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Columns

  • Farewell, Perry County

    Jake Bethel

    Staff Writer

     

    Well, my run here at Perry County News has come to an end. On to the next chapter of my journalistic and professional life I go. But I won’t soon forget all of the fantastic people I’ve met and interacted with here in Perry County.

    Through all of the meetings I’ve covered, citizens interviewed for stories and events attended, I’ve met many of those who make Perry County run. That includes civic groups, at the city level and school boards.

  • It’s Eclipse Day

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Today’s eclipse will be an event to remember and we’re not even in the zone of totality. All but 2 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon this afternoon and I’d suggest most Perry Countians will be watching, either through solar eclipse glasses or on TV or online.

  • A case study in school performance and enrollment

    Michael Hicks

    Ball State University

     

    A few months ago, my local paper ran a story on a local school corporation that is struggling with enrollment and budgets. This is a familiar problem in maybe half of Indiana’s school corporations. After all, 54 of 92 Hoosier counties saw population declines last year, so shrinking school enrollment is not merely common but ubiquitous across much of the state.

  • Helping Hoosier job creators

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Indiana is consistently ranked as a state with one of the best business climates in the nation. Policies enacted in recent years are creating an environment where businesses and hardworking Hoosiers have an opportunity to succeed. While this is a notable accomplishment, further cutting red tape for Indiana’s job creators is key to making our state an even better place for small businesses to expand and hire more Hoosier workers.

  • Nine presidents

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them.

    I met JFK twice for brief conversations. I don’t know our current President, but I’ve gained valuable perspective from his predecessors.

  • Do unto others ...

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The Golden Rule isn’t just a religious directive but a simple guide many of us try to live by.

    Treating others like we want to be treated. I try to live by this concept, though I’ve certainly not followed it perfectly. I break it when I judge people before I know them, when I let my temper get the best of me without a just cause and by taking advantage of others for my own gain.

  • Indiana education at new heights

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

     

    A strong education provides students with the tools they need to become college and career-ready. Providing Hoosier students with opportunities to excel can lead to a robust workforce who is prepared to take Indiana to the next level.

    It is encouraging to see Indiana education making headlines for a number of positive reasons this summer, including more young Hoosiers taking challenging courses in high school and completing college.

  • Too soon to head back to school?

    State Rep. Ron Bacon

    District 75

     

    The new school year is upon us, although it seems like yesterday that my grandkids were just getting off of the bus for summer break. While some may feel ready to get their kids back to school, others may think the break was a bit short. The topic of school start dates is one that has and continues to be discussed by policymakers.

  • Bagworms on the move

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Who among us is guilty of not noticing something until it’s too late? Yes, all of a sudden there is nothing left of your blue spruce or arborvitae. Bagworms have been munching on the needles for weeks and we wonder how it all happened.  Well, they are at work right now so go outside and take inventory of your evergreens because that’s what the bagworm likes the most. Now is the time they do their damage unless we put a stop to it.

  • There is crying in baseball ... and spit-up too

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist

     

    Before my daughter was born, whenever I saw people with a baby in a non-baby setting like a movie theater (I’ve been at an R-rated movie and heard a baby crying, which is insane) or a professional baseball game, I would think, “Why would you do that? Find a sitter!”

    Now that I’m a parent, I understand why I saw babies at events like that: you cannot allow a baby to make you a shut-in, and you can’t pass your baby off to someone else every time you want to do something fun.