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Columns

  • Spring’s arrival means crappie and morels

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    It’s been a tough winter, but with spring finally on the horizon, thoughts change from shoveling snow to catching crappie and hunting for morel mushrooms.

    Black morels should be making their way through deep woods leaves in the near future. I have found them as early as the last week in March, but that is rare. Early April usually marks their arrival.

  • Finding solutions to our county’s foster-care problems

    BETH HAUSER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The 2015 Leadership Perry County Class has worked hard to become more active leaders and make an impact in our community.

    The group has decided to select one of our projects as “Fostering Hope,” an awareness program for our county foster-care program. This article is the first in a series of articles that will delve into the details of the foster-care program. 

  • Don’t govern crisis to crisis

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress

     

    After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people.

    “We’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Congress, he said, would not lurch from crisis to crisis.

  • What’s wrong with a dog tax?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’ve been asked several times over the years about the animal-control issues facing Perry County. I’ve been shy about sharing my personal opinions because I’m not an “animal person.” I don’t have a dog or cat and while I would never abuse or condone the abuse of an animal, I don’t feel strongly about the issue.

  • Putting Indiana’s communities first

    KATHY DAVIS

    RANDALL T. SHEPARD

    GUEST COLUMNISTS

     

    No one wants to look back and wonder what we could have and should have done to make Indiana a better place. Instead, by taking a forward-looking approach, the Indiana University Public Policy Institute is evaluating what can be done now to help local communities and our state succeed.

  • Calling Bigfoot researchers

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I saw the following story  posted by the Martinsville Reporter-Times on the Hoosier State Press Association’s Information Network last week. Staff writer Scott Roberts interviewed members of a  group preparing to spend a weekend this spring searching the Morgan-Monroe Forest for signs of Bigfoot.

  • Rural News

    Gerald

  • Respecting religious diversity

     

    By Vince Luecke

    It’s Lent and I’ve been doing my best to follow the ages-old Christian tradition of trying to amend my life – at least a little – during the 40 days leading up to Easter.

  • The role of Congress and learning to be a citizen

    Lee Hamilton

    Center for Congress

     

    The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

    I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook. Democracy is no spectator sport and citizens are not passive consumers.

  • Leave Indiana’s common construction wage law in place

    JOHN GREGG

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Folks, who know me well, know I love history. History is a great teacher – and what happened last week in the Indiana House of Representatives reminded me of that.

    In darkest days of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt passed the Davis-Bacon Act, which created something known as the common-construction wage or prevailing wage.