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Columns

  • COLUMN: Rethinking Education Reform

    By JAMES GUTHRIE, Guest Columnist

    As budget crises deepen across the country, many fear that education funding could be put on the chopping block. If school budgets are reduced, will it be possible to get a high-quality education in public schools?

    The simple answer is yes. A high-quality education might be priceless in today’s economy. But it doesn’t have to be overly expensive.

  • COLUMN: Good use for a spare $25

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I very seldom buy scratch-off lottery tickets but grabbed three the other day. I won $25, not a bad return for $3. I visited Churchill Downs a couple of weekends ago and dropped more than that on some races. Luckily, I ended the day only a small loser.

    I stared at the bills and wondered what I’d do with the money. Like a lot of people my age and younger, I don’t carry much cash. I use a debit card to buy groceries and gas. My paycheck is direct deposited and most bills are paid online.

  • COLUMN: Listening to a saint and his deer

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’m not that religious of a person but I have an attraction to the lives of saints. I guess that’s a Catholic practice but for me reading about the lives of courageous people who fought and struggled for their faith goes beyond denomination.

    There’s plenty the saints can teach us – about overcoming hardships, holding fast to faith in trying times and refusing to sacrifice what we judge most dear, even when it’s hard.

  • How to begin resolving distrust in our system of government

    Lee Hamilton, Center for Congress

    The latest New York Times/CBS News poll had bad news for Congress, whose support is down to single digits. But it had even worse news for the Republic. Americans’ distrust of government, the pollsters found, is “at its highest level ever.”

  • Venison can help feed the hungry

    Phil Junker, Outdoor Tales

    People who hunt deer are enthusiastic about their sport, and most love to eat venison. For those who don’t, a number of places are ready to put the tasty, healthy meat to good use, serving people who want it and those who need it.

    Taking an extra deer really is a good thing. It helps manage the continued growth of the deer herd, and it also can help the needy.

  • ‘Immortals’ is beautiful, bloody film

    Eric Harris, Film Review

    Some may have seen the preview for “Immortals” and been excited to see the next “300” since the previews boasted that it was from the producer of that stylized, violent Greek action film. Viewers going in for a movie like “300” will likely be pleased by elements of this film, but “Immortals” is trying for something a bit different. “Immortals” may be produced by someone involved with “300,” but, more importantly, it is directed by Tarsem Singh.

  • COLUMN: Input needed for hometown-competitiveness program

    By CHERI TAYLOR, Guest Columnist

    Perry County is participating in the Indiana HomeTown Competitiveness program based on a successful application submitted by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce. The Indiana HomeTown Competitiveness is a program to empower our "hometowns" to enhance their prosperity and quality of life. IHTC is operated out of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and is based on a similar program that began in Nebraska to help their communities that had been shrinking for over 100 years.

  • COLUMN: What’s behind the ACLU name?

    By JIM ADKINS, Guest Columnist

    A lot of ink has been spilled by The News lately about the ACLU. I thought I would weigh in and tell why so many people, including myself, find this organization so loathsome.

    Let me first say that the use of the term “civil liberties” in the name of the ACLU is one of the most profound uses of doublespeak in the English language. It is anti-God, anti-American and anti-family and civil liberties be damned if they get in the way of the ACLU’s schemes.

  • COLUMN: Doing something good for others

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Tuesday is “Do Something Good for Someone in Perry County Day.” We hope all of us regularly find time to help someone, whether it’s a gesture in deeds or words. Being helpful, after all, should be part of everyday life.

    The Perry County Community Foundation is behind the designation for tomorrow and it’s also National Philanthropy Week. Foundation Director Sally Houzanme has penned a letter about the week on this page and the important work community foundations carry out.

  • COLUMN: Thanks to veterans, Americans remain free as the wind

    ROBERT MORRISON, Guest Columnist

    It seems the term “Tall Ship” must have come from John Masefield’s poem Sea Fever. My seafaring dad quoted that poem to me a hundred times, but he never sailed in a tall ship. Still, as a seafarer, he too felt the romance that whistled with the wind in the rigging.