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Columns

  • COLUMN: Leaders know how to compromise

    DR. GENE RESS
    Guest Columnist

    I am apolitical. I have never cast a straight ballot. I do not happen to believe all those running as a rooster or a donkey or an elephant or a whatever are all of the best choices, especially locally. Yet I consider Dean Boerste and Tom McCart very good friends of mine.

  • COLUMN: Bingo: Like life and death

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Forrest Gump’s mother compared life to a box of chocolates. “You never know what you’re gonna get,” she concluded, likely from experience.

    After a recent church picnic, I have a different analogy. Life is a lot like a game of bingo. You never know when the number you’re looking for  – or not looking for  – is going to be called.

  • COLUMN: A smattering of tidbits

    DICK HEDRICK
    By the Side of the Road

    A couple of years ago, I picked up a book titled “Secret Lives of Great Authors,” by Robert Schnakenberg. It had a certain appeal, much like the National Inquirer, which is in the business of publishing quirky and outlandish tidbits about famous people.

  • COLUMN: Helping shape young minds

    By TRISTA LUTGRING
    Feature Writer

    I had a very rewarding experience a few weeks ago.

    I was asked to judge the photography projects of 4-H’ers in the third through fifth grades during the annual Perry County 4-H Fair. I readily accepted the challenge and was very excited – albeit a little nervous – when I showed up to the fairgrounds July 8.

  • COLUMN: Adjusting to the smoking ban

    By STEVE DAVISSON
    District 73 State Representative

    Several new Indiana went into effect July 1 regarding public health. This was a popular topic of discussion this past legislative session, and it’s important for everyone to be aware of the changes Indiana is making.

    Among the list of public health legislation that was passed this session, the Indiana General Assembly approved a statewide smoking ban.

  • COLUMN: A visit with King Henry

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I’ve been to the tombs of plenty of famous people, presidents, kings, queens and emperors. I’ve been to the graves of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Joyce, Edgar Alan Poe and Thomas Jefferson. I’ve stood near the tombstones and memorials of popes and princes but it was the grave of a king and queen I was thinking of Friday.

  • COLUMN: Monofill could threaten water

    By JAMES CARTER & YVONNE CARTER
    Guest Columnists

    Perry County commissioners will meet July 18, at 6 p.m. to consider a zoning change for a 200-acre parcel of land located next to the Hoosier National Forest from conservative use to heavy industrial. The purpose is to maintain an industrial landfill called a monofill.

    Ask yourself why should I care if it does not affect me? In fact it affects the majority of Perry County residents. Would you like to know why? Please read further.

  • 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.