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Columns

  • COLUMN: These hands of mine

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    A collection of memorabilia from the past was dropped into my lap over the past few months, part of the process of my mom sorting through a cedar chest filled with keepsakes.

    Among the semiprecious treasures given to me was a ceramic handprint I made in 1972. I was a kindergartner then, one of Sister Mary Joyce Trimble’s eager learners at Fulda Grade School.

  • COLUMN: Bring jobs home to Indiana for the Fourth of July

    By NANCY GUYOTT

    GUEST COLUMNIST

    As backyards across Indiana were transformed into full-blown Fourth of July barbecues complete with smoking grills, fresh-squeezed lemonade and tasty red-white-and-blue treats, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that not all homes will be sites of celebration. These days, it’s hard to drive through neighborhoods and not notice all the shuttered homes and abandoned lawns, casualties of the foreclosures, layoffs and jobs that have moved overseas.

  • COLUMN: Plan a ‘staycation’ at home

    By CHRIS ZIMMER
    Guest Columnist

    People don’t have to travel far to vacation in premier national forest recreation areas, some of which are free. There are several free or reasonably-priced campgrounds on the Hoosier National Forest, where people can enjoy a “staycation” close to home.

  • COLUMN: A special place to live

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Michelle Duncan, a fourth-grade teacher at Perry Central, asked her class – in the days before the end of the school year – to write about why Perry County is a great place to live.

    Students were assigned to write letters to the editor. Michelle chose three letters and submitted them for publication. Those penned by Alyssa Hinton, Mallory Lynch and Chyanne Austin were among the best. I’m sure they were all interesting.

  • ‘Prometheus’ a complex,entertaining film masterpiece

    Eric Harris

    Film Review

    The main discussion concerning “Prometheus” is whether or not the film is a prequel to Ridley Scott’s classic, “Alien.” The cast and crew have been vague about it, at most admitting that there’s some “Alien” DNA in the film. I think they’ve been dodging the question not because of spoilers but because of revenue. 

  • COLUMN: Television: Turn it off!

    By TIM KLOEPPEL
    Guest Columnist

    It is common in the United States today for the average family to spend several hours a day watching television. Though on the surface it may seem a harmless pastime, television viewing has an unbelievable impact on the way we act and think.

  • COLUMN: Hobos and homelessness

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Dorothy Tomlison, who until recently lived near Evanston, mailed me newspaper and magazine clippings about hobos.

    Being a hobo was quite a popular occupation in decades past, such as during the Great Depression, not out of choice, but necessity.

    Times were tough and people lost homes and farms. That necessitated hitting the road – or the railroad – in search of jobs and opportunities.

  • COLUMN: Indiana’s high-school grads and economic opportunity

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ
    Indiana Youth Institute

    High school graduation ceremonies this month are celebrating the Class of 2012, and Hoosier graduates can learn an important lesson from the past before they take their next step forward.

    An intriguing correlation exists between today’s economic trends and the economic developments of 100 years ago.

  • COLUMN: Our government’s problem

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

    Americans get angry when they learn of government bureaucrats spending lavishly at a Las Vegas hotel or Secret Service agents consorting with prostitutes. As well they should. Such conduct wastes money and drains Americans’ respect for their government.

    Washington’s routine for such embarrassing revelations is for executive and legislative officials to express shock, demand an investigation, and vow that such shenanigans will never happen again.

  • COLUMN: Consider Cannelton for your school

    By ALVA SIBBITT Jr.
    Superintendent, Cannelton City Schools

    Parents who will have children in kindergarten through sixth grades during the 2012-13 school year, are you looking for a school that:

    A. Has small class sizes,

    B. Provides individualized instruction to students, and

    C. Has high academic achievement?

    Then you should consider enrolling your child or children in Cannelton elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year.