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Columns

  • Time to fish or cut bait on tax reform

    LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress

    As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes. Yet there’s one ray of hope. The House and Senate chairs of the tax-writing committees, one a Republican, the other a Democrat, are preparing a comprehensive tax-reform plan. They see the budget negotiations as their opportunity to enact much needed changes to our bloated, off-kilter tax laws.

  • Voice for rural Hoosier communities

    By Richard Young Jr., State Senator

  • COLUMN: Generation Gap: The life of Louie Heitkemper

    By LEO SIMPSON
    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 Leo Simpson, who profiles the life of Louie Heitkemper.

  • COLUMN: Indiana autumns

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    We were driving the back roads in central Perry County. My wife and I were on our way to a mowing job. We’ve been cutting grass for a living for 20 years now. It’s hard, sweaty work but it keeps you in shape. We own the business and we’re outdoors and in the sun, which means a lot to both of us.

  • COLUMN: We can all use more prayers

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    A small act of kindness I tried to keep secret didn’t stay that way a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t upset and actually walked away feeling lucky for the blessings I’ve been given.

    Sitting down for lunch at King Chef, I spied a nun a few tables away. I have a soft spot in my heart for nuns and decided that I was going to buy her lunch. So I went to the checkout counter, paid for my meal and hers and asked that the sister not be told who bought her lunch.

  • COLUMN: Chromebooks are part of Tell City students’ daily routine

    By GAGE OTTO
    News Intern

    More than 600 Google Chromebooks were handed out a few weeks ago at Tell City Junior-Senior High School and so far have been a good success and asset to the classroom. If the wireless Internet service at school is working well it certainly seems to make class simpler.

    As the Perry County News has reported, board members approved the purchase of the books to ensure all students are on as equal footing as possible when it comes to technology-based learning.

  • COLUMN: Congress should create jobs

    By JOE DONELLY
    U.S Senator

    My top priorities have always been to strengthen Indiana’s economy and to help  create Hoosier jobs. We can all agree – Democrats and Republicans – that the recent government shutdown and the threat of failing to pay our nation’s bills were a significant setback to this seemingly simple goal.

  • COLUMN: Industrial hemp potential cash crop

    By RICHARD YOUNG
    State Senator

    Indiana’s agriculture sector has long been the backbone of the Hoosier economy. In 2011 alone, the Indiana Business Research Center estimates Indiana ag contributed $37.9 billion in economic output and supported 190,000 jobs. To ensure agriculture remains a vital driver of economic activity, it’s imperative lawmakers consider common sense options to improving and diversifying yields.

  • COLUMN: Director turns ‘Gravity’ into an amazing experience

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

  • COLUMN: What’s new with homeowners’ property-tax bills for 2013?

    By LARRY DeBOER
    Guest Columnist

    We’ve got most of the property-tax numbers for 2013 now. Let’s look at what happened to homeowner tax bills.

    Why homeowners and not farmers, landlords or business owners? Because there are more homeowners than any other kind of property owner. Besides, I’m a homeowner and I want to know.

    The Legislative Services Agency is posting its annual reports on the property tax by county for 2013.

    Disclaimer: I helped.