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Columns

  • Protecting Indiana jobs

     

    Joe Donnelly

    U.S. Senator

     

    I have always believed that our country works best when the middle class is strong. It’s good for families, businesses, and our local communities. For decades, the strength of the middle class has been rooted in a social contract between businesses and workers, a mutual understanding that the success of one contributes to the success of the other. 

  • The wonderful world of edible flowers

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I think about food so much this time of the year because vegetables abound and broilers and lambs are on pasture. I have a deep appreciation for homegrown food and this includes making it look pretty when it is served for a meal, especially when we have guests.

  • The bravest among us

    SEN. DAN COATS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Memorial Day is the day when we, as Americans, honor the brave heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives in order to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.

  • Honoring our fallen heroes

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Throughout our history, more than 1 million Americans have lost their lives serving our country. Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to remember the men and women who sacrificed everything to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.

    While communities throughout the state will be celebrating Memorial Day in their own ways, it is important that we remember the true meaning of the holiday: to honor our service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to our nation.

  • Electing an abbot

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It is going to be an important week for the Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, who will elect their 10th abbot Thursday. And while there won’t be a Vatican-style chimney puffing white smoke to signal the election of a new abbot, there will be bells … and a lot of tradition.

  • Memorial Day needs to mean something to all of us

    KARL HERZOG

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The soldiers of the war need no explanation; they can join in commemorating a soldier’s death with feelings of kind, whether they fell toward them or beside them.

    But Memorial Day needs to mean something to all of us. The 4th of July, I believe, we rejoice more as a whole because of our moral and civil independence.

    I remember a time as a scoutmaster, one boy did not believe Memorial Day was set a side to remember the one’s who gave of themselves. A deep shame indeed.

  • Every vote counts

    Don Steen

    reporter@spencercountyjournal.com

     

    Indiana’s part in this election season is over, for now. Much has been said of how unique this past primary was, as Hoosier votes were poised to be decisive in the race. Indeed, Donald J. Trump’s resounding victory here, both in the county and statewide, effectively ended any remaining resistance to his becoming the nominee of his party.

  • Good luck, graduates

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Even after all these years of covering commencements, the strains of Pomp and Circumstance inspire me with optimism. After all, I have high hopes for this year’s group of newly minted graduates.

    I look forward each spring to the traditions of covering at least one local commencement in Perry and Spencer counties.

    We all have stakes in how well these graduates do. They are the men and women who will go to college, join the military or head into the work force.

  • Thank you, foster parents

    LLOYD ARNOLD

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    May is National Foster Care Month and it gives us the opportunity to show how much we appreciate the work foster families do for so many children in Indiana.

    There are currently more than 6,300 Hoosier children living in non-relative foster homes due to child abuse or neglect.

    I cannot emphasize enough the impact that foster parents have on the lives of children.

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 frost-free days to mature

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Once again, we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May. By early November, we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods. Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive.

    We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes, just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables.