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Columns

  • Packages delivered by the air: one step further from science fiction

    Jake Bethel

    Staff Writer

    lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    Potentially uplifting the customer’s online shopping experience, or a catastrophic letdown? We see both sides as Amazon steadily makes strides toward improving its proposed Amazon Prime Air delivery system, in which drones would deliver packages weighing less than 5 pounds to customers within 30 minutes or less.

  • Weather lore of old

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    I was in freshman German class at Heritage Hills High School and on one Saturday morning in a 1980s hog lot, I practiced my toddler language on a couple of old German farmers.

    I was learning that their German dialect, passed on from the mid-1880s hadn’t kept up with the modern German I was studying in school. The pronunciation was especially different. One farmer grabbed his suspenders and frowned in disappointment as a I counted to 20 in German.

  • WBC, sound off

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    March Madness or just plain maddening? No, It’s not the NCAA basketball tourney that’s got me writhing. Baseball season is upon us, too. But in the anticipation of the crack of the bat, the gear up seems like such a let down.

  • The power of positive attitude

    Eric Kehl

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s Note: This article is one in an occasional series of columns on work ethics. It was written by Eric Kehl of German American.

     

    Whether you are a student studying for your education, a volunteer working to support your community or an employee in the workforce, your attitude towards your task at hand means absolutely everything. 

    Nowhere is your positive attitude more appreciated by others than when you are at work.

  • Why the need to be mean?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Social media is a great thing but in too many instances it has a dark side: a coarsening of the public discourse. Simply put, people who regularly talk to one another, even strangers, politely when face to face, aren’t as civil to one another when communicating electronically.

  • When it comes to protecting plants, controlling weeds, mulch matters

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks. When done properly, it can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature. These things can be achieved using a variety of materials. But which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • Charlie Tuggle memorial ride set for April 29

    TELL CITY – Braunie’s Bar will host the 10th annual Charlie Tuggle Memorial Ride Saturday, April 29. Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. with all vehicles departing at 11 a.m. and returning at 3:30 p.m.

    All Jeeps and SUVs are welcome. The public is welcome to participate.

    Donations accepted will go to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and Schreiber Family Charities.

    For more information, call Braunie’s at (812) 547-8803 or John at (812) 547-7917.

  • It’s time to spot seed lawn’s bare patches

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I do not worry about any perfection in our “lawn” around the house. It largely blends into the pastures where we graze sheep and poultry. However, we do need to spot seed from time to time to recover heavy-use areas and around bale feeders.

    The areas we need to address are small, otherwise I would be hesitant to do much until late August.  Spring seeding comes second to the preferred late summer timing for complete lawn renovation or seeding a brand-new lawn.

  • Perry County’s Irish eyes

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It takes just a few seconds to rub away the moss hiding the etched words over Margaret Duffy’s tomb. Still legible 140 years after the 15-year-old’s death, the two short sentences echo the cry her parents surely felt. “Behold this grave and shed a tear,” the tombstone requests of passersby. “Beauty and virtue is buried here.”

  • Bloated budgets, troops at risk

    Jonathan Bydlak

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    How much does the Department of Defense waste on overhead and outside contractors? Pentagon officials recently paid an outside consulting firm to find out.

    When the consultants put the figure at $125 billion, defense officials were scared Congress would cut their budget. So they tossed the multi-million-dollar report in the trash and hoped no one would find it.