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Columns

  • Indiana Bicentennial plans shifting into high gear

    Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman

    Indiana Bicentennial Commission co-chairs

     

    Indiana has seen abundant change since Dec. 11, 1816, when it was admitted as the 19th state in the union.

    Back then, mountain lions roamed our thick forests and elk grazed our prairies. The majestic bison, so legendary among both Native Americans and European settlers, already was nearly gone, but a few still roamed Indiana’s western edge.

  • Politicians and our economy

    Lee Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. Not to put too fine a point on it, we’re headed for the fiscal rocks.

  • The Incredible Dr. Waldhier

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I handle the weekly “Looking Back” feature that runs on the front of Thursday’s Lifestyle section. I enjoy looking over back issues and the task of summarizing news snippets from 70, 50 and 25 years ago. The weekly job shouldn’t require that much time but I always get pulled into the stories so it takes me much longer than it should.

  • Why our labor matters

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With today’s observance of Labor Day, I continue to wonder, as I have asked in years past, if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of and respect for labor as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life. 

  • Working for a better life

    BRETT VOORHIES

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    As we do each year, this Labor Day, we recognize the incredible achievements of America’s workers and celebrate all those who make our country run day in and day out.

    Many of us will be busy this weekend with barbecues, festivals and other types of family events. However, this is also a time to truly consider what strengthens our families and to take a hard look at how failed public policies have diminished working peoples’ ability to sustain a good living.

  • AG Zoeller: Jared Fogle’s story serves as wake-up call

    Greg Zoeller

    Indiana Attorney General

     

    The arrest of one of Indiana’s celebrities forces us to acknowledge what many still don’t want to believe –  the underground business of sex trafficking exists and is thriving.

    When the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficking Humans Task Force, which I co-chair, first started talking about human trafficking in our state, we were met with skeptics.

  • Grubs not always to blame for brown spots in the lawn

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Whenever brown patches or dead spots appear in the lawn, we are quick to suspect a grub infestation. This is not always the case, though. In fact, contemporary lawn care routines may be more to blame then you realize.  Some lawn care habits encourage disease or make your lawn more desirable to Japanese beetles and masked chafer beetles, both of which deposit the eggs that grow into grubs.

  • The chicken project

    JIM ADKINS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    So, one day Leonna came to me and said she was thinking of getting some chickens to live in our large enclosed back yard. I’ve been married to her long enough to know that nothing is off the table when it comes to animals. She is a certified vet tech and has worked in the field for years. I don’t think I have ever met anyone who loves animals as much as my wife.

  • The joys of doing it yourself

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    A friend of mine recently installed a small wind turbine on his rural farm. He lives in Nebraska and such systems are more common in the Great Plains than they are here. Those states have more wind and that means wind-generating turbines, both the large ones owned by utilities, and smaller ones for home or business use, make more economic sense. 

    My buddy’s turbine probably turns most of the time. That wouldn’t be the case in southern Indiana.

  • Deposit bottle nostalgia should be common practice today

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    news@perry countynews.com Oh those trips of yesteryear, when kids rode in the back of station wagons or under the protection of the windowed spaceship that was in fact the family car’s hatchback.

    On select days, such short trips to the grocery often meant playing a make-shift musical number with the glass bottles destined for the store’s deposit racks.