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Columns

  • Where Congress falls short ... and where it doesn’t

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    At a public gathering the other day, someone asked me how I’d sum up my views on Congress. It was a good question, because it forced me to step back from worrying about the current politics of Capitol Hill and take a longer view.

  • COLUMN: Who lit the fuse? We do know

    By ELIJAH BRYANT
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: This column was written in response to a Thursday column by News Managing Editor Kevin Koelling titled “Who lit the fuse leading to the Big Bang Theory?”

    I remember being in the fifth grade in Mr. Gibson’s science class. We had some time to work on a project and I happened to finish early, and thus led me to flipping through the pages of a worn out science textbook.

  • COLUMN: Harsh winter has been hard on many bluebirds

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The winter nearly all of us want to see gone has been hard on just about everything, people, pets, livestock and most of nature’s other inhabitants.

    One of many people’s favorite feathered friends, bluebirds, have taken a big hit, it seems. Two people have come to the News over the past week after finding several dead bluebirds in their birdhouses.

  • COLUMN: Who lit the fuse leading to the Big Bang Theory?

    KEVIN KOELLING
    MANAGING EDITOR

    The National Science Foundation reports – as if it’s a bad thing – that one quarter of us Americans believe the sun revolves around the Earth.

    I have evidence.

    They’re called sunrise and sunset. If they happen as the scientists say they do, why don’t we call them “Earth’s rotation into sunlight” and “Earth’s rotation into darkness?”

  • Athlete-concussion bill protects our students

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    We’re officially in the second stage of this year’s session, where House bills move to the Senate for consideration and debate and Senate bills move over to the House.

  • Time to get naked!

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    I took my annual trip to the dermatologist Thursday. The news was good. Nothing suspicious turned up and those reassuring words from Dr. Artis Truett at Owensboro Dermatology erased the anxiety that builds up early each year as my annual skin review nears.

  • There’s an alternative to the imperial presidency

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities.

    He insisted he intends to act with or without Congress, and listed well over a dozen actions he plans to take by executive order.

    “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families,” he said, “that’s what I’m going to do.”

  • COLUMN: Generation Gap: Dale Jones

    By BRYON REID
    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 Bryon Reid, who profiles his grandfather, Dale Jones.

  • COLUMN: Explore county’s GIS

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I suspect not that many Perry Countians knew the name Roger Tomlinson before perhaps hearing news reports about his death Feb. 9.

    Called the father of geographic information systems, the UK-born geographer’s concept of overlaying layers of map data is used by many of us everyday, from the GIS mapping systems in our cars that guide us to our destinations to the hand-held devices that show us exactly where we are.

  • Conservation can ease the propane shortage

    Lloyd Arnold
    District 74
    State Representative

    Because of our harsh winter, which has affected all of us throughout Indiana and the Midwest in general, our state is facing a real propane crisis. I have been getting a number of calls regarding this shortage and how it is affecting our community.

    Recently the governor held a press conference with Lt. Gov.