• The role of Congress and learning to be a citizen

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress


    The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

    I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook. Democracy is no spectator sport and citizens are not passive consumers.

  • Leave Indiana’s common construction wage law in place




    Folks, who know me well, know I love history. History is a great teacher – and what happened last week in the Indiana House of Representatives reminded me of that.

    In darkest days of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt passed the Davis-Bacon Act, which created something known as the common-construction wage or prevailing wage.

  • A classy lady

    Vince Luecke


    I think Gayle Strassell was a little surprised on that Tuesday evening in 2003. It was the day she was elected Tell City’s mayor. I have to admit I was a little surprised, too.

  • Planning ahead, order seed



    Like many gardeners this time of the year I, too, have been spending cold winter evenings by the fire with a good catalog. The seed catalogues fill the mailbox and I barely make it up the driveway without taking a peak at what’s offered for 2015.

    Two years ago I made a procrastinating mistake and waited too long to place my onion and potato order.

  • Winter weather and travel


    What a weather spell we have experienced. Media have been ablaze with warnings about travel, weather warnings, and other information to help people hunker down and weather the winter.

    Among other information, terms like “travel advisory,” “winter weather advisory,” “winter storm warning,” and “state of emergency” are used. The meanings of these terms is not always explicitly known, however. Let us take a moment to describe how such terms are used and when.

  • I love this town


    “These streets will make you feel brand new Big lights will inspire you
    Hear it from New York, New York, New York!”

    If you’ve not heard Alicia Keys’ soaring tribute to New York City, you need to. It’s beautiful. It’s a love song, really, a love song to her hometown. Keys, of course, isn’t the first to write a song about a city.

  • Take advantage of visiting National Players

    By Vince Luecke

    I often hear people say that when it comes to cultural events, there aren’t enough things to do in and around Perry County. That’s true to some degree. We are a rural community so we don’t draw celebrities for concerts and larger museums, orchestras and galleries are naturally centered in larger cities.

  • Increasing rural broadband access

    Erin Houchin
    District 47
    State Senator

    Broadband service has become increasingly necessary to access the full range of services and opportunities that the Internet can offer. This session, I have introduced legislation that seeks ways to expand affordable and reliable broadband service to rural parts of Indiana that currently have limited access, if any at all.

  • ‘Snowpiercer’ the best in a sci-fi heavy 2014

    Eric Harris
    Film Review

    This past year I kind of gave up on reviewing movies – took a bit of a hiatus from March to about August. This was partly due to being a bit bored with the process and because not many movies had been released that truly excited me.

    One movie really brought me out of that funk (“Snowpiercer”) and made me realize that 2014 was a pretty great year for movies. Here are my top-10 picks and a few honorable mentions that, if I was in a different mood, might have been in my top ten.

  • With the budget, the president calls the shots

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages.