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Columns

  • COLUMN: Ordinance strives to be fair

    By JAMES CARTER, Guest Columnist

    After reading Mr. Robinson’s articles and his concerns about his obvious confusion concerning the proposed animal ordinance, the Humane Society needs to clear up some misconceptions.

    The first and foremost misconception that Mr. Robinson has is his lack of understanding of why the commissioners agreed to have a committee form in the first place.

  • COLUMN: I’m a skin cancer poster boy

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Sunscreen, hats and less skin exposed to the sun are among my life’s priorities after a skin-cancer scare had my stomach in knots for nearly two weeks. A few good friends helped preserve my wits before the good news arrived last week. I don’t have melanoma, the most serious and most fatal cancer of the skin.

  • COLUMN: The man they just can’t stop

    By TIM KLOEPPEL, Guest Columnist

    Presidential candidate Ron Paul is a man of his word. Throughout his more than 30-year congressional career, he has maintained a consistent pro-American voting record and has introduced countless bills which, if not for party politics, would have greatly improved the condition of the United States.

    His constitutional mindset has earned him an enormous grassroots following, as millions upon millions of Americans yearn for a return to a traditionally limited and responsible government.

  • COLUMN: The squirrel knows best

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire Friday. I made a quick truck to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.

  • COLUMN: ‘Drive’ is stylish, weird, unexpected

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Reviewer

    Every now and then something great happens in Hollywood. An interesting director makes enough great films overseas and he’s given a modest budget and a little star power and he gets to make whatever he wants out of a film. And then that film ends up playing on the big screen in an area as small as Perry County. I sat back unbelieving Sunday night as I watched Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film, “Drive” and witnessed one of the best films of the year … and I didn’t have to drive an hour to see it.

  • COLUMN: Space junk ‘probably’ won’t hit you, NASA predicts

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    Helmets for sale! Get yours before NASA’s six-and-a-half-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite plunges to Earth, probably in your neck of the world!

    A report by Clara Moskowitz, senior writer for space.com, posted Tuesday at Yahoo News, said the former climate probe, now space junk, has been slowly losing altitude since 2005 and “will make a final uncontrolled plunge through Earth’s atmosphere” the last week of this month.

  • COLUMN: Plan now for autumn fun

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Visiting my parents late last week, I caught an unmistakable smell of fall – recently harvested corn.

    If freshly mowed grass is a harbinger of spring, combines at work prove it’s autumn.

    My brothers and other farmers have begun harvesting early-planted corn and while they won’t begin full-scale shelling of corn for a few weeks, the approach of harvest season is something I find exciting.

  • COLUMN: Good days and bad days

    By ERIC HARRIS, Guest Columnist

    I know what you’re thinking: “Another ‘please have sympathy for the poor teachers’ column?” Or maybe it’s, “I thought this was the dude who paid way too much attention to movies, what’s with this crap?”

  • COLUMN: Memories of the twin towers

    By PHIL JUNKER, Guest Columnist

    My head is filled with thoughts related to Sept. 11, 2001. They are numerous and difficult to organize. That may be the case for many Americans.

    I know exactly what I was doing when the first twin tower was hit. My wife Phyllis and I had made plans to attend an outdoor-writers conference. We planned to take our motorhome, so I had scheduled some minor maintenance at a Tell City automotive garage.

  • COLUMN: Workers must continue their fight for the American Dream

    By NANCY GUYOTT, Guest Columnist

    As Americans mark another Labor Day it’s high time for some hard truth. Like no time in recent memory, the American worker is losing ground – and that’s certainly the case here in Indiana.