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Columns

  • Get ready for more of the same

    Lee Hamilton
    Center on Congress

    I  felt a brief surge of hope about Congress a few weeks ago. I was returning from Easter recess and Capitol Hill was filled with talk about immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill, a spending bill to keep the government operating and maybe even funding for transportation infrastructure. But, as I said, it was brief.

    That’s because the talk turned out to be just that. Immigration reform appears to be headed nowhere, as do tax reform and budgetary discipline. The minimum-wage increase died in the Senate.

  • COLUMN: Editorial failed to present all the facts

    By MENDY LASSALINE
    Perry County Assessor

    This is in response to the May 5 Perry County News editorial titled “Assessor: Do what’s right for community.”

    I feel that a response is warranted and I will address some facts that were left out of the editorial. Since I was not contacted before this was printed, it is my duty to inform the community of what they were denied knowing.

  • COLUMN: Proud to call Tell City and Perry County our new home

    By ZACHARY and LAURA SCHILLING
    Guest Columnists

    Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of guest columns by people who have chosen to move to Perry County or who have chosen to remain here. Columns are provided by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, a subgroup of the Perry County Development Corp.

  • COLUMN: Generation Gap: Darla Jordan

    By BREANNA SWANEY
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: The Perry County News is publishing a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School. The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students. Today’s column is by Breanna Swaney, who profiles her grandmother, Darla Jordan.

  • COLUMN: Your first invitation ... eclipse party 8.21.17

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Before you read any further, grab pen and paper and jot down the following: “Aug. 21, 2017. Solar eclipse party, New Boston.”

    I know the date’s more than three years way. But big events deserve preplanning and the first total solar eclipse for many of us is a milestone event.

    Lots of people will be hosting eclipse parties but I wanted to be first. I’m planning on having one heck of an event. Consider it an extra-early invitation.

  • Relative strangers

    JIM ADKINS
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    I was driving my truck along Main Street in Tell City a few years ago when I caught sight of an older, somewhat disheveled man walking along the sidewalk. There wasn’t anything extraordinary about him, just an average guy really, but I noted that as he walked, he held his head low and moved slowly, almost aimlessly. Suspecting that he was depressed about something I reflected on tough times in my own life. Must be down on his luck, I thought as I passed. “Hope things pick up for you, Bud,” I whispered as I sped by.

  • Busy birds, busy bees

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    It’s been over a year since a storm ripped a small weathervane from my garage roof. I didn’t miss the adornment that much but the resulting small hole in the metal roof has caused me aggravation.

  • COLUMN - Generation Gap: Debbie Schraner

    By MACKENZIE FULTON
    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s Note: The Perry County News is publishing a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School. The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students. Today’s column is by Mackenzie Fulton, who profiles her grandmother, Debbie Schraner.

    After several weeks of debating on who I should interview, I chose my grandma, Debbie Schraner.

  • COLUMN - Be willing to stir things up

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    I can vividly remember the first and only letter to the editor I ever penned. I was in seventh grade and decided to point a scolding finger at school officials in Spencer County.

    For whatever reason, Heritage Hills, then less than 10 years old, had a roof in very poor condition that leaked every time it rained. Water poured through the flat roof, staining ceiling tiles and carpet. On rainy days, there were trash cans scattered along the school’s hallways and classrooms.

  • With facts out, time has come to act on Keystone XL

    ROBERT L. BRADLEY JR.
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Recent events in Crimea give President Obama  yet another reason to approve Keystone XL. Russia’s military incursion highlights the need for improved transportation of oil and natural gas from North America for energy-market stability.

    Immediately after Putin’s forces entered the Crimean Peninsula, the price of crude oil jumped to a sustained six-month high of nearly $105 a barrel. Every dollar increase adds cents-per-gallon at the pump and to heating-oil bills.