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Columns

  • 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. 

  • Preparing for Indiana’s unpredictable storm season

    State Rep. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    With changing seasons comes unpredictable and sometimes dangerous weather in the Hoosier State. Severe weather can develop quickly, which is why it is important to be prepared and know when to take necessary safety precautions.

    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has developed a severe-weather- preparedness fact sheet to help families understand how to prepare before, during and after storms hit. Some key tips are listed below.

    Before:

  • Just as salsa season nears, pepper blight returns

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    About 40 years ago, a fungus was discovered in pepper crops in New York and has since spread as far as California and Florida. It’s in our midst, as well. The fungus in question causes phytophthora blight in peppers.

    Some refer to the sudden wilting of peppers as damping off, phytophthora root rot, crown rot or stem and fruit rot. Clearly, the fungus impacts the entire plant. I had a problem with this blight in my pepper patch and it seems as though it is back.

  • Cool It

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    Several years ago, I went to Indianapolis to visit my sister and her family. I don’t often have breaks during the summer because of the nature of my business. I own a lawn service and it is very difficult to get away during my busy season. It’s kind of like a schoolteacher’s job in reverse. I’m trapped in my county during the summer, but have the winters off.

  • A real dog and pony show

    Clarke Blackford

    Guest Columnist

     

    In the summer of 1970, after Kathy and I were married, we moved to Evansville. I was teaching there and we moved into an apartment near my school.

    Across the alley from our apartment lived Mr. and Mrs. Shephard, a couple with a 4- or 5-year-old little girl. In their backyard were two buildings.

  • Life’s a lot like a bingo game

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Life is a lot like a game of Sunday bingo. Sooner or later everyone’s number comes up.

    I’ve come across several bingo games in the past few weeks, at St. Paul’s church picnic in City Hall Park and at a few other community events. I didn’t have time to play but I would have liked to.