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Columns

  • Congratulating the Class of 2014

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    I recently read through the 2014 graduation supplements in our local papers, and I was so impressed with how involved and driven this year’s graduating class was. I want to congratulate the seniors in our community and their families for achieving this milestone.

    My message to them is that education is something no one can take away from you; it is something you will have for the rest of your life.

  • COLUMN: County must tackle animal control

    By JAMES CARTER
    Guest Columnist

    This letter is being written as part of a series to inform the general public about existing problems in Perry County dealing with animals. Being involved with the Humane Society, I have done extensive research and found there are no easy solutions.

    What I have found is that in other areas of Indiana people found innovative ways to approach domestic-animal problems and have prevented the problems from getting out of hand.

  • COLUMN: Squirrel hunters are great hosts

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Thanks to the Southern Indiana Squirrel Hunters for allowing me to attend an April 5 event at their club near Bristow.

    The Original Mountain Cur Breeders Association held its spring classic at the club and hunters and dogs from several states attended. I had hoped to publish photos of winners but most of the participants were out of town and the job of tracking down names didn’t get completed. There are photos of the event at www. perrycountynews. com.

  • Protecting wilderness areas is vital

    RICHARD YOUNG
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Indiana’s natural lands hold numerous benefits. The wilderness is more than an empty prairie or sparse forest. It provides a place for recreation, food supply, environmental gains and economic benefits for local communities.

    The wilderness is important to Hoosiers as watersheds provide clean drinking water; the land filters the air we breathe, is home to countless animals, and is a place for rest and relaxation in the form of camping, hunting, fishing, and water sports.

  • COLUMN: A lucky catch

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    When I was in high school, I was like most boys back then. I spent as much time as possible outdoors running, swimming and exploring the woods and creeks and lakes in this part of the world. Every few months my Boy Scout troop went on a camping trip and to me, that was as good as it got.

  • COLUMN: Bonus-hour suggestions

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I try to get up extra early at least a couple of days a week, especially during summer. If you haven’t done that lately, this is the time of the year to set the alarm a couple of hours early, even if just once a week. You’ll be taking advantage of all the extra sunlight Mother Nature blesses us with to get more done.

  • COLUMN - Why I still have faith in Congress, despite poll numbers

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short. In angry diatribes or in resigned comments, people make clear their dwindling confidence in both politicians and the institution itself.

  • COLUMN - Generation Gap: My great-grandfather, Bill Lain

    By Davin Lawrence
    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, two or three generations older than students. Today’s column is by Davin Lawrence, who profiles his great-grandfather, Bill Lain. Today’s column concludes the series.

  • COLUMN - Tell City will not incur a deficit over annexation

    Barbara Ewing
    Tell City Mayor

    Annexation for Tell City was the No. 1 goal established by the citizens of the Tell City community who participated in the development of the Tell City Comprehensive Plan, as adopted in October 2012.   

    From that point and moving forward, the Tell City administration has listened to the goals of its citizens and worked toward the growth and development of the Tell City community by the adoption of the annexation ordinance in April 2014.

  • Indiana’s elderly, how are they doing?

    Richard Young
    District 47
    State Senator

    Hoosier seniors are one of the fastest growing groups of people in need, and more and more people are reaching retirement age every year.

    According to the Indiana Business Research Center, the number of Hoosier seniors is projected to increase by 70 percent from 2010 to 2050, eclipsing by double digits any other age group. Reports by the Kaiser Family Foundation paint an alarming picture for the status of Hoosier seniors, with 13 percent currently living below the poverty threshold.