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Columns

  • COLUMN: Think drug-testing policy through

    By JIM ALEXANDER, Guest Columnist

    I am writing in response to the article (“School officials eye drug-testing program,” Dec. 20 issue) announcing that the school board may be considering a program to conduct drug testing on students who wish to drive to school or participate in extracurricular activities.

    The opinions expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Abbott Laboratories, or any other company, group or individual.

  • COLUMN: Simple goals for 2011

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    A new year has arrived and while 2011 is just days old, many of us are already struggling with what resolutions are worth keeping and which ones aren’t perhaps your resolutions are holding firm or maybe they have fallen apart already. A couple of mine certainly have.

    Here are a few goals I have for the new year. I certainly don’t hold them out as examples for everyone but, hey, if they offer a bit of inspiration, you’re welcome to them. Perhaps they will generate goals of your own.

  • COLUMN: ‘Black Swan,’ ‘Inception’ top Harris’ list of movie favorites

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    Eric Harris, who reviews films for The News, ranks last year’s offerings of dramas, comedies and science-fiction offerings. He will be back with occasional reviews in 2011.

    1. “Black Swan” – I loved nearly every aspect of this film. Darren Aronofsky has made a disturbing classic featuring the best female lead performance of the year from Natalie Portman.

  • COLUMN: Small steps can lead to health and wealth in 2011

    BRENDA HAGEDORN, Purdue Extension

    Just in time to rescue failed New Year’s resolutions to improve health and personal finances, the cooperative extension system is launching an online Small Steps to Health and Wealth Challenge called Winter 2011 SSHW Challenge.

  • Column: High hopes for the new year

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Though these words take shape on the Thursday before New Year’s, I find myself with feelings of anticipation and even tinges of excitement as 2011 nears.

    I’m reminded of how many things I’ve yet to do before the new year chimes in. I have a to-do list not quite as long as the one Santa tended to, but daunting nonetheless. I want to clear my desk of paper, put files strewn about for weeks in their proper places and dust shelves. I want to enter the new year at least halfway organized.

  • Indiana’s structural budget deficit

    LARRY DeBOER
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Does Indiana have a structural budget deficit? In one sense, Indiana doesn’t have a deficit at all. We interpret Article 10, Section 5 of our state constitution to mean that the state must have a balanced budget. State balances must be positive at the end of each fiscal year. This requirement is always met, one way or another.

  • How to spend the holidays

    Vince Luecke
    Editor

  • Social Security wraps up 75-year observance

    KEN CORDER
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    NEW ALBANY – Social Security is the nation’s most successful domestic program. It’s easy to look back at what a difference it has made over the past 75 years. And 2010, our diamond anniversary year, has been full of accomplishments.

  • COLUMN: Coming home to Perry County

    KAREN LYONS, Guest Columnist

    People here in Tell City seem surprised to learn that my husband and I left Newburgh to move back home to Tell City. I’d like to share how that came to be.

    After living most of our adult lives in the Newburgh area and raising two daughters there, my husband and I found ourselves empty-nesters. With a stressful job as the planning and transportation manager at Alcoa, it didn’t take long for my life to evolve into one of work and sleep.

  • COLUMN: Memories of Christmases past

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Nestled not in a snug bed but behind a desk as the wind swirled snow Sunday night, I found myself yearning for an old-fashioned Christmas. I’m not that old, so I can’t remember what it was like at Christmastimes long ago. I can remember my mom talking about years when she received a few clothes, candy, fruit and a small toy. I suppose back then Christmas was more about faith and certainly family. It’s still the same today, but sadly, less than it was in previous generations.