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Columns

  • Border wars and the right to professional license

    Leo Morris

    Columnist

     

    I enjoy my regular coiffure-adjustment sessions because they give me a glimpse of something I seldom get to see — the back of my head, when the barber sticks the small mirror in front of my face so I can see into the giant mirror behind me.

    He always asks a variation of the same question, which tickles me no end: “So, what do you think?” What am I supposed to say to that? “It looks awful, too short, put some of it back”?

  • Sex ed on the farm

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    There was quite the debate in the Indiana General Assembly this session on how to give parents more say over what their kids in public schools are learning when it comes to sex education. Healthy debate is usually good and I think parents should know what their kids are being taught, not just about sex, but most other topics.

  • Raised beds for vegetables

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    One dilemma facing many aspiring vegetable gardeners is sub-prime soil, shall we say. Compacted, clayey soil is not uncommon in Kentuckiana but it is especially common in newer developments. One way to off-set the problem is to employ a system of raised beds.

  • The push for redistricting reform

    KELLY HAWES

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Julia Vaughn doesn’t hide her frustration with state Rep. Milo Smith, the man who single-handedly derailed an effort to reform Indiana’s redistricting process.

    “The way it all played out was incredibly disappointing,” said Vaughn, policy director for Common Cause Indiana. “He led us to believe he liked our proposal. He was a co-sponsor of the bill, for goodness’ sake.”

  • A Good Friday reminder

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s note: This article was first published in April 2010. It has appeared each year during Holy Week.

     

    I didn’t make it to Good Friday church services last week. But watching a few good men remove a dead man from his truck served as good a reminder as any of not only Jesus’ death but those who pulled him from the cross.

  • Cross-sector partnerships needed to help children, tackle challenges

    Tami Silverman

    Guest Columnist

    Urgent, complex challenges affect children across Indiana, including high infant mortality rates, persistent achievement gaps and the soaring impact of parental opioid use.

  • Spring lawn care is simple; do not fertilize

    by Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

    Pay no attention to the man behind the screen, or should I say on the screen. Commercials for lawn fertilizers show up on the airwaves this time of the year promising the perfect lawn if you apply this product or that. In fact, keeping a healthy attractive lawn is not that complicated if you maintain good habits; and this does not necessarily include spring fertilization.

  • Donald Trump versus Adam Smith and tariffs

    Mark Franke

    Guest Columnist

     

    When I was a college freshman taking my first political theory class, my professor explained why some government policies are good (meaning popular) and others are scorned. The answer is simple: It depends on whose ox is being gored.

    Tariffs are exactly that kind of policy. In a free-trade environment, struggling domestic industries being undercut in price or otherwise losing market share to foreign imports see their oxen getting readied for the barbecue.

  • Fireflies’ shining state grace

    Leo Morris

    Columnist

     

    Those who worry about Indiana’s image in more enlightened sections of the country can relax a little now that one black mark on the state’s reputation has been erased: It is no longer one of only four states that do not have an official insect.

  • 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?