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Columns

  • The hungry squirrel

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    This column was first published in 2011.

     

    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire September 23. I made a quick truck to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.

  • Don’t be fooled: coal’s not our friend

    BRETT SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The  coal-choked 19th-century England of Charles Dickens’s popular novels makes it plain enough that coal is not our friend. Its negative effects on the health of poor and working-class London were immediately evident to any observer.

  • Trump’s ‘unworkable’ executive order destabilizes health care markets

    Tim Lanane

    Guest Columnist

     

    Since the start of the Affordable Care Act  and the expansion of Medicaid through the HIP 2.0 program, over half a million Hoosiers have gained access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. This lowered Indiana’s uninsured rate to just eight percent.

    Unfortunately, President Trump and his administration have put it all at risk by gutting access to the ability to apply and by signing the latest executive order to intentionally destabilize the health insurance marketplace.

  • The future of Indiana coal

    BRUCE STEVENS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt did a big favor for Indiana last Tuesday with the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. This decision will spare Indiana from a massive regulation that would have weakened our power grid, increased electric bills and cost good-paying Hoosier jobs.

    The CPP, established during the Obama administration, was promoted as a way to reduce emissions said to contribute to global warming.

  • It’s what we do that counts

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    I’ve been reminded recently of the old cowboy song, Home on the Range. You know the line, “Where never is heard a discouraging word”? That is not the United States right now. It feels like pretty much everywhere I turn, all I hear is discouragement.

  • Why I choose to stand

    Curtis Hill

    Guest Columnist

     

    One might argue that our nation’s flag is but a mere symbol. True as that may be, symbols play an important role in the life of a nation.

    Growing up, I was taught that whenever we heard the anthem playing and saw Old Glory waving, we would immediately show our respect.

    I would stand.

    I stand because the Stars and Stripes represent the strikingly simple principles of freedom outlined in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • Exciting times for Rome

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    Portions of this column came from a column published a year ago about the community of Rome, but it’s a good segue into many of the big things lying ahead for the community in the coming year.

  • Lilly Counseling Initiative sparks innovative efforts for student success

    Tami Silverman

    President of Indiana Youth Institute

     

  • TC Schools excelling despite call for consolidation

    Guest Column by John Scioldo

    Superintendent, Tell City-Troy Township School Corp.

     

    In response to the recent opinion piece (Sept. 18 editorial, “By the numbers: Perry County should have one school district.”) I would like to offer some insight and clarifications that in my mind are pertinent to the claims made by the author.

  • Autumn’s activity bonanza

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Visiting the farm late last week, I caught an unmistakable smell of fall – recently harvested corn.

    If freshly mowed grass is a harbinger of spring, combines at work prove it’s autumn.

    My brothers and other farmers have begun harvesting early-planted corn, and while they won’t begin full-scale shelling of corn for another couple of weeks, the approach of harvest season is something I find exciting.