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Columns

  • COLUMN: World Series shows why baseball and family go hand-in-hand

    By ERIC HARRIS, Guest Columnist

    There have been dozens of articles about the improbability of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 playoff run that culminated in one of the most exciting World Series of all time.

    I am not a sportswriter so I’m not going to pretend that anything I write is a meaningful contribution to the thousands of words that have already been committed to the Cardinals. Instead, I wanted to write about my favorite team, my favorite sport, and my family.

  • COLUMN: Priorities for the farm bill

    By JULIA WICKARD, Guest Columnist

    Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out his priorities for the upcoming farm bill. This bill is about a whole lot more than farming: it’s about supporting the jobs of the future, it’s about keeping pace with the changing needs of agriculture and rural America and it’s about providing a food supply for the nation. 

  • 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.