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Columns

  • Support our community, shop locally

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    I recently found myself reading some eye-opening statistics about small businesses, their revenues and employment rates.

    With Small Business Saturday happening just a few days after Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some information about the positive effects of shopping locally this season and encourage you to give small enterprises your business.

  • Why can’t Congress aim higher?

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Congressional budget negotiators are moving to meet a Dec. 13 deadline to produce, well, something. For weeks, we’ve been told to keep expectations low. There’ll be no “grand bargain,” negotiators say. Commentators believe that even the narrowest agreement will be a signal achievement. So here’s my question: Doesn’t that seem like an awfully low bar to you?

  • St. Nicholas visits Thursday night

    Vince Luecke
    Editor

    I haven’t yet decided which old shoe I am going to put out for Nicholas’ visit tonight. With any luck, I will find a few pieces of chocolate inside the next morning.

    I think I will put the shoe outside the News office. St. Nicholas hasn’t been able to find me the last couple of years in New Boston, so I’m going to make it easier on him.

    Do I really expect to find sweets in my shoe Friday? Perhaps a few friends will come by. But even if they don’t, St. Nicholas Day is worth observing.

  • Generation Gap: Raymond Mendoza

    CORRIE KIMBRIL
    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 Corrie Kimbril, who profiles her grandfather, Raymond Mendoza.

  • Marriage needs defended

    MARLIN BETTS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    In response to the Perry County News’ Nov. 18 editorial “Gay-marriage ban will
    place state on wrong path,” I’d like to voice a different opinion.

  • COLUMN: Nation forgets wisdom, faith of founding fathers

    By TERESA EUBANK
    Guest Columnist

    I am writing this to the attention of anyone who listens, who reads. I just saw a beautiful slideshow of the changing trees throughout our United States; in the background softly played the glorious song “God Bless America.”

    “Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesties, above the fruited plain. “America, America God shed his Grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”

  • COLUMN: Editorial on Common Core State Standards was light on facts

    By AMY ETIENNE
    Guest Columnist

    It is time for a revolution in American education.  Schools are no longer responsible for only teaching children reading, writing and arithmetic.  We must now teach children to think deeply and critically about all of the information that comes so easily to them through multi-faceted media.  

  • The manipulation of a nation

    TIM KLOEPPEL
    Guest Columinist

    On May 20, Vice President Joe Biden attended the Democratic National Convention’s annual banquet in honor of Jewish History Month in Washington, D.C.

  • Legislators organize for session

    Richard Young
    District 47
    State Senator

    Before 1970, our state constitution required that a newly-elected General Assembly meet only once every two years. However, in 1970, Hoosier voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow state legislators to determine the length and frequency of sessions, thus allowing the General Assembly to meet annually.

    This achievement provides more time to thoroughly address the many complex issues facing our state, including matters that develop between sessions.

  • Dogged journalism is democracy’s blessing, not curse

    Lee Hamilton
    Center on Congress

    Let’s start with the obvious: A democracy needs intelligence agencies. It needs to know what’s happening in the world – and understand the plans of allies and enemies – to keep the nation prepared and secure.

    If intelligence work is going to be effective, much of it has to be done in secret.