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Columns

  • COLUMN: Time to give thanks now

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Jack-o’-lanterns on porch steps, cardboard tombstones sprouting from lawns like toadstools and far too many homes wrapped in fake cobwebs can point to only one thing: Halloween is nearly here.

    I’ll welcome nieces, nephews and maybe a few neighborhood kids to my door for treats today, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s Thanksgiving — not Halloween — that most deserves a slot on October’s calendar.

  • COLUMN: Hunting is not the issue

    By GLENN MARKIEWICZ, Guest Columnist

    I’m writing this because of the article that Mr. Robinson wrote in a national magazine, the American Cooner. I would like to first say I never met this man in my life, so how can he say such outlandish things like I’m against hunting?

    I am not against hunting. I know many people who hunt and I have family members who hunt. I know hunting is a natural order in life and if we didn’t hunt, this world would be overpopulated with animals we would not know what to do with.

  • COLUMN: Why I am back in Perry County

    By PHIL WITTMER, Guest Columnist

    After leaving Tell City and Perry County for the most part in 1963, and moving 300 miles away in 1966, people often ask me why I returned.

    As a matter of fact, I actually ask myself that question occasionally. So, you may ask: “why not Florida, or the Carolinas or south Texas?”  Looking back, like many folks, my wife, Jeanne, and I did have several Southern tier states picked out for possible candidates when we decided to hang up our shingles.

  • COLUMN: All pets deserve loving homes

    By KATHY KLEEMAN, Guest Columnist

    This is in response to Rex Robinson’s recent letter. Perry County does need an animal-control officer. We had a very good one in Rhea Gehlhausen. I can tell you from the experience of working with her, that the last thing she wanted was to have to issue a fine or take anyone’s animals. She tried every other option available to her to assist, not punish owners.

  • COLUMN: Admitting our faults

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey have a custom of gathering together once or twice a year to share their own faults. I’ve never witnessed one of the “chapter of faults,” but the admission of minor personal flaws was something of a tradition at the Jesuit community in Detroit where I lived for a year in the 1990s.

  • COLUMN: TC Electric marks 70 years

    By MARLOW SMETHURST, Guest Columnist

    The Tell City Electric Department celebrates its 70th anniversary today. Before 1941, electric service to Tell City and the surrounding area, including Cannelton, Troy and Hawesville, Ky., was provided by the Ohio River Power Company, which owned and operated an electricity-generation plant in Tell City.

  • COLUMN: Stingy? No. Thrifty? Yes

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I grew up appreciating the value of a dollar and while I don’t pinch pennies as tight as some people, I don’t like to let things go to waste.

  • COLUMN: Class-size math not so simple

    By BILL STANCZYKIEWICZ, Guest Columnist

    Doing the math on education funding has many Indiana school districts sizing up class size.

    School funding reductions have persuaded some Hoosier schools to cut faculty. Ball State researchers estimated the average school district has laid off nine teachers and five teacher aids. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, that leaves about 17 students per teacher. The national average is 15.

  • COLUMN: War of 1812 to be discussed

    By DONNA MASON, Guest Columnist

    The Second War for Independence played a great part in the settlement of Perry County. A reward for being a soldier in the War of 1812 was a bounty of land. Many families of those who received bounty land in Perry County still live here. Some of those family names are Weatherholt, Cunningham, Frakes, Connor, Alvey, Murphy, Weedman and many others who settled in Perry County and are buried here.

  • 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.