• Hidden treasures:Tulip Trestle, Yoho Store

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales


    Fishing, hunting, camping and hiking usually are the primary focus of the Outdoor Tales column. Sometimes it is something like a flower or tree, maybe even a bug. And, sometimes it is a road trip.

    Often I enjoy just taking a drive and a nice day. There are times there is no destination in mind when the drive begins.

  • Origins of our species: No easy answers

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer


    Cogito ergo sum … I think, therefore I am … is a philosophical proposition made famous by René Descartes. But is that what makes humans unique?

    For years, science has held a pretty firm grip on that query; and the common thread that most of the science world agreed upon was that humans buried their dead. But now, the age-old ominous argument is garnering increased critical questioning from the science world after the discovery of a new genus of hominids.

  • What do we mean by ‘representative government’?

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    With a presidential election year fast approaching, we’re in for a lot of public talk about the state of American democracy. Much of that discussion will be insightful and thought-provoking, but there’s a good chance you’ll also find a lot of it vague and hard to pin down.

    There’s a reason for this. Even our political leaders, the people who are most familiar with the system’s workings, have a hard time describing it.

  • Indiana Bicentennial plans shifting into high gear

    Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman

    Indiana Bicentennial Commission co-chairs


    Indiana has seen abundant change since Dec. 11, 1816, when it was admitted as the 19th state in the union.

    Back then, mountain lions roamed our thick forests and elk grazed our prairies. The majestic bison, so legendary among both Native Americans and European settlers, already was nearly gone, but a few still roamed Indiana’s western edge.

  • Politicians and our economy

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress


    A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it, we’re headed for the fiscal rocks.

  • The Incredible Dr. Waldhier

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    I handle the weekly “Looking Back” feature that runs on the front of Thursday’s Lifestyle section. I enjoy looking over back issues and the task of summarizing news snippets from 70, 50 and 25 years ago. The weekly job shouldn’t require that much time but I always get pulled into the stories so it takes me much longer than it should.

  • Why our labor matters

    Vince Luecke


    editor@perry countynews.com


    With today’s observance of Labor Day, I continue to wonder, as I have asked in years past, if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of and respect for labor as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life. 

  • Working for a better life




    As we do each year, this Labor Day, we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers and celebrate all those who make our country run day in and day out.

    Many of us will be busy this weekend with barbecues, festivals and other types of family events. However, this is also a time to truly consider what strengthens our families and to take a hard look at how failed public policies have diminished working peoples’ ability to sustain a good living.

  • AG Zoeller: Jared Fogle’s story serves as wake-up call

    Greg Zoeller

    Indiana Attorney General


    The arrest of one of Indiana’s celebrities forces us to acknowledge what many still don’t want to believe –  the underground business of sex trafficking exists and is thriving.

    When the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficking Humans Task Force, which I co-chair, first started talking about human trafficking in our state, we were met with skeptics.

  • Grubs not always to blame for brown spots in the lawn

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener


    Whenever brown patches or dead spots appear in the lawn, we are quick to suspect a grub infestation. This is not always the case, though. In fact, contemporary lawn care routines may be more to blame then you realize.  Some lawn care habits encourage disease or make your lawn more desirable to Japanese beetles and masked chafer beetles, both of which deposit the eggs that grow into grubs.