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Columns

  • Lilly Counseling Initiative sparks innovative efforts for student success

    Tami Silverman

    President of Indiana Youth Institute

     

  • TC Schools excelling despite call for consolidation

    Guest Column by John Scioldo

    Superintendent, Tell City-Troy Township School Corp.

     

    In response to the recent opinion piece (Sept. 18 editorial, “By the numbers: Perry County should have one school district.”) I would like to offer some insight and clarifications that in my mind are pertinent to the claims made by the author.

  • Autumn’s activity bonanza

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Visiting the farm late last week, I caught an unmistakable smell of fall – recently harvested corn.

    If freshly mowed grass is a harbinger of spring, combines at work prove it’s autumn.

    My brothers and other farmers have begun harvesting early-planted corn, and while they won’t begin full-scale shelling of corn for another couple of weeks, the approach of harvest season is something I find exciting.

  • Saying goodbye seldom easy

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    An old Jesuit priest once told me during a 30-day retreat about the value of getting out of bed each morning and acknowledging the possibility that the coming day just might be your last.

    “Sooner or later, you’ll be right,” he quipped.

    For me, the saying is a reminder of the dangers of putting things off, saying what I might do today, I’ll wait and do tomorrow. Sooner or later, we run out of tomorrows.

  • A county full of chronicles

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perry countynews.com

     

  • On Medicare, Trump missing the mark

    Ron Klink

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    President Trump doesn’t understand or care about healthcare policy.

    He recently suggested that health insurance costs just $12 a year. And he fervently supported the GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan, which would have increased deductibles from $800 to $13,000 for individuals making $26,500 a year. That’s hardly the “great health care” plan with “much lower deductibles” that the president repeatedly promised.

  • Persimmons ripening early this year

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The pear and apple orchard has been picked clean for the season: some are now applesauce and others dried and sitting patiently on the shelf until the dead of winter (we are not allowed to eat them until all fresh are eaten!)

  • Helicopter parent’s beware

    TAMI SILVERMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    We’ve all heard of “helicopter parents” who hover over their children, rescuing them at the first sign of struggle. I recall my child’s fourth-grade teacher instructing parents not to complete an assigned project.

    However, the picture-perfect replicas of world landmarks made it clear some families disregarded the teacher’s plea.

  • Some Rust Belt problems are of our own making

    MICHAEL HICKS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Explaining the role of international trade on manufacturing jobs and the plight of the Midwest remains a daunting task for an economics professor. Perhaps this is because the telling of fables is so spiritually comforting.

    After all, it is easy to hope that prosperity will return to some beleaguered Rust Belt town if only we can stop Chinese imports. It is much harder to admit that our real challenges are homegrown.

  • A taste of early fall

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s technically not yet autumn. Halloween is still more than a month away and thanks to a summer with abundant rainfall (and the lingering effect of a few hurricanes) lawns are green and lush. But fall is just about here and that means it’s time for harvest parties and turtle soup.