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Columns

  • For the media, traditional values still matter

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress

     

    I have been involved in politics and policy-making for more than 50 years, and as you can imagine I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They’re not what you might think, however.

  • We enforce the laws to save lives

    JOHN ALLEN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    If there is one thing I could urge all motorists – drivers, passengers, front seat, back seat, all ages – to do every time you get in a vehicle, it’s buckle up.

    It is the single-most effective way to avoid being killed in a crash. Would you ever ride a roller coaster without the harness down? Would you ever skydive without a parachute? When you ride in a motor vehicle without a seat belt, you are taking a huge risk. One you can’t afford.

  • Do you need a simple photo?

    Vince Luecke Editor

    editor@perrycountynews.com

     

    This Saturday, April 18, is the Great Day of Service. Sponsored by several local church congregations, the project was the idea of Pastor Dan Hopkins of First Baptist Church in Tell City.

    A story on today’s front page lists some of the specific activities and services planned. One of them will be provided by the Perry County News and I’d like to share a few ideas I have about what we are doing.

  • The importance of air temperature and soil moisture

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    So how do precipitation and temperature affect plants? Well, in just about every way possible. Excessive precipitation, especially in poorly drained soils, can restrict oxygen intake by roots.

    Oxygen is vital for all other processes to occur that impact growth and vigor.  In years where we have experienced excessively wet springs, we typically see stunting and yellowing in herbaceous plants. 

  • Small towns still matter

    CHRIS FLOOK

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    In slightly over a year, Indiana will celebrate its bicentennial with fireworks, parades and plenty of speeches in small towns across the state that are quickly emptying and nearly forgotten as a generation or two rushes to fill up larger cities and their adjacent suburbs.

  • One controversy shouldn’t alter nation’s view of Hoosiers

    GREG ZOELLER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    As Indiana’s attorney general, I have legal obligations as the lawyer to state government that do not permit me to provide specific legal analysis or advice to the public, but only to my government clients. But as attorney general, I want to reassure all Hoosiers that our Constitution provides strong protections for both religious liberties and protections against discrimination.

    The current issues involving state statutes can in no way lessen any constitutional rights.

  • Treat littering as a crime

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Stop littering! It’s a message often repeated, but one that has apparently yet to sink in the minds of the litterbugs of Perry County whose ugly handiwork can be seen alongside highways and county roads.

  • Protecting the religious rights of Hoosiers

    Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

    State Representative

     

    With the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, Indiana became the 31st state in the nation to enact some form of religious protection into statute. Unfortunately, I have noticed considerable amounts of misinformation surrounding this issue and have received multiple questions regarding it. That is why I would like to take this opportunity to provide some clarity, as well as discuss what this law will and will not do.

  • Who will benefit from state’s religious freedom bill? Lawyers

    DAVE BANGERT

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s Note: The column, published in the  (Lafayette) Journal and Courier, was written before last week’s signing by Gov. Mike Pence of the state’s religious freedom legislation.

    Editor’s Note: The column, published in the  (Lafayette) Journal and Courier, was written before last week’s signing by Gov. Mike Pence of the state’s religious freedom legislation.

     

     

  • Far too few HIV answers

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Most journalists working on stories are accustomed to not having some phone calls returned. It’s hard to believe, I know, but some people don’t want to talk with reporters or editors. Sometimes it’s because the news spotlight is on them and while almost everyone voices support for the press in principle, that admiration disappears sometimes when the news is about them. Other times, the lack of a callback is due to simple apathy or a lack of time.