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Columns

  • COLUMN: Cheers for SMV signs

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    There was no collision and I wouldn’t even label it a close call but a driver in a bit of a hurry had to slow quickly in front of me last week as he rounded a curve on a state road. In front of him was a large grain cart, being pulled by a tractor. Obviously, the tractor was traveling a lot slower than the vehicles it was sharing the roadway with.

  • COLUMN: Generations: Chuck Poehlein

    By LUCAS KLEEMAN
    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 Lucas Kleeman, who profiles the life of Chuck Poehlein.

  • COLUMN: It’s Courcier Hill

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I think I made four calls last month trying to track down the correct spelling of the steep hill between Mount Pleasant and Magnet. I was working up a report on a motorcycle accident on what most people in the area, as well as first responders in the county, call Kusher Hill.

  • COLUMN: Turning October pink

    By RON BACON
    Guest Columnist

    The statistics are staggering. In the United States alone, it is estimated that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Across the country, the month of October has become a symbol of hope and a time to take special pause to raise awareness and make a difference. This is a job that extends beyond the weeks of October however; it is one that will not be done until we see a decreasing number of sufferers and increasing number of survivors.

  • COLUMN: Veterans’ welfare continues to be top priority for me

    By RICHARD YOUNG
    State Senator

    All too often, our servicemen and women face economic, educational and medical challenges upon returning home that make it difficult to make use of their unique skills, training and leadership qualities. As a member of the Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs, we have been striving to recognize these challenges and ensure no Hoosier veteran is left behind.

  • COLUMN: Making Perry County home

    By ANDY HOLLINDEN
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: This is the latest in an occasional series of columns from people who have moved to Perry County or residents who grew up here, moved away and have returned. Today’s columnist, Andy Holliden, is a Tell City native who has returned with his family.

  • COLUMN: Disgust with disability cheats

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I watched with great interest a “60 Minutes” story Oct. 6 about the abuse and overspending of public money on federal disability programs.

    CBS journalist Steve Kroft profiled Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s work to ferret out fraud in disability programs. In case you didn’t know how large those programs have become in recent years, some 12 million people now get disability check from the government each month instead of holding down a job.

    That number is up 20 percent in the past six years alone.

  • COLUMN: It’s time for an intervention

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

    The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?

    Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches – reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget.

  • COLUMN: Generation Gap: Father Tom

    By THOMAS 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.

  • COLUMN: Seeds that stick

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    A quick trip into a corn field last week turned into a sticky situation I’ve yet to extricate myself from. It was more annoying and embarrassing than anything but it proves once again Mother Nature’s amazing abilities.