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Columns

  • COLUMN: Nature’s beauty and the beast

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    It continues to amaze me what nature can come up with and in just the past couple of weeks, I’ve encountered beautiful winged creatures and horned monsters just miles apart. As far as insects go, they’re even related to one another.

    Of course, people judge what in nature, whether plants or animals, is beautiful and what is ugly. Perhaps most amazing to me is how much goes on under our noses, or sometimes, just outside our homes.

  • COLUMN: The liberty amendments

    By RICHARD MOURDOCK
    State Treasurer

    The 20th and 21st centuries have not been good for Americans who long for the founders’ vision of a limited federal government with checks and balances between its three branches.

    Those thoughtful leaders of the 18th century understood that power truly does corrupt and that once corrupted, it is incapable of self-imposed cleansing.

  • COLUMN: Investing in local stocks

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Lots of us hoping for brighter futures sock away money in money-market funds, savings and individual retirement accounts and mutual funds. Most of us have financial advisers who help us along the way and over time, most of the time, we’re rewarded with good returns and growing nest eggs.

    I’m in that group. My employer – I should say employers considering I have a couple of part-time jobs in addition to self-employed farming – sponsor 401K or 403B accounts and match a portion of what I contribute.

  • COLUMN: Duty calls in filing brief in prayer case

    By GREG ZOELLER
    Indiana Attorney General

    Why would the Indiana Attorney General wade into a United States Supreme Court case over the opening prayers said at town council meetings in western New York state?

  • COLUMN: New school year creates fresh round of opportunities

    By LLOYD ARNOLD
    District 74 State Representative

    Summer break is coming to an end for most students around Indiana. I can hear the kids around our community grumbling about the return of early morning wake ups and having to study again. I have also seen it firsthand as my sons are now running around the yard.

    All good things must come to an end as they will be running from my wife as she attempts to get them in the car to head to school.
    Kids do not usually think about all of the parents rushing to get them ready for their first day.

  • COLUMN: A closer look at religious liberty and Obamacare

    By TY GUILLAUME
    Guest Columnist

    Two articles written in the past month over religious freedom and Obamacare have caught my attention.

    One was written by Brett Sanders, in response to my “Defend religious liberty” article; and the other by Elijah Bryant, dealing with the recent ruling in a federal court concerning Hobby Lobby not having to fully comply with the contraceptive, sterilization, and abortion inducing drugs health insurance mandate under “Obamacare.”

  • COLUMN: New law could mean a fresh start for some Hoosiers

    By RICHARD YOUNG
    District 47 State Senator

    A new law affecting thousands of Hoosiers recently went into effect that will allow the criminal records of those who have been convicted of nonviolent crimes to be expunged.

    This law can make an important difference in the lives of those who have kept their records clean for many years.

    For example, previous felony arrest records can cause a job application to be ignored or discarded during a background check, even if the arrest never led to a conviction.

  • COLUMN: Women with long legs

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I showered with a woman Friday but it wasn’t as thrilling as you might imagine. My morning guest was a daddy long-legs spider that made its way into the shower.

    I was careful to keep her safe and hoisted her to the top of the door. I get small spiders in the shower each summer and sometimes they end up spiraling down the drain. The last half of summer is spider season it seems and my arachnid encounter Friday reminded me of a column I wrote a few years ago when I was living on the farm.

  • COLUMN: Looking back, Tell City was a great place to grow up

    JOE MORTON
    GUEST COLUMNIST
    Growing up in Tell City was, what I think most people would agree, the ideal small town experience. We lived in a town that was safe enough to give kids  freedom to roam around on their own, yet being a small town, your parents knew plenty of people who would tell them if you were seen breaking their rules.
    I came into my own as a preteenager in the early 1980s.

  • COLUMN: Enjoy the big week ahead

    Vince Luecke, Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    For me, Schweizer Fest is a lot like some holidays. There is lots of extra work, so much in fact that finding time to enjoy the actual festivities can be a challenge.