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Columns

  • Think before talking

    Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in December 2009.

    My face reddens easily, but never more quickly than when I say something I shouldn’t. I can take back what I write, at least before the paper goes to print, but words that leave my mouth can’t be retracted.

  • COLUMN: How the Hoosier National Forest benefits the local community

    By JUDI PEREZ
    Hoosier National Forest

    The 202,000 acres that make up the Hoosier National Forest are located in nine counties in southern Indiana. Each county has communities near the forest that receive multiple benefits simply by being located near the national forest. 

  • COLUMN: One thing we can agree on about government

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

  • COLUMN: Lugar describes hopes

    SEN. RICHARD LUGAR
    GUEST COLUMNIST
    Following are excerpts from the prepared text of a speech delivered Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar. The U.S. Senate’s most senior Republican and longest serving member of Congress in Indiana history is leaving the Senate after 36 years of service.

  • COLUMN: Attorney general has duty to raise Indiana’s case in Supreme Court

    GREG ZOELLER
    GUEST COLUMNIST

  • COLUMN: How do you do it, Santa?

    Santa Claus
    General Delivery
    North Pole

    Dear Santa:
    As Christmas approaches, I hope all is well with you and Mrs. C. Sorry I didn’t get to talk with you at the many parades you’ve taken part in over the past couple of weeks. I don’t see how you do it … getting to as many places as you do. I suppose magic reindeer are a big help.

  • COLUMN: Why you should subscribe to this newspaper

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    It’s not often that I can deliver a column into every home in Perry County. Today’s sample edition of the Perry County News does just that so what better opportunity to talk about the newspaper you’re holding and why you should become a subscriber?

  • COLUMN: A black panther and dynamite

    By FRANK SANDAGE
    Guest Columnist

    I want to add a bit of lore to Editor Vince Luecke’s Oct. 29 column on mountain lions and panthers.

    My dad, Frank Sandage Sr., (1907-1994) drove a school bus for the Anderson Township Schools from 1951 to 1966 until the new Perry Central School Corp. was organized.

    In early 1960 or 1961 Dad was returning from his early-morning run. This was before the new Indiana 37 was built.

  • COLUMN: In search of the perfect springerle

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I’m on vacation this week and of the long list of things I need to do, baking Christmas sweets is well up on my to-do list.

    Though I have a physique of a healthy eater, I’m no baker and the only cookies I’ve made as of late have come from two cubes of dough purchased from my school-age nieces and nephews. The cookies were OK but nowhere near as good as Mom’s made-from-scratch treats.

  • COLUMN: Threats to the family meal

    By DON COURSEY
    Guest Columnist

    Federal regulators recently roiled America’s farmers with the release of new rules for financial instruments. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, one of the agencies charged with implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, officially announced the new requirements and said they would take effect by year’s end.

    What does Dodd-Frank, passed in response to the 2008 economic crisis and aimed at reforming a vast swathe of the financial sector, have to do with farmers?