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Columns

  • Keeping the lights on and protecting our environment

    Paul Chodak

    Guest Columnist

    Continuously improving the reliability, affordability and the environmental footprint of electricity is at the heart of what we do every day at Indiana Michigan Power. I&M already generates over half the power consumed by our customers with zero emissions, and we remain focused on further improving environmental performance. However, we must reduce emissions in a way that our customers can afford.

  • American consumers lose their ‘Cool’

    GENE HOOD

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Until a few months ago, beef, pork and poultry products from any of the 35 countries currently eligible to export meat to the United States were identified by the label as being either born, raised, slaughtered or processed in a particular country.

    This identification was called Country-of-Origin Labeling.  COOL made it easy for consumers to choose whether or not they wished to purchase and consume meat or meat projects imported from other countries.

  • Hey, Donald: You almost had me

    Luke Thomas

    Guest Columnist

     

    I’ll admit it, Donald, you had me. Well, you almost had me.

    You’re a successful businessman. You tell it like it is. You’re anti-establishment. Plus, you’ve got great hair. Oh yeah, and you’re really rich. I mean, what’s not to like about that?

  • Fond Holy Week memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s Note: This Easter column was first published in March 2005.

     

    For a young altar boy worn out by a two-hour service in a packed parish church, the woman’s words were as refreshing as the nighttime air flowing around his black cassock.

  • Plants grow in soil and, it’s true, dirt gets under your nails

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    With spring just around the corner I thought it was time to brush up on some garden nomenclature. I have long been convinced in the value of understanding more about plants then the mere fact that they need sun, soil and water.

  • Sadly, Indiana pioneered eugenics

    By Andrea Neal

    Guest Columnist

     

    Long before Adolf Hitler espoused his ideas about a master race, Hoosier scientists advocated selective reproduction to improve the gene pool.

    Indiana Gov. J. Frank Hanly signed the nation’s first eugenics law in 1907, mandating sterilization of certain “criminals, idiots, rapists and imbeciles” in state custody. Thirty states followed suit.

  • A simple eulogy for an old friend

    RAYMOND CARVER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    In the early morning hours of February 27, I lost a dear and close friend to the Next World. At that time, William Nathan Hintzen departed this world and entered the Great Unknown accompanied by his faithful canine companions.

  • Elagabalus and second chances

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    A professor teaching a college classics class once asked his students to research a person or event from Roman history that took place on their birthdays.

  • Classified forest tax increase unfair

    With the ink barely dry on the latest tax increase in Perry County, the March 7 edition of the Perry County News reported on yet another proposal to increase taxes. This time, through, its the reassessment of the value of land kept in Indiana’s Classified Forest Program.

  • Potato planting time nears

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Spring break from teaching at the University of Louisville falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. 

    I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern.  I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.