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Columns

  • COLUMN: Christmas eats abound

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The holiday season isn’t just about eating, but meals seem to be an important part of year-end celebrations for many of us. They certainly are for me.

  • ‘Dumb and Dumber’ has not aged well in theater return

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

    “We should stop reviewing comed-ies.” That is the title of an article I wrote for my website over a year and a half ago, and I’ve stuck to it, aside from “This Is the End,” but I made an exception for that since it was an apocalyptic comedy.

    After watching “Dumb and Dumber To,” I felt compelled to break my own rule again. The exception this time: a comedy sequel to a beloved movie from my youth.

  • Lookout towers stand as sentinels to history

    By TEENA LIGMAN
    Guest Columnist

  • COLUMN: Become a holiday helper

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The upcoming holidays are a time when most of us go out of our way to give to others, whether it’s to children, parents, nieces and nephews or close friends.

    A lot of us also mark Christmas by giving to those who are less fortunate, especially children.

    Thanksgiving and Christmas have long been times when we’ve reached out to others. That was on display Thursday at Evangelical United Church of Christ and the meal volunteers there to serve.

  • COLUMN: Pence earns high marks in study

    By STEPHEN KING
    Guest Columnist

    The Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C., libertarian policy think tank, recently released its “2014 Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors.” The results are positive for Indiana.

  • COLUMN: Plan now for upcoming visit by St. Nicholas

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I was chided last year for not reminding readers about the approach of St. Nicholas Day until the day before his visit. Not so this year. St. Nicholas is coming Dec. 6, so there is well more than a week to make plans to take part in a great pre-Christmas tradition. Just don’t forget to put out your shoe the evening before the big day.

  • COLUMN: Conversation elicits fond memories of Boy Scout bungles

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    Talking with friends the other day about the Boy Scouts brought back a stream of fond memories. I was in scouting for eight years; Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers, from 8 to 16, some of the best years of my life. I lived for the camping trips and couldn’t get enough of swimming, canoeing, fishing and all aspects of the outdoor life.

  • COLUMN: At core, ‘Fury’ a miserable story about horrors of war

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

  • Protect yourself from the flu

    By DR. GUY SHRAKE
    Guest Columnist

    Indiana’s flu season has arrived. Flu – influenza, formally – is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. About 5 to 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

    The flu costs the United States more than $87 billion annually and is responsible for the loss of about 17 million workdays and substantial classroom time each flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • A history of Veterans Day

    By DONNA MASON
    Guest Columnist

    The definition of armistice is the cessation of hostilities. The most significant armistice to all Americans was signed at 5 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918, ending World War I after four years of conflict.

    This armistice was an order for all firing to cease and the laying down of all arms. All over the world there were many demonstrations, blowing of whistles and impromptu parades. Many businesses closed their doors as the world rejoiced for the ending of “the war to end all wars.”