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Columns

  • Generation Gap: Sandra Kramer

    EMILI STEPHENS
    Guest Columnist

  • A different take on incarceration

    State Rep. Ron Bacon
    District 75

    I had the opportunity recently to visit a unique facility here in southern Indiana – the Branchville Correctional Facility. It was an experience that I don’t get to have very often, and wanted to share this eye-opening process with you.

    If you aren’t familiar with the Branchville Correctional Facility in Perry County, it is a male-only, medium-level security facility with about 1,400 offenders.

  • COLUMN: Here’s why EPA’s proposal will raise your electric bill

    Vince Griffin
    Guest Columnist

    The strict carbon emission limits recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency will mean higher electric bills for business and residential consumers. The warranted outrage over this latest maneuver, which comes with no evidence of improving overall air quality, was plentiful and came from various corners. A few examples:

  • Legion commander: Let’s serve veterans as well as they have served us

    Guest Column
    By Daniel M. Dellinger
    National Commander
    American Legion

    During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

    More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more servicemembers by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.

  • 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.