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Columns

  • It’s autumn in Perry County – keep your camera close

    RITA BECKER

  • COLUMN: Insight into sheriff’s department

    By LEE CHESTNUT
    Guest Columnist

    As your elected sheriff, I want the community to be aware of how the sheriff’s department is involved in situations affecting the county. As I said from the start of my term, I want the public to feel comfortable talking with me, especially about concerns or complaints. There has been a lot of coverage about the new jail and animal-control officer in recent months, and I would like to take the time to explain my position on these matters.

  • COLUMN: No regrets over immigration

    By GREG ZOELLER
    Indiana Attorney General

    In today’s politically charged environment where accusations are leveled against a person’s character purely for political gain, the unique role of the Indiana Attorney General makes him an easy target.

    I have been proud to serve the people of Indiana as their elected attorney general, the lawyer for the state of Indiana. Other people, including state officials sometimes disagree with my legal decisions.

  • COLUMN: Put former armory to use

    By MARY BUNNER
    Guest Columnist

    I am so tired of reading about all the money this county spends for anything other than our youth. A visitors center? Really?

    Our National Guard gave this city a building that holds endless history for this community. So what is the city doing with it?

    Nothing.

    What a show of disrespect for men who have given much of their time and lives for our country. These were men who were hand-picked by President Bush to be among the first 11 units deployed to Iraq because of their abilities to defend.

  • COLUMN: The smells of harvest

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    The smell of freshly harvested corn created quite a sob scene last Tuesday. No one was around to watch – except for cows in the distance and a few birds hunting for kernels of corn missed by a John Deere combine.

  • COLUMN: The truth about elected officials

    By BETH HAUSER
    Guest Columnist

    To the constituents of Perry County, I am writing in regard to the lengthy article that was written in Thursday, Aug. 30, issue of The News regarding Ron Crawford’s bid to forgo the insurance for the elected officials.

  • COLUMN: An old-timer’s critique of books and tobacco

    By DICK HEDRICK
    Guest Columnist

    In this electronic day and age, we are inundated with highly technical critiques and comparisons of various electronic gadgets, such as smart phones, iPods, iPads and other works of wizardry. My beef is that they use language with which I am largely unfamiliar. Personally, I fear some of these technology writers may be suffering from a short circuit in their brain wiring.

  • COLUMN: More than a mustard seed

    By JIM ADKINS
    Guest Columnist

    It was in central Nebraska in the year 1900. There hadn’t been a decent rain since May and it was nearly August. The crops were withering and it was looking like a bust year for the farmers in the county. As folks walked about in their daily routines they looked at the skies in hope of a cloud or two, but there was none to be seen.

  • COLUMN: Ironman triathlon quite a thrill

    By JOYCE STATH
    Guest Columnist

    On Sunday, my family had the privilege of witnessing our friend Chris Hollinden complete the Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Ky. We had never been to an Ironman competition, and thought it would be fun to watch, and we wanted to support Chris in his effort. Well, let me tell you, fun does not begin to describe the day. And as hard as I try to put our experience in words, I can assure you, I will not be able to do it justice.

  • COLUMN: Behind-the-scenes labor

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Some of us have jobs that are visible to the public. Mine, for example, as well as police officers, politicians, doctors, etc.

    With another Labor Day upon us, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on the jobs of people whose work isn’t always so easily seen or appreciated. Here’s a short litany of thank yous.