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Columns

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: A special place to live

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Michelle Duncan, a fourth-grade teacher at Perry Central, asked her class – in the days before the end of the school year – to write about why Perry County is a great place to live.

    Students were assigned to write letters to the editor. Michelle chose three letters and submitted them for publication. Those penned by Alyssa Hinton, Mallory Lynch and Chyanne Austin were among the best. I’m sure they were all interesting.

  • ‘Prometheus’ a complex,entertaining film masterpiece

    Eric Harris

    Film Review

    The main discussion concerning “Prometheus” is whether or not the film is a prequel to Ridley Scott’s classic, “Alien.” The cast and crew have been vague about it, at most admitting that there’s some “Alien” DNA in the film. I think they’ve been dodging the question not because of spoilers but because of revenue. 

  • COLUMN: Television: Turn it off!

    By TIM KLOEPPEL
    Guest Columnist

    It is common in the United States today for the average family to spend several hours a day watching television. Though on the surface it may seem a harmless pastime, television viewing has an unbelievable impact on the way we act and think.

  • COLUMN: Hobos and homelessness

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Dorothy Tomlison, who until recently lived near Evanston, mailed me newspaper and magazine clippings about hobos.

    Being a hobo was quite a popular occupation in decades past, such as during the Great Depression, not out of choice, but necessity.

    Times were tough and people lost homes and farms. That necessitated hitting the road – or the railroad – in search of jobs and opportunities.