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Columns

  • Advocating for at-risk children in foster care

    State Rep. Stephen Bartels

    District 74

     

    Substance abuse is affecting Hoosier families, communities and lives statewide, and the stories are gut-wrenching. The opioid epidemic in our state is significantly impacting those who are most vulnerable, and we must find a way to support the children suffering by no fault of their own.

  • Closing the dyslexia gap

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    Studies estimate that approximately 20 percent of the population is affected at some level with dyslexia. Chances are, you may have a child with this learning disability, or know someone who does.

  • Groundhog Day betting

     

    Phil Junker

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s Note: Phil Junker is a retired outdoors writer who wrote this column a few years ago about Groundhog Day. The annual observance falls this Friday.

     

    If you have a coin in your pocket, you have a predictor of spring about as accurate as Friday’s observance of the ground, which is looked upon for a forecast each Feb. 2.

  • ‘Death with Dignity’ worthy of consideration

    Jerry Davich

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    In November, Don Poore turned to his wife Dreana to ask a desperate question.

    “Indiana doesn’t have assisted suicide,” he said. “What am I to do?”

    For months, Poore suffered from intense back pain that only got worse.

  • Snow gets to us all

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Snow has a love-hate relationship with those on whom it falls. Many of us cringe at the very word. We hate snow for what it creates and leaves behind: slick roads, fender benders, sidewalks to shovel, wet shoes and cold toes. That’s certainly been the case the past two weeks.

    Many of us have had enough of winter already and it’s not even Groundhog’s Day yet.

  • Trump’s ironic call for tougher libel laws

    Kelly Hawes

    Guest Columnist

     

    Donald J. Trump is the master of irony. Take his promise to toughen this nation’s libel laws.

    “We want fairness,” the president said. “Can’t say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account.”

    Really? You can’t say things that are false? This from the man who claimed Barack Obama was born in Africa and that the father of Sen. Ted Cruz had been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

  • Make it a year of service

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    The start of a new year brings plenty of opportunities to get involved in our community, from volunteering your time toward a cause you find important to running for office. Even if your original New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside, there’s time to become and stay involved. You’ll be happier and so will others in our community who need the help.

  • Make Hoosier kids priority

    LARRY KLEEMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Thank you to thePerry County News for Jan. 1 editorial, “Department of Child Services claims demand attention.”  I hope it helps to educate the public about this serious problem in Indiana and especially in the five counties that compose Indiana House District 74 (Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry and Spencer).

  • Succulents for successful indoor blooms

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Plant collectors have long appreciated orchids and African violets for their winter bloom cycle. I have amassed a collection of both and they help me get through the winter with their colorful interest. But violets and orchids are not the only classes of plants that can deliver in the winter; think succulents.

  • The beauty of winter

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    As a kid, I didn’t mind winter. Even a modest snowfall usually meant no school for the day, sledding, visiting neighborhood friends and lots of afternoon TV. Now that I’m middle-aged, winter tugs at me and asks me to slow down and so it seems I’m more reflective about winter and its place among the four seasons.