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Columns

  • The power of positive attitude

    Eric Kehl

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s Note: This article is one in an occasional series of columns on work ethics. It was written by Eric Kehl of German American.

     

    Whether you are a student studying for your education, a volunteer working to support your community or an employee in the workforce, your attitude towards your task at hand means absolutely everything. 

    Nowhere is your positive attitude more appreciated by others than when you are at work.

  • Why the need to be mean?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Social media is a great thing but in too many instances it has a dark side: a coarsening of the public discourse. Simply put, people who regularly talk to one another, even strangers, politely when face to face, aren’t as civil to one another when communicating electronically.

  • When it comes to protecting plants, controlling weeds, mulch matters

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks. When done properly, it can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature. These things can be achieved using a variety of materials. But which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • Charlie Tuggle memorial ride set for April 29

    TELL CITY – Braunie’s Bar will host the 10th annual Charlie Tuggle Memorial Ride Saturday, April 29. Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. with all vehicles departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3:30 p.m.

    All Jeeps and SUVs are welcome. The public is welcome to participate.

    Donations accepted will go to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and Schreiber Family Charities.

    For more information, call Braunie’s at (812) 547-8803 or John at (812) 547-7917.

  • It’s time to spot seed lawn’s bare patches

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I do not worry about any perfection in our “lawn” around the house. It largely blends into the pastures where we graze sheep and poultry. However, we do need to spot seed from time to time to recover heavy-use areas and around bale feeders.

    The areas we need to address are small, otherwise I would be hesitant to do much until late August.  Spring seeding comes second to the preferred late summer timing for complete lawn renovation or seeding a brand-new lawn.

  • Perry County’s Irish eyes

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It takes just a few seconds to rub away the moss hiding the etched words over Margaret Duffy’s tomb. Still legible 140 years after the 15-year-old’s death, the two short sentences echo the cry her parents surely felt. “Behold this grave and shed a tear,” the tombstone requests of passersby. “Beauty and virtue is buried here.”

  • Bloated budgets, troops at risk

    Jonathan Bydlak

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    How much does the Department of Defense waste on overhead and outside contractors? Pentagon officials recently paid an outside consulting firm to find out.

    When the consultants put the figure at $125 billion, defense officials were scared Congress would cut their budget. So they tossed the multi-million-dollar report in the trash and hoped no one would find it.

  • Irish women roots of American progress

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perrycountynews.com

     

    If you’re a female artist of Irish ancestry who couples her HIIT regime with a balance of healthy eating, March is a great month. More than just St. Patrick’s Day, corned beef, and leprechauns, it’s never too late, or early for that matter, to indulge in the less traditional aspect of the history.

  • Balancing individual rights and the common good

    Alexander P. Orlowski

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    As Americans, we are united in the belief that all people have certain inalienable rights. Chief among these are, as President Thomas Jefferson penned, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    At the same time American values are also deeply rooted in a strong sense of community. This sentiment is reflected in our national motto: “E Pluribus Unum,” which means “out of many, one.”

  • Another anniversary in American history occurs in March

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    The roar tore through the night air like the wail of a thousand banshees as the Mexican army swarmed toward the walls of the old mission. The cannons barked, spitting blistering fire and heavy iron balls at the Texan defenders atop the battlements of the Alamo.