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Columns

  • The beauty of winter

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    As a kid, I didn’t mind winter. Even a modest snowfall usually meant no school for the day, sledding, visiting neighborhood friends and lots of afternoon TV. Now that I’m middle-aged, winter tugs at me and asks me to slow down and so it seems I’m more reflective about winter and its place among the four seasons.

  • Inching toward citizen-led redistricting

    Kelly Hawes

    Guest Columnist

     

    Julia Vaughn believes redistricting reform has a real chance of passing in the coming session of the Indiana General Assembly.

    Vaughn is the policy director for Common Cause Indiana, and she has been traveling the state to build support for a more open and fair process.

    “The growth in grassroots support has been tremendous,” she said.

    The effort has some powerful allies, including House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

  • Winter settles in … commit to a new gardening year in 2018

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    While the winter slowdown has not yet happened, it does seem to be around the corner. Or is that just wishful thinking? At any rate, winter is a time to regroup and plan for another year at the farm. We always do some serious infrastructure planning to improve our management of pastured chickens and grazing sheep.

  • Shared goals for our children in 2018

    Tami Silverman

    Indiana Youth Institute

     

    Adults often make New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, quit smoking, learn a new skill and manage money better. But should kids also make resolutions?

    Studies show goal setting can build children’s resilience, confidence and motivation. Yet it’s important we understand how goal setting is different for children. With the right approach, building our children’s ability to set appropriate goals can put them on a path to long-term success.

  • Tax reform, a gift that keeps on giving?

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perrycountynews.com

     

    A real stocking stuffer, a lump of coal, or just a package of underwear? The opinions abound on the latest tax reform.

    The Holidays are upon us, and the nation’s top Elf on the Shelf heralded what is expected to be an “incredible Christmas gift for hard-working Americans.” That was the tone recently as President Donald Trump announced the House’s passage of the new tax bill, which he said will spur the creation of ‘jobs, jobs, jobs.”

  • High hopes for 2018

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Though these words take shape several days before Sunday night’s New Year’s Eve festivities, I find myself with feelings of anticipation and even tinges of excitement as 2018 nears. A new year is a chance at new beginnings and possibilities.  

  • Forcing us to think what we do not think

    Leo Morris

    Guest Columnist

     

    I’m stumped. I’ve been trying for days, ever since checking out the oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case now before the Supreme Court, to come up with an analogy that would make the issues involved easier to understand. But there isn’t one. How do you simplify something so glaringly obvious that even the most obtuse among us should be able to comprehend it?

  • Safe indoor plant pest controls

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron?  Are there little scabs on the underside of the leaves of your orchid? Maybe you have noticed your plants just look a little lack luster.

  • Memories of Dr. Gene Ress

    By Chuck Poehlein

     

    “Pillar of the Community” does not say enough about a man who devoted his entire life to helping others.

    You have to have had first-hand experience with the man to see his compassion, his understanding, the wisdom and insight that come only from long experience and to see his dedication tc community.

  • Make Silvesternacht part of your New Year’s tradition

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    All of us have traditions we follow throughout the year and our celebration of the last day of each year is one of them. New Year’s Eve traditions vary by individual and family.

    It’s a night out with family and friends for some. For others, it’s a nice dinner and a night at home playing cards or watching the ball drop far away in Times Square. Some folks don’t take notice and mark the new year fast asleep.