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Columns

  • COLUMN: Keep an eye out for turtles

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    If only the driver had seen the turtle sooner. I was driving to Rockport last week when I saw a car crush and kill a box turtle. I saw the passenger reach over and thump the driver in the head, not violently, but certainly in protest to what had happened.

  • COLUMN: Cut flowers from garden should be enjoyed indoors

    Jeneen Wiche
    Weekend Gardener

    The cool spring has finally ushered in May flowers. I love cut flowers from the garden. There is a simple, happy satisfaction that comes from picking a bundle of peonies for the kitchen work table. Just be sure to shake the ants off first. The other thing about a cool spring with adequate rainfall is that the weather is acting as a sort of preservative: all those beautiful blooms are lasting much longer than normal.

  • COLUMN: Why insurers won’t cover some new cancer cures

    By ROBERT GOLDBERG
    Guest Columnist

    Advances in cancer treatment are saving lives and cutting health-care costs. But because many health-insurance plans haven’t caught up with the times, nearly half of all cancer patients are forced to choose between the treatment that could save their lives – or one that's paid for.

  • COLUMN: Teacher appreciation week

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Last week was national Teacher Appreciation Week. Being a teacher is one of the greatest professions someone can dedicate their lives to, and it is one of the most, if not the most, important profession in our state.

  • COLUMN: Bless those who shed blood?

    By BOB MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    “God bless you,” the president said to a Washington audience of abortion backers.

    God bless you? The president is the commander-in-chief, but one has to wonder how he can invoke the almighty in blessing those who shed innocent blood. God’s word, in every translation and version, makes clear that God hates hands that shed innocent blood.

    If the blood of an unborn child is not innocent blood, whose blood could possibly be innocent?

  • COLUMN: TV folks, have some restraint

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I don’t like to think of myself as overly emotional but I nearly blew my stack Wednesday morning while at an accident scene west of Troy.

    I was at the scene of the two-vehicle crash on Indiana 66 and was keeping my distance while rescue crews and firefighters worked to free a Tell City man from his crumpled car.

    I’ve covered dozens of accidents in which someone was killed and likely hundreds in which someone was injured.

  • COLUMN: The end of the 2013 session

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    The 2013 legislative session adjourned Friday, signaling the end of session. Back in November, when I was first elected to serve as the state representative for our district, I was biting at the bit to get started.

    I charged into the Statehouse and quickly realized I had a lot to learn in order to best serve our community, but I would like to think I was a fast study. Looking back over the last four months, it has truly been a humbling learning experience.

  • COLUMN: The final countdown

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Session is coming to an end and the last two weeks can be the busiest. Many times, I catch myself thinking that session does not always resemble what I learned in school, so I wanted to fill you in on what the last two weeks of session look like.

  • COLUMN: Cheers for the gray goose

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    “Go tell Aunt Rhody,
    Go tell Aunt Rhody,
    Go tell Aunt Rhody
    The old gray goose is dead.”

    The kids in third-grade music class at Clay-Huff Elementary knew I was different when I cried over the folksy song about Rhody’s dead gray goose. Everyone else gathered around the piano and sang their hearts out. I was looking out at the window, looking for the goose’s orphaned babies and crying gander spouse.

  • COLUMN: Can a person be ‘illegal?'

    By BRETT SANDERS
    Guest Columnist

    Editor Vince Luecke’s question, in his column in today’s paper (April 8), is why not call undocumented workers “illegal aliens.”

    He suggests that journalists, following the new Associated Press guidelines, are being drawn into taking partisan positions rather than just calling a spade a spade, as it were.