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Columns

  • COLUMN: Labor makes us who we are

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    With the arrival of Labor Day, I wonder if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of work as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life.

    Farm kids don’t have to be taught the importance of labor. Farming is labor, from shoveling hog manure to tossing endless numbers of hay bales onto wagons. When I wanted to make money as a teen, I waited until our family’s hay was done and then called neighbors and asked if they needed help with theirs.

  • COLUMN: Women received right to vote less than a century ago

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    The presidential election year of 2008 was an important juncture in this nation’s history; for the first time it was actually possible that a woman could be elected president. Women have come a long way in the past 91 years. Before that time they weren’t even permitted to vote.

  • COLUMN: One stranger’s trash is seldom another person’s treasure

    By ERIC HARRIS, Guest Columnist

    You may have heard a few clichés about garbage over the years. Things like, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” or “You can tell a lot about a person by what they throw away.”

    Maybe that second one isn’t exactly a saying but it’s probably true. I have been living by a different saying the last few months: “You can imagine a lot about a stranger by the crap they throw out of their car.”

  • COLUMN: Proposed animal-control ordinance is a must read

    PAM GRANDERSON, Guest Columnist

    When the Humane Society asked for help to fight puppy mills, she sent them money. Good riddance. She had her toy poodle and six cats, all spayed and neutered and vaccinated. She couldn’t see why anyone would mistreat any dog or cat. They were her children.

  • COLUMN: What’s in your office?

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Newspaper folks have been known to borrow ideas from other publications. As a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, I have admired the occasional profile features on business leaders’ desks. A WSJ reporter would visit a chief executive officer, financier or other well-known business person and share the stories behind the collections, artwork and memorabilia on their desks and hanging on their office walls.

  • COLUMN: Medicare protects Seniors

    By DAVE CROOKS, Guest Columnist

    July marked the 45th anniversary of the creation of Medicare. For nearly half a century, the Medicare program has provided virtually all American seniors over the age of 65 with affordable, reliable and comprehensive healthcare coverage.

    Medicare also provides seniors with essential financial security, helping ease the burden of skyrocketing health-care costs.

  • COLUMN: Anderson Woods provides ongoing teaching moments for campers

    Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of articles about Anderson Woods, a summer camp near Adyeville for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The columns are written by Megan Gatwood.

  • COLUMN: A mission worth sharing

    By RYAN HACKBARTH, Guest Columnist

    My name is Ryan Hackbarth and I will be a senior at Tell City High School. Sister Mary Emma Jochum OSB asked me to write about a recent mission-trip experience.

    During the week of the Fourth of July, 19 parishioners from St. Paul Church traveled to Nashville, Tenn., There were four adults and 15 high-school students in the group.

  • COLUMN: Cheers for Schweizer Fest

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Another Schweizer Fest is in the books and although I pen this Friday afternoon with forecasters calling for rain Saturday, the weather Wednesday through Friday was picture-perfect. We certainly need any rain that falls, but with any luck it held off until the festival was over.

  • COLUMN: Achieving Dr. Bosler’s dream

    BY REBECCA FENN, Guest Columnist

    When I returned from vacation recently, I was saddened to read of Dr. Bernie Bosler’s death. While I didn’t know him well, I was always impressed by his sincere interest in the well-being of our community. When we would run into each other at the post office, he always asked me how things were going with United Way and it wasn’t just a polite question – he really cared.