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Columns

  • COLUMN: Lenten obligations

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Lent is about here and while not everyone’s religious tradition observes the 40-day period before Easter, I suspect most people at least acknowledge its arrival.

  • COLUMN: Protesters rally at statehouse

    By RICHARD YOUNG, District 47 State Senator

    State senators worked long days and late nights to meet mid-session deadlines and advance Senate bills to the House for further consideration. Legislation that didn’t make it out of its house of origin is most likely dead for this session. Out of 1,206 proposals introduced in January by members of both chambers, 603 were Senate bills. This brief summary includes highlights of a few of the 198 bills approved by the Senate as well as other activities at the Statehouse.

  • COLUMN: Right to bear arms worth fighting for

    By CLARENCE LEATHERBURY, Guest Columnist

    On Jan, 8, 2011 my father, Douglas Leatherbury and I were driving down State Road 135 in his old reliable Ford pickup truck heading to our small Ohio River frontage farm in Perry County, Indiana. I remember twisting the knob on the radio searching for a good tune when I came across a news alert. I could hear the alarm in the man’s voice as he stated, “Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at an event she held for her constituents at an Arizona grocery.”

  • COLUMN: You want to obey me

    By KEVIN KOELLING, Managing Editor

    Using mind tricks on your bosses to get the things you want?

    (I could use a raise.)

    That’s absolutely brilliant!

    (My cubicle should be bigger.)

    The Army’s psychological-operations experts, according to Rolling Stone magazine, have been turning their tactics on senators, who can give them large sums of cash. I’m not talking wallets thick with dead presidents, here. They were asking for billions!

  • COLUMN: ‘The King’s Speech’ is more than just Oscar bait

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    Every year a film is released that screams, “Oscar!” and this year that film is “The King’s Speech.” Unfortunately, some people are turned off by films that seem destined for awards because the very synopsis of such films come off as pretentious. It’s understandable why some would be put off by the story of a stuttering Duke of York (Colin Firth) in pre-WWII Britain.

    That’s right; “The King’s Speech” is all about a king with a speech impediment.

  • COLUMN: State education system needs reform

    MARCIA DAUBY, Guest Columnist

    After reading a recent opinion piece in the paper, I felt compelled to offer another view. I am very excited and hopeful teachers will be held accountable and their performance “graded.”

    Any teacher can show up at school at 6:45 a.m. My question is do these teachers let parents know they are there at that time? The answer is no.

  • COLUMN: Nature and nighttime intruders

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Looking back, it wasn’t that close of a call, though the nighttime encounter could have been disastrous.

    Returning home Thursday night, I found an intruder on the sidewalk leading from the garage to my house.

  • COLUMN: County works to extend help to poor, blind

    Chuck Poehlein penned this column on the care given to the poor and sick by the county during the first decades of its founding. The first installment appeared in last Thursday’s edition and shared information on the county’s poor farms, working agricultural enterprises that offered work to the county’s poor in return for room and board. Today’s final installment reports on the roles families held in helping poor relatives.

  • COLUMN: And the Oscar nominees are ...

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    The Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 27, and I figured I would weigh in on the nominees. The last two years I’ve focused on the Best Picture nominees primarily and only mentioned other categories in passing. This year I want to focus on all of the major categories and give my pick for the category as well as my prediction for who will actually win.
    Best Picture

  • Rescued by county welfare system

    CHUCK POEHLEIN, GUEST COLUMNIST
    Editor’s Note: Chuck Poehlein provided this response to his Feb. 10 column on county efforts early in its history to help residents who were poor and could not care for themselves. The second part of Poehlein’s column from last week, intended for this issue, will appear, because of a lack of space, in Thursday’s edition.