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Columns

  • Celebrate public health

    Lloyd Arnold
    Indiana House Representative District 74

    As we are wrapping up National Public Health Week, I thought I would take the time to share some of the ways the Indiana General Assembly addressed the issue of public health this session.  Public health is considered the protection and improvement upon health of families and communities. In order to do this, there must be a promotion of healthy lifestyles as well as educating the public on disease and injury prevention.

  • Pipeline opponents claim all cause, no benefit

    Despite environmentalists’ efforts to  stall the approval of Keystone XL, some real progress could soon be made.

    The State Department just released its long-awaited analysis of the project’s environmental impact. The study’s key finding: building and maintaining Keystone would have virtually no effect on global carbon emissions. Indeed, without the pipeline, emissions could rise because the oil will be transported by more carbon-intensive means.

  • Empower Hoosier pupils; give them the proper tools

    Lloyd Arnold
    Indiana House District 74 Representative

    As a father of four and baseball coach of many, I always love hearing about personal goals of young students, their favorite classes and what they want to be when they grow up. These hopes and dreams of our state’s children weigh heavily on me as I cast votes and author bills during the legislative session. Our legislation has a direct impact on our state’s future, our children.

  • Summer shouldn’t mean hunger for nation’s children

    KEVIN CONCANNON
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. Unfortunately, many of our nation’s children do not experience the simple joys of summer. In fact, far too many are left worrying where their next breakfast or lunch will come from when schools are dismissed for summer break.

  • A familiar email tale

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    I received the following email a few days ago. I’m sure its theme will sound familiar to many of you.

    Mr. Luecke: I am Mrs. Dominika Kruznikor, a 69-year-old widow. I am suffering from terminal cancer and the doctors have told me that I have few weeks to live. I want to donate my inheritance out under your supervision to benefit the less privileged. Email me for details.

  • Generation Gap: Dennis Howell

    DALTON SCHILLER
    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 Dalton Schiller, who profiles his grandfather, Dennis Howell.

  • As grim as things seem, there is a fix for what ails Congress

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant, and sadly out of touch.

  • On Ukraine, the United States must pledge to do more

    Dan Coats
    United States Senate

    Four weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. Senate finally passed legislation Thursday to support Ukraine and condemn Russia’s aggression in Crimea. Regrettably, the past few weeks in Washington have been a series of conflicted priorities, hesitation and missed opportunities.

  • Justice system needs both sides represented in court

    Greg Zoeller
    Indiana Attorney General

    Several same-sex couples recently filed law-suits seeking to strike down Indiana’s traditional-marriage-definition law.

    As Indiana attorney general, I have been asked why my office is defending the statute in court when some AGs in other states are not defending their states’ traditional-marriage laws from similar lawsuits.

  • Young professionals group forming

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    Do you consider yourself a young – or a young-at-heart – man or woman interested in networking with others about your community? Are you looking for ways to get involved in local issues, carry out service projects and have fun in the process? Then a  currently forming group of young professionals is just for you.