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Columns

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: We should all say ‘no more’ to domestic violence

    By LAURA BERRY
    Guest Columnist

    During a recent 12-month period, 58 people died through  acts of domestic violence in Indiana. And just a few weeks ago an abuser in Indianapolis shot and killed a police officer whose brave actions saved the life of the abuser’s girlfriend and her 10-month-old child.

  • COLUMN: Where is the pastor’s voice?

    By TIM SCHNEIDER
    Guest Columnist

    I’m writing in response to a letter published in the Aug. 5 issue titled “Vigilance will keep religion out of politics” and written by Elijah Bryant.

    First of all, there is no way to keep religion out of politics, work, school or homes. The only question is what religion will be taught in these places. The religion we choose will determine what is morally acceptable in our society.

    • Muslims accept honor killings as moral.

  • COLUMN: Fishin’ with catalpa worms

    By TOM TURPIN
    Guest Columnist

    Years ago when I was growing up on a farm in Kansas, my old neighbor had what he lovingly called his fishin’ worm tree.

    Back in those days, I didn’t know much about trees, other than some were good for climbing. But I did know the worms I used for fishing were found in the soil. So my neighbor’s name for the tree was a bit confusing.

  • COLUMN: Criminal-reform proposal includes good, bad changes

    S. ROD ACCHIARDO
    County Prosecutor

    During the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly took positive steps in enacting the first comprehensive criminal code reform since 1977 in House Enrolled Act 1006. That means there had not been any significant change to the criminal code in more than 36 years. An overhaul has long been overdue. This was a significant step toward a better criminal-justice system in Indiana, with protection of the public tempered by the fair treatment of those accused of committing crimes.

  • COLUMN: United Way is 40 years strong

    By CHAD JAMES
    Guest Columnist

    When I was approached to be the 2013 co-chair for the United Way of Perry County, it did not take me long to decide to accept the role. Volunteering has always been a big part of who I am today.

    Early on my parents instilled an importance in giving and volunteering.

  • COLUMN: Memories of a hermit

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I was walking through the cemetery at Saint Meinrad Archabbey a few weeks ago and reminiscing about the monks I’ve know. I found the man who baptized me and the one who heard my first confession and taught me about faith.

  • COLUMN: State advisory commission tackles intergovernmental issues

    By RICHARD YOUNG
    District 47 State Senator

    The Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations is charged with enhancing coordination and cooperation between state and local governments.

    The commission conducts periodic reviews of the effects of any federal or state legislation or any court decisions on local government entities, provides a forum for consultation among state and local government officials, and conducts research on intergovernmental issues.

  • COLUMN: Interns sought for 2014

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Editor's note: A link within this column and published in our print edition failed to work and has been corrected here.

    In a highly competitive job market, relevant work experience can make all the difference between obtaining a job or having to continue searching. Not every high-school graduate pursues a college degree, which is fine.