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Columns

  • Hot water underappreciated

    It’s a constant human fault to take for granted the things we enjoy every day. Abundant food, good roads, public safety. Throw in hot water.

    My water heater died last week. Actually it was a slow death and as I pen these words I’m not yet sure if the seldom thought-about appliance had truly died or was in some sort of mechanical coma capable of being revived. All I knew Friday morning was that I had no hot water.

  • COLUMN: Hopkins couldn’t save 'The Rite'

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    Movies about exorcisms always arouse a bit of interest with their claims of being “based on a true story.” Hopefully, the majority of today’s audience realizes that the “true story” gimmick is just that: a gimmick. That doesn’t mean an exorcism film can’t be effective, though. Unfortunately, an exorcism movie, like “The Rite,” can be ineffective, boring and pointless.

  • COLUMN: Teachers’s role is helping each student reach their potential

    By WENDY ALVEY, Guest Columnist

    I’ve never written a letter to the editor, but I feel compelled to share my thoughts on the discussion at hand regarding matching teacher pay to student test scores.

    If the teacher is doing his or her job, then it should follow that the student should learn. My husband is a teacher and he arrives, along with several other teachers, at school no later than 6:45 a.m. each school day. He is available from that time until the start of the school day at 8 a.m. to tutor and provide remediation to any student in need.

  • COLUMN: Longing for spring’s arrival

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’ve not always been a big hater of winter, but I’ve already had enough of snow and cold for one season and I know I’m not alone in wishing for spring’s speedy arrival.

  • COLUMN: Farmers face property-tax hikes

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    My colleagues in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue tell me that this is a good time to be a farmer. Corn and bean prices are high, incomes are up and land values are rising.

    But into every life a little rain must fall, and every silver lining has a cloud. The very factors that are raising farm income will eventually increase farm property taxes.

  • COLUMN: Have a thought? Sign your name

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    My first real break of the day often comes around 10 a.m. when a co-worker drops mail on my desk. Some days there isn’t much but at least once or twice a week, I’ll get an anonymous letter.

    I also get nameless messages through our Web site and heck, even the occasional anonymous cell-phone voice-mail.

  • COLUMN: Memories of JFK and 1961’s parade

    By PHIL WITTMER, Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: Phil Wittmer penned this recollection of the 1961 inaugural parade he and other members of the Tell City High School Marching Marksmen took part in as John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the nation’s president. Other band members who would like to share their memories or personal stories of the experience can send them to Editor Vince Luecke at editor@perrycountynews.com.

  • COLUMN: Congress still needs input

    TODD YOUNG, U.S. House of Representatives

    When times are tough, Americans come together. In the wake of the tragic shootings in Arizona, Hoosiers across southern Indiana have extended our sympathies and prayers to the victims and their families. It is during times like these that our diverse country characteristically unites as “one nation, under God.”

  • COLUMN: Another look in the mailbag

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The Perry County News continues to be far and away the most subscribed-to periodical here at home, with more than 75 percent of households receiving the newspaper via subscriptions or from newsstands.

    Community newspapers like ours are still in demand and while papers like ours have certainly felt the effects of the recession, we’re faring better than many dailies.

  • COLUMN: Why I chose to live in Tell City

    By KIP KRIZMAN, Guest Columnist

    Why Tell City? The question seems easy enough to answer. My wife, Dr. Ana Lagunzad-Krizman and I could offer several generic aswers such as we were recruited by Perry County Memorial Hospital or we were looking for a change of pace from Cleveland, Ohio.

    However, none of these answers would begin to touch the core reasons as to why we stayed in Tell City. Perhaps the question should be: Why not Tell City?