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Columns

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: Disability Cheats:

    FRANK SANDAGE
    Guest Columnist

    Mr. Luecke, I also watched the “60 Minutes” story Oct. 6 by CBS journalist Steve Kroft. I want to offer a few points from my personal experiences about disability claims and why they have reached the $12 million level of payments.

  • COLUMN: Fond memories of Capers

    By TONY SCHAEFER
    Guest Columnist

    I was fortunate enough to work for Chris Watts at Pony Express Pizza when he purchased the old Odd Fellows Lodge building at 701 Main St. in Tell City. No doubt I was a cheap source of labor for the two years of demolition and renovation.

    There is no shortage of stories resulting from the adventure that was its creation.

    Sadly, these have mostly remained inside jokes, recalled only in private over a round of drinks. I hope to share a glimpse into what made Capers so unique.

  • 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.