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Columns

  • Brussels sprouts making comeback

    Jeneen Wiche

    Brussels sprouts have made a comeback. It used to be that no one like them and they were hard to come by fresh.

    Old varieties have been greatly improved from those forced on you as a child. Equally, updated cooking methods probably can stand some credit for elevating the previously mushy, bitter Barbie-doll-head-sized cabbage to a crispy, nutty treat.

  • Strengthening Indiana’s education policy

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

     

    After meeting with dozens of teachers across southern Indiana in the last year, the first bill I decided to author as a state senator works to move Indiana’s I-READ reading assessment from third grade to second grade.

    My legislation, Senate Bill 169, requires students who do not pass the I-READ reading assessment in second grade to retake the test during the third grade, which allows for more time and opportunity to strengthen reading abilities.

  • Strengthening Indiana's future

    State Rep.

    Lloyd Arnold

    With the first two weeks of the legislative session complete, things are off to an exciting start. I always enjoy reconnecting with colleagues and meeting new members of our team; however, the thing I look forward to most each session is the positive impact and difference I can make for Hoosiers in southwest Indiana.

  • Who is my brother?

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in January 2004.

    I’ve been bothered by a brother the last couple of weeks. What’s been nagging me isn’t one of my biological brothers, but the word “brother.”

    Few words carry more meaning than brother, or mean so much. Have you used it lately? Can you remember how you used it?

  • Everyone needs forgiveness

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

    Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in January 2003.

    If rain could wash away sins, most umbrellas would go unused. A cold drizzle fell on a middle-aged man’s head as he trotted into a brightly-lit church one Sunday evening in upstate New York. I was on a short vacation and had ventured off the throughway looking for supper and a hotel.

  • Income redistribution won’t help middle class in long run

    DONALD NEWELL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Two of the traditional hallmarks of the middle class are that they work hard and save their money. Even the White House praises the middle class for having those virtues and claims to want to help them prosper.

    But on Jan. 13, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland proposed a new federal initiative that abandons any pretense of trying to promote opportunities for the middle class. Instead, it seeks to turn them into a whole new group of beneficiaries of government-mandated income redistribution.

  • Personalities who left us in 2014

    Vince Luecke

    As we bid farewell to one year and welcome another, it’s tradition to remember the people to whom we said goodbye to in the past year. In looking over the obituaries the News published in 2014, I thought of several people whom I knew to some degree or another. This list is in no way exhaustive. Each of us holds our own collection of loved ones, friends and community leaders we admired who are no longer with us. This list is mine.

  • Succulents for the best indoor winter blooms

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

    Plant collectors have long appreciated orchids and African violets for their winter bloom cycle. I have amassed a collection of both and they help me get through the winter with their colorful interest. But violets and orchids are not the only classes of plants that can deliver in the winter. Think succulents.

    Succulents are plants that have adapted to environments that receive very little rainfall. They can store moisture using small amounts when needed.

  • COLUMN: Pages sought for Indiana House

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    I always love the calm after the holidays. Spending quality time with family, kids playing with their presents and a new year, which brings new opportunities, is officially underway. For state lawmakers, this time of year is spent preparing for the upcoming legislative session, and I look forward to all the work we can accomplish to benefit families in southwest Indiana.

  • COLUMN: Bill offers Pence a safety net if he runs for president. Why?

    By DAVE BANGERT
    Guest Columnist

    Somehow, Gov. Mike Pence must have a string in his back, the way certain action figures once did, specially designed in this case to handle one question, playing on a loop in Indiana and beyond.

    Are you running for president in 2016?

    Pull the string, and hear Pence’s sincere inflection: “My focus is Indiana. (click) My focus is Indiana. (click) My focus is …”

    Click. Click. Click.

    You’ve heard it enough by now to know.