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Columns

  • Thinking about health

    TRUDY LIEBERMANN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Surprise medical bills spell big trouble for consumers, especially those who find themselves in an emergency room. Such “surprises” have surfaced as a major patient problem, but because of entrenched healthcare interests, a solution is not likely any time soon.

    Here’s what happens. Patients arrive at the emergency room of a hospital that is in their insurer’s provider network. However, the physician who treats them is out of network.

  • What you need to know about choosing health insurance

    TRUDY LIEBERMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Even though the election is over and Republicans are in a position to repeal and replace Obamacare as they’ve been vowing to do for several years, that doesn’t mean you should avoid signing up for 2017 insurance coverage.

  • Flocking starlings a fall ritual

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Last Sunday, I felt like I was under siege! There were starlings everywhere; so much so that I feared being splattered with poop at every turn. The surprising thing about starlings is that they are everywhere, yet, not from here.

  • Scholarships for future teachers

    Erin Houchin

    State Senate District 47

     

    The winter months are an exciting time for high school seniors as they begin to decide what their next step will be after graduation. For those who are choosing to continue their education at a college or university, the daunting task of deciding where to go and how to pay for it follow soon after the acceptance letters arrive in the mail.

  • Indiana’s November surprise

    Larry DeBoer

    Guest Columnist

     

    Ten Indiana school districts offered property tax referenda Nov. 8, to finance buildings or budgets. That was the most for a November election since 2010. More referenda are offered during elections in May, probably because 69 percent of all May referenda have passed since 2010. Only 39 percent of November’s have passed in that time.

    On Nov. 8, 2016, nine out of 10 school referenda passed. It was a November surprise. Why did it happen?

  • Time for St. Nick’s visit

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I was chided last year for not reminding readers in time about the approach of St. Nicholas Day. Not so this year. St. Nicholas is coming Dec. 6, so there is well more than a week to make plans to take part in a great pre-Christmas tradition. Just don’t forget to put out your shoe the evening before the big day.

  • Civil War soldiers buried in Cannelton cemetery

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    If you go to Old Cliff Cemetery above Cannelton and enter the left gateway and then turn immediately to your left you will see two small tombstones. Upon close examination one can read the weathered inscription on the stones.

    They state that M.D. Turrell and Moses Mason, from the New Hampshire Infantry are buried there. How did Union soldiers from New England wind up in a cemetery in southern Indiana? Ah, therein lies a tale.

  • Indian Summer, once again!

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    It feels like we are solidly in another Indian Summer, which always reminds me of an old print my father had hanging in his office: two juxtaposed images of a young man and his grandfather around a small bonfire. 

  • Thanksgiving: A time for reflection, giving

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Rep. District 74

     

    For communities across Southern Indiana, Thanksgiving is a time to come together and acknowledge all the blessings we have in our lives. For many, it is a day of food, family and in my house, some football or deer hunting. We must also remember that there are those in our area who are less fortunate, and this time of year presents an opportunity to give thanks by giving back.

  • Populist message, Trump on top

    Andrea Neal

    Guest Columnist

     

    Mike Pence hit the nail on the head. On Sept. 8, while speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, he declared that the spirit of 1980 was back and that Donald Trump would win the White House. While others jeered, Pence predicted that the same forces that powered the Reagan revolution – working-class voters, union members, evangelicals – would align behind Trump and create a winning coalition.