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Columns

  • COLUMN: Ways to get involved in your community

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Time is scarce for all of us, but investing an few hours – as little as 90 minutes Tuesday – over the coming months can help several groups move forward with important projects.

    The public is welcome to attend a Tuesday gathering to hear updates to Perry County’s Hometown Competitiveness project, which launched last year. Volunteers are working on five broad areas important to the community: youth, leadership, entrepreneurship, leaving a local legacy and rural families’ economic success.

  • COLUMN: Lawmakers still busy in Indy

    By RICHARD YOUNG, District 47 State Senator

    As lawmakers move through the second half of the legislative session, they begin the review of bills already approved by one chamber.

    Among the legislation still being considered are bills that would establish a statewide smoking ban, mandate drug tests for the state’s welfare recipients and appropriate additional funding for full-day kindergarten. This summary highlights House-approved bills being considered by the Senate.

    Health Issues

  • COLUMN: TC may drop apple Dec. 31

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    There might be a new entertainment option for New Year’s Eve this year. Instead of gathering around the television to watch New York City’s famed ball drop in Time’s Square, a large illuminated apple may drop in or near City Hall Park.

    It may be a novel idea to ring in 2013, but members of the Perry County Quality of Life Committee are exploring the idea as a New Year’s Eve event. Hopefully, the event would be a hit its first year and then grow in popularity each year thereafter.

  • COLUMN: Big Brothers-Big Sisters needs community’s support

    By LINDA REED, Guest Columnist

    I am interested in meeting with Perry County community leaders to discuss the Big Brothers-Big Sisters mentoring programs. Big Brothers-Big Sisters has been involved with Perry County youth since 2000 as a result of a 1997 Leadership Perry County class project.

    This meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Perry County Library.

  • COLUMN: Candles and St. Blaise

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I try to get to weekday church at least once every couple of weeks. Friday was such a day. I went because it was the feast day of St. Blaise and because I was happy to be on the upswing from a nasty bug of some type that kept me on my back the previous day.

    It’s on Saint Blaise Day that in some churches the throats of the faithful are blessed, usually with a pair of candles. Father Dennis did that after Mass Friday morning.

    Why the throat?

  • COLUMN: To protect human rights, companies must exit Iran

    By MARK WALLACE and IRWIN COTLER, Guest Columnists

    Late last year, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on human rights, Ahmed Shaheed, briefed the General Assembly about the state of human rights in Iran, and he painted an extremely bleak picture.

  • COLUMN: Help through trying times

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    My father died the morning of Jan. 16. Losing a parent to a terminal illness has to be one of the most challenging things an adult can face.

    My father, whose legal name was John but who was known by most of his friends as Paul, suffered from lung cancer for about two years. He died peacefully in his sleep and for a loved one who knew he wasn’t going to get better, a quiet death is a blessing. I felt guilty saying that to myself and to others over the past week, but I no longer have any reservations.

  • COLUMN: Letter supporting right to work inaccurate

    By DALE GROVES, Guest Columnist

    I always respect an opinion on a controversial issue that might be different from my own opinion, even the current right-to-work bill currently being debated in the Indiana General Assembly. And I know that those who support right-to-work and those who don’t have different fact sheets, different polls and different motives for wanting this bill passed or wanting it defeated.

  • COLUMN: The mental effects of abortion

    By JEANNE MONAHAN, Guest Columnist

    I remember well a night many years ago when a dear friend who was adamantly pro-choice came to me, sobbing uncontrollably.

    With defenses down, she unloaded a heavy burden she had long carried – a few years before she had chosen to abort her developing baby. She told me that not one day had passed that she did not think about her baby and regret her decision. My heart ached for my friend, as she was clearly tormented by her decision.

  • COLUMN: The greatest gifts of all

    By DICK HEDRICK, By the Side of the Road

    My father used to say, “There is nothing more over than Christmas.” With regard to the hoopla, he was certainly right. I’ve just completed breaking down numerous boxes for recycling.

    Colorful ribbons and bows have been discarded. Our nativity display has been repackaged, the artificial Christmas tree no longer illuminates the living room, all outdoor lighting has been dismantled.