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Columns

  • As the holiday season nears, are you thankful for the church?

    By Charles Areson

    Guest Columnist

     

    As we enter a season of Thanksgiving and Christmas, our hearts normally turn toward the things of which we are thankful and the gifts we have given and received. In that spirit, I would like to ask you to think of the church, specifically, the churches of Tell City.

  • We all need change

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in January 2003 and seemed appropriate to republish with recent news.

     

    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.

  • Smartphones down, please

    Mark Bennett

    Terre Haute Tribune-Star

     

    Most of us are guilty. We have relinquished the responsibility of using our flesh-and blood memory to the digital memory inside our smartphones. Videoing beats remembering. A replay of life inside a mind generates no likes or retweets, and can’t go viral, or entertain us or our friends or people we kind of know on our social media list. A device built in China or Hungary retains special moments better than human gray matter, right?

  • Holiday greenery has some forgotten symbolism

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today.

    Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

  • The return of deer-hunting season

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    Guest Columnist

     

    Saturday, Nov. 18, marks the beginning of deer-hunting season for licensed firearms hunters in Indiana.

  • Help others enjoy the holidays

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With the approach of Thanksgiving, many of us are preparing to give thanks for what we have and to the chagrin of many, the Christmas season is already in full swing. From now until the New Year, most of us will all celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

    Presents will be exchanged and many meals will be served to show our appreciation. But not everyone is fortunate enough to have as much as others.

  • Teaching our children to be grateful givers

    Tami Silverman

    Indiana Youth Institute

     

    It’s the time of year when many of us plan big family meals, decorate our homes and start holiday shopping. At the same time, we have all heard the phrase “it’s better to give than to receive.”

    Yet, amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, how do we teach our children to go beyond consumerism to focus on gratitude and the needs of others?

  • Saving for higher education

    Erin Houchin

    State Sen. District 47

     

    Planning for children to receive a college degree can seem like a daunting task, and I understand that firsthand as the mother of three young kids. Over the last several years, we have seen what seems like annual increases in the costs of higher education.

  • Winter strawberry bed care

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    If you want strawberries from your garden next season, you should do a little mulching now in order to protect the buds that have already been set. These buds were set back in August, in fact. 

    The weather was decent at the time so it should be a good year for the berries; as long as they make it through the winter unscathed.

  • The skunk under the steps

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I have a skunk living, or at least visiting regularly, underneath the concrete steps leading to my house in New Boston. The animal, which is large and has more white on it than most skunks I see,  hasn’t caused any real issues thus far, other than scaring me twice and causing me anxiety every time I walk to the house.