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Columns

  • Preparing for Schweizer Fest

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    The 2017 Schweizer Fest, Aug. 9-13, is just around the corner. It’s my favorite week in Tell City and has been since I was a kid.

    Mid- to late-summer weeks are a busy time for many of us with vacations, back-to-school preparations and, for many, just completed 4-H fairs. However, Schweizer Fest is the county’s largest festival and nearly all of us take part in it one way or another.

  • The joys of creature comforts

    Stuart Cassidy

    Guest Columnist

     

    Progress is a double-edged sword. While we might hate paying the costs – especially when it comes to the use of our hard-earned dollars – we benefit from the results.

  • Summer = bonus time

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    I try to get up extra early at least a couple of days a week, especially during summer. Sadly, summer is already in decline and we’re in the Dog Days, traditionally the period of time from mid-July to mid-August. I already miss the few minutes of sunlight lost since the summer solstice in June. But the days are still plenty long.

  • Having a daughter changes everything, including movies

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist

     

    I knew becoming a parent would change my life in every way, but, weirdo that I am, I was very curious about how it would change my relationship with movies. I’m not referring to how often would I be able to go to the movies (I’ve been once so far, which is one more time than I expected two months in); I’m referring to my emotional response to movies.

  • Hoosiers and healthy choices

    MICAH CLARK

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Recently, I spoke with an Indiana legislator who joined me in expressing surprise about a traditionally liberal view coming out of our Republican dominated General Assembly. The topic is drug abuse.

    One of the bills enthusiastically signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb grants authority to local counties to implement needle exchange programs giving heroin users syringes for their addiction.

  • Protecting domestic violence victims

    State Sen

    Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    In the United States, an average of 20 people become victims of domestic abuse every minute. This is more than 10 million people annually. One in three women and one in four men in our country have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

  • Teaching respect

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I don’t have children, but I’m around nephews and nieces who, for the most part, are polite and considerate children and young adults. That’s a credit to their parents.

    As we all know, civility among children and adults isn’t as universal as it once was. We have road rage, salty language that would leave a pirate red-faced in some cases and people of all ages who lack patience, compassion and general regard for others.

  • New Indiana laws that help our kids

    Tami Silverman

    Guest Columnist

     

    While this summer’s lane closures and orange barrels are a visual reminder that Indiana adopted a landmark road funding bill in the recent legislative session, it’s also worth noting that state lawmakers passed a host of new bills that pave the way for stronger and safer Hoosier kids.

  • Brambles and viruses

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    We gave up on the raspberries a couple of years ago, they fruit was so perishable and the plants lacked vigor. We would cut the Royalty raspberries all the way to the ground each year and forgo an early crop to manage disease but it didn’t seem to pay off.

    It was never a total loss, but about half the canes would be dried up and diseased by now. 

  • Fair representation for all

    This editorial first appeared in the Kokomo Tribute.

     

    Of all the forces shaping our politics today, gerrymandering stands alone as the least discussed and most consequential one.

    Gerrymandering is defined by Merriam-Webster as: “To divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible.”