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Columns

  • Memorial Day needs to mean something to all of us

    KARL HERZOG

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The soldiers of the war need no explanation; they can join in commemorating a soldier’s death with feelings of kind, whether they fell toward them or beside them.

    But Memorial Day needs to mean something to all of us. The 4th of July, I believe, we rejoice more as a whole because of our moral and civil independence.

    I remember a time as a scoutmaster, one boy did not believe Memorial Day was set a side to remember the one’s who gave of themselves. A deep shame indeed.

  • Every vote counts

    Don Steen

    reporter@spencercountyjournal.com

     

    Indiana’s part in this election season is over, for now. Much has been said of how unique this past primary was, as Hoosier votes were poised to be decisive in the race. Indeed, Donald J. Trump’s resounding victory here, both in the county and statewide, effectively ended any remaining resistance to his becoming the nominee of his party.

  • Good luck, graduates

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Even after all these years of covering commencements, the strains of Pomp and Circumstance inspire me with optimism. After all, I have high hopes for this year’s group of newly minted graduates.

    I look forward each spring to the traditions of covering at least one local commencement in Perry and Spencer counties.

    We all have stakes in how well these graduates do. They are the men and women who will go to college, join the military or head into the work force.

  • Thank you, foster parents

    LLOYD ARNOLD

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    May is National Foster Care Month and it gives us the opportunity to show how much we appreciate the work foster families do for so many children in Indiana.

    There are currently more than 6,300 Hoosier children living in non-relative foster homes due to child abuse or neglect.

    I cannot emphasize enough the impact that foster parents have on the lives of children.

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 frost-free days to mature

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Once again, we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May. By early November, we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods. Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive.

    We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes, just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables. 

  • Crankbaits catch big crappie ... yes crankbaits

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    When most anglers think of attracting crappie to a hook, they think minnows or jigs, or maybe a combination of both. They don’t think crankbaits.

    This old writer is in that group. Crankbaits never crossed my mind. I never heard of using a sizable bait like a crankbait to troll for crappie until a couple years ago while fishing with several outdoor writer friends prior to a crappie tournament at Kentucky Lake.

  • Local communities receive road and bridge funding

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    As the crossroads of America, Indiana relies on first-class roads and bridges to continue to grow our economy and keep drivers safe. This year, the General Assembly worked with Gov. Pence to pass $1 billion in new road funding without raising taxes or acquiring new debt. This money is in addition to the $2.6 billion the state already projected to spend on roads over the next two years.

  • Honor the spirit of Memorial Day

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Memorial Day is approaching and with it, high-school graduations, summer vacations and even a well-known auto race.

    But we hope Perry Countians will devote some of the upcoming holiday to observing Memorial Day. Doing so will respect the heroism and selfless service shown by the men and women who gave their lives in service to our land.

  • Those who know Congress are shaking their heads

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly, it turned out that the same question was troubling all of us: Why is it held in such low public esteem?

  • Bicentennial preparations

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s time to start giving serious thought to how you will mark Indiana’s bicentennial this year. A lot of activities are already planned locally and more will take shape in coming weeks. There are also ways you can get involved right now in your flower garden and along sidewalks.