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Columns

  • As Blue Bridge reopens, expect red carpet treatment from Owensboro Health

    Philip Patterson
    Guest Columnist

    Think of it as a welcome mat.  The Glover Cary Bridge, freshly repainted and open for business, is once again escorting passengers into Owensboro, Ky. If you haven’t been to our city for a while, I think you will be surprised to learn how much has changed in the past six months.

    • Many exciting construction projects are happening downtown, including a sparkling new convention center, set to open early next year.

    • Restaurants and other businesses are growing.

  • Generation Gap: Cathy Hammack

    BRYSON NAVIAUX
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Editor’s Note: The Perry County News is publishing a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School. The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students. Today’s column is by Bryson Naviaux, who profiles Cathy Hammack.

  • Who was Lee Oswald?

    FRANK SANDAGE
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Have you ever thought about the anatomy of human destructiveness? I am going to put Lee Oswald on my psychiatric couch for you in order to explain him in terms of his individual psychology.

    I start with this understanding. Man’s awareness of himself as being in a strange and overpowering world and his consequent sense of impotence could easily overwhelm him.

  • ’Twas just days before Christmas

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perry countynews.com

    ’Twas four days before Christmas and all through my house, there were no Christmas decorations for anyone to see, not even a little tree. Sorry, I could not find a rhyme for “mouse.”

    As I finish this column on Friday, my house in New Boston is void of any real Christmas cheer. I have yet to find a tree, string lights or pull out stockings, figurines or any of the other Christmasy items I keep in a spare bedroom.

  • Veterans need more than a day; they need a career

    THOMAS KENNEDY
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    America is home to 21.2 million veterans – men and women who were willing to risk their lives for our country.

    Unfortunately, many of these veterans face a daunting personal battle here at home: finding work. According to the labor department, more than 700,000 U.S. veterans are currently unemployed. This simply isn’t acceptable. Our veterans have earned the opportunity to earn a living and take part in the very society they fought to defend.

  • Is America’s major policy shift on Iran a ‘great deal?’

    DAN COATS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    In a recent address to the nation, President Barack Obama acknowledged Iran “has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community.” In the same speech the president vowed to “prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

  • Can IRS tax government?

    GREG ZOELLER
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Can the IRS require Indiana’s state government to pay a tax penalty just like any other employer? The answer will set a precedent that goes to the fundamental relationship between states and the federal government.

    Much confusion exists over the lawsuit my office recently filed against the IRS, similar to the confusion over the Affordable Care Act itself. Simply put, our lawsuit seeks a declaration by the court as to what the law means and how it affects state government.

  • Let’s make residents put their toys away

    KEVIN KOELLING
    MANAGING EDITOR

    Members of the Tell City Common Council are considering new rules that would ban or limit the parking of boats and other recreational vehicles along city streets.

    The News reported their concerns Nov. 11. They were based on “some residents” asking for new rules, we informed you. Mayor Barbara Ewing said she’s received comments from some who felt current regulations are too lax and allow parking of those items all the time, regardless of how often they are used.

  • Our local schools, taxpayers deserve better

    State Rep. Ron Bacon
    Guest Columnist

    As you may have heard by now, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson  announced that her office had finalized a settlement of a federal securities fraud lawsuit. The $14 million lawsuit accused the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association of defrauding Hoosier schools out of over $27 million.

  • Remembering Mr. Bennett

    STEVE EPLEY
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. Black Friday has come and gone. Let us give thanks.

    Every day could be Thanksgiving Day if we would only stop and think. Someone wisely said, “Thinkfulness produces thankfulness.” Lately I’ve been thinking about Mr. Bennett, a former principal of Myers Grade School in Cannelton.

    My memories of this good man have been stirred by the realization that the year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the removal of Bible reading and prayer from our public schools.