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Columns

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: I’m a skin cancer poster boy

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Sunscreen, hats and less skin exposed to the sun are among my life’s priorities after a skin-cancer scare had my stomach in knots for nearly two weeks. A few good friends helped preserve my wits before the good news arrived last week. I don’t have melanoma, the most serious and most fatal cancer of the skin.

  • COLUMN: The man they just can’t stop

    By TIM KLOEPPEL, Guest Columnist

    Presidential candidate Ron Paul is a man of his word. Throughout his more than 30-year congressional career, he has maintained a consistent pro-American voting record and has introduced countless bills which, if not for party politics, would have greatly improved the condition of the United States.

    His constitutional mindset has earned him an enormous grassroots following, as millions upon millions of Americans yearn for a return to a traditionally limited and responsible government.

  • COLUMN: The squirrel knows best

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire Friday. I made a quick truck to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.

  • COLUMN: ‘Drive’ is stylish, weird, unexpected

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Reviewer

    Every now and then something great happens in Hollywood. An interesting director makes enough great films overseas and he’s given a modest budget and a little star power and he gets to make whatever he wants out of a film. And then that film ends up playing on the big screen in an area as small as Perry County. I sat back unbelieving Sunday night as I watched Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film, “Drive” and witnessed one of the best films of the year … and I didn’t have to drive an hour to see it.