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Columns

  • The darkest days of daylight saving time

    Dave Bangert

    Guest Columnist

     

    This column by Dave Bangert, a columnist for the Lafayette Journal and Courier, appeared last Wednesday, ahead of Sunday morning’s end of Daylight Saving Time.

     

    Oh, the joys of the first day back to school after an extended fall break.

  • Veterans Day

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    November 11th is Veterans Day. It is set aside to honor men and women who have served in the military. It was originally a day to honor the end of World War One.

    Fighting in that war formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. After the war the United States observed what was called Armistice Day. 

  • Deer in love vs. the trees we love

    By Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

  • The hungry squirrel

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    This column was first published in 2011.

     

    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire September 23. I made a quick truck to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.

  • Don’t be fooled: coal’s not our friend

    BRETT SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The  coal-choked 19th-century England of Charles Dickens’s popular novels makes it plain enough that coal is not our friend. Its negative effects on the health of poor and working-class London were immediately evident to any observer.

  • Trump’s ‘unworkable’ executive order destabilizes health care markets

    Tim Lanane

    Guest Columnist

     

    Since the start of the Affordable Care Act  and the expansion of Medicaid through the HIP 2.0 program, over half a million Hoosiers have gained access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. This lowered Indiana’s uninsured rate to just eight percent.

    Unfortunately, President Trump and his administration have put it all at risk by gutting access to the ability to apply and by signing the latest executive order to intentionally destabilize the health insurance marketplace.

  • The future of Indiana coal

    BRUCE STEVENS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt did a big favor for Indiana last Tuesday with the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. This decision will spare Indiana from a massive regulation that would have weakened our power grid, increased electric bills and cost good-paying Hoosier jobs.

    The CPP, established during the Obama administration, was promoted as a way to reduce emissions said to contribute to global warming.

  • It’s what we do that counts

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    I’ve been reminded recently of the old cowboy song, Home on the Range. You know the line, “Where never is heard a discouraging word”? That is not the United States right now. It feels like pretty much everywhere I turn, all I hear is discouragement.

  • Why I choose to stand

    Curtis Hill

    Guest Columnist

     

    One might argue that our nation’s flag is but a mere symbol. True as that may be, symbols play an important role in the life of a nation.

    Growing up, I was taught that whenever we heard the anthem playing and saw Old Glory waving, we would immediately show our respect.

    I would stand.

    I stand because the Stars and Stripes represent the strikingly simple principles of freedom outlined in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • Exciting times for Rome

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    Portions of this column came from a column published a year ago about the community of Rome, but it’s a good segue into many of the big things lying ahead for the community in the coming year.