language skills on a couple of old farmers.

    I was learning that their German dialect, passed on from the mid-1880s hadn’t kept up with the modern German I was studying in school. The pronunciation was especially different. One farmer grabbed his suspenders and frowned in disappointment as a I counted to 20 in German.

  • Advocating for at-risk children in foster care

    State Rep. Stephen Bartels

    District 74

     

    Substance abuse is affecting Hoosier families, communities and lives statewide, and the stories are gut-wrenching. The opioid epidemic in our state is significantly impacting those who are most vulnerable, and we must find a way to support the children suffering by no fault of their own.

  • Closing the dyslexia gap

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Studies estimate that approximately 20 percent of the population is affected at some level with dyslexia. Chances are, you may have a child with this learning disability, or know someone who does.