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Columns

  • COLUMN: Bus-ride water wars

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    For kids who couldn’t yet spell tradition, we considered it a holy rite that had to be upheld at all costs. It was quite literally, a movable feast — it happened on our school bus every spring — auspiciously enough, on the ride home of the last day of school.

    Looking back, it was the mother of all battles, water battles that is. It was sixth grader vs. sophomore, neighbor against neighbor and brother battling brother.

  • COLUMN: I’d rank ‘Iron Man 3’ best of series

    By ERIC HARRIS
    Film Reviewer

    The Marvel comic book movies truly began with “Iron Man” back in 2008. That film not only introduced us to billionaire playboy-turned-hero Tony Stark, but also kicked off a series of films that would culminate with “The Avengers,” last year’s hugely successful superhero team-up movie.

  • COLUMN: Armadillo suspicions

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    At least two more dead armadillos were found in Perry County over the past week, one north of Perry Central and the second near Troy. I was sent photos of both animals and they both were near highways and appeared to have been run over.

  • COLUMN: Carriers’ food drive a success

    Guest Column by Cheryl Greenwell, Tell City Postmaster and Rebecca Fenn, United Way of Perry County Executive Director

    On behalf of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the local food pantries of Perry County, we would like to thank the residents of Perry County for supporting the National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive May 11.

  • 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.