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Columns

  • Goofy “Ant-Man” stands out from the Marvel pack

    Eric Harris

    Movie Review

     

  • Where the presidency is headed

     

    LEE HAMILTON

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying. The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago.

  • Trouble shooting tomato problems

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Everyone is talking about what a terrible season it has been for vegetable farming. My garden is growing weeds while the onions rot and the tomatoes languish on the vine.  The rain has made for soggy ground that starves annual plants of oxygen. 

  • Let’s celebrate our schools

    SEAN RISSE

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Which school is better? I am often asked this question from friends and family. I suppose many get caught up in the rivalry and others see my connections with both school districts. 

  • Long-gone Adyeville chapel had rich history

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I made mention a couple of months ago of local historian Tony Collignon’s desire to find out more about a late-1800s Catholic chapel in the Adyeville area that went by the name of St. Jude Thaddeus. Tony had the dates of when he thought the chapel was open and he had shared emails with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, but he had no substantive information on the chapel. He did not have to wait long for an answer.

  • Ivory apocalypse: Market needs more product

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    As an American, I have only seen elephants at the usual places and never knowingly held a piece of ivory in my hand. Honestly, it’s not a top-of-mind topic for me. So, maybe, I’m out of touch with the fever-pitch necessity surrounding crushing theme behind the eradication of the ivory trade.

    “We’re not only crushing ivory, we’re crushing the ivory market.” U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a recent demonstration.

  • ‘Magic Mike’ is back for a fun, drama-free, time

    Eric Harris

    Film Review

     

    It’s always interesting to watch a film that is not intended for you at all. This has been my experience with “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the first “Magic Mike.”

    Each time, I wasn’t watching the movies so much as I was conducting a social observation: what do women want in their movies?

    Most people think of romantic movies when they think of movies intended for women, but those movies are really meant for couples to watch.

  • Foliar diseases spread in wet weather

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The wet summer so far has made for a great weed season and some soggy looking vegetable gardens!  Those that are part of the fungi family are having a real ball!  Gardeners are wondering about the toadstools popping up in their lawns; others are confounded by the stinky, phallic-looking things poking through their mulch, a mushroom commonly called the stinkhorn; and the slimy orange globs on cedar trees got many thinking aliens had landed in their landscape. 

  • Forgiveness in Charleston

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Men and women who had every reason to voice hatred toward Dylann Roof, the accused Charleston, S.C., church shooter, instead forgave him when he appeared before them last month via a closed-circuit TV camera. Even before their family members’ funerals, with Emmanuel AME Church a crime scene, the loved ones of men and women killed in cold blood offered words of forgiveness.

  • Pence’s challenge to EPA: Good for Indiana or bad?

    DONALD NEWELL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    On Wednesday, June 24, Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter to Barack Obama stating that if the EPA’s final Clean Power Plan was not “demonstrably and significantly improved” from the proposed plan the EPA issued on June 2nd, 2014, that Indiana would not comply with the rule.