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Columns

  • Why our generation is losing faith in the electoral process

    JENNIFER HAUSER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Last month something occurred in our general election that has only transpired five times in the 240 year existence of our nation, the president-elect was not the winner of the popular vote.

    Hillary Clinton received 61,039,676 votes and Donald Trump received 60,371,193 which would make Secretary Clinton the winner, right? Wrong. In our country we have what is known as the Electoral College to make the final determination of who has won the presidency in the election.

  • Thinking about health

    TRUDY LIEBERMANN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Surprise medical bills spell big trouble for consumers, especially those who find themselves in an emergency room. Such “surprises” have surfaced as a major patient problem, but because of entrenched healthcare interests, a solution is not likely any time soon.

    Here’s what happens. Patients arrive at the emergency room of a hospital that is in their insurer’s provider network. However, the physician who treats them is out of network.

  • The naked woman in my shower (again)

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    A late-season visitor to my house last week reminded me of this column, first published several years ago.

     

    For someone accustomed to showering alone, the appearance of a naked stranger in the bathroom can be a bit alarming. I was bleary-eyed tired but sober and one-night stands have never been my style. Nevertheless, I climb-ed in a couple of weeks ago, more than willing to share my body wash with the long-legged lady. 

  • Flocking starlings a fall ritual

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Last Sunday, I felt like I was under siege! There were starlings everywhere; so much so that I feared being splattered with poop at every turn. The surprising thing about starlings is that they are everywhere, yet, not from here.

  • What you need to know about choosing health insurance

    TRUDY LIEBERMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Even though the election is over and Republicans are in a position to repeal and replace Obamacare as they’ve been vowing to do for several years, that doesn’t mean you should avoid signing up for 2017 insurance coverage.

  • Time for St. Nick’s visit

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I was chided last year for not reminding readers in time about the approach of St. Nicholas Day. Not so this year. St. Nicholas is coming Dec. 6, so there is well more than a week to make plans to take part in a great pre-Christmas tradition. Just don’t forget to put out your shoe the evening before the big day.

  • Scholarships for future teachers

    Erin Houchin

    State Senate District 47

     

    The winter months are an exciting time for high school seniors as they begin to decide what their next step will be after graduation. For those who are choosing to continue their education at a college or university, the daunting task of deciding where to go and how to pay for it follow soon after the acceptance letters arrive in the mail.

  • Indiana’s November surprise

    Larry DeBoer

    Guest Columnist

     

    Ten Indiana school districts offered property tax referenda Nov. 8, to finance buildings or budgets. That was the most for a November election since 2010. More referenda are offered during elections in May, probably because 69 percent of all May referenda have passed since 2010. Only 39 percent of November’s have passed in that time.

    On Nov. 8, 2016, nine out of 10 school referenda passed. It was a November surprise. Why did it happen?

  • Civil War soldiers buried in Cannelton cemetery

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    If you go to Old Cliff Cemetery above Cannelton and enter the left gateway and then turn immediately to your left you will see two small tombstones. Upon close examination one can read the weathered inscription on the stones.

    They state that M.D. Turrell and Moses Mason, from the New Hampshire Infantry are buried there. How did Union soldiers from New England wind up in a cemetery in southern Indiana? Ah, therein lies a tale.

  • Indian Summer, once again!

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    It feels like we are solidly in another Indian Summer, which always reminds me of an old print my father had hanging in his office: two juxtaposed images of a young man and his grandfather around a small bonfire.