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Columns

  • Indiana’s future teachers

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Many of us can remember a particular teacher who had a positive impact on our education. Through critical areas of growth such as academics or leadership, teachers make a difference in every one of our lives. Indiana’s educators are preparing the next generation of Hoosier leaders for their careers.

  • Tracking Santa Claus

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Want to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? The North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, is on the job and more than 1,000 service members will be working Saturday to track the jolly old elf.

  • Hopes that good defeats evil for real

    By the side of the Road

     

    Now that our long, hot summer and the warm temperatures of autumn are history, I look forward to one of my favorite preoccupations, spending the cold and frosty days ahead in the vicarious world of good books.

    Call it what you will, an escape from the maddening world that surrounds us, or a thoughtful journey into the literary realms which feed our intellectual, spiritual and emotional hunger.

  • General Washington’s Christmas surprise

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    The year 1776 was a pivotal one for the Continental Army under Gen. Washington. They had been defeated at Long Island and driven from New York.  The approaching New Year was filled with desperation, as the revolution appeared to be failing. Many of the men who made up the ranks of the army would soon fulfill their enlistments and were planning on going home. Most were homesick and demoralized. Washington needed a victory or the glorious cause for which he fought would fade into history.

  • I was sick and you cared for me

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited.

     

    Matthew 25:36

     

    Stacie Ferraro died Friday. Her obituary is on Page 5. I did not know her well. I’ve known her husband, Tony, for many years. 

  • Why fake news is dangerous

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.”

    He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it’s a safe bet that had he known about fake Internet news, he’d have said the same thing – except maybe with more pointed words.

  • The naked woman in my shower (again)

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    A late-season visitor to my house last week reminded me of this column, first published several years ago.

     

    For someone accustomed to showering alone, the appearance of a naked stranger in the bathroom can be a bit alarming. I was bleary-eyed tired but sober and one-night stands have never been my style. Nevertheless, I climb-ed in a couple of weeks ago, more than willing to share my body wash with the long-legged lady. 

  • Why our generation is losing faith in the electoral process

    JENNIFER HAUSER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Last month something occurred in our general election that has only transpired five times in the 240 year existence of our nation, the president-elect was not the winner of the popular vote.

    Hillary Clinton received 61,039,676 votes and Donald Trump received 60,371,193 which would make Secretary Clinton the winner, right? Wrong. In our country we have what is known as the Electoral College to make the final determination of who has won the presidency in the election.

  • Thinking about health

    TRUDY LIEBERMANN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Surprise medical bills spell big trouble for consumers, especially those who find themselves in an emergency room. Such “surprises” have surfaced as a major patient problem, but because of entrenched healthcare interests, a solution is not likely any time soon.

    Here’s what happens. Patients arrive at the emergency room of a hospital that is in their insurer’s provider network. However, the physician who treats them is out of network.

  • What you need to know about choosing health insurance

    TRUDY LIEBERMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Even though the election is over and Republicans are in a position to repeal and replace Obamacare as they’ve been vowing to do for several years, that doesn’t mean you should avoid signing up for 2017 insurance coverage.