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Columns

  • Etienne responds to rumors

    By RON ETIENNE, Guest Columnist

    During the recent past, I have learned that individuals in the community have taken it upon themselves to spread false and malicious rumors about me.

  • COLUMN: Giving thanks for blessings

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I watched a woman last Monday night, who I guessed to be in her 70s, sit down before a meal of two small hamburgers and fries. Before she dug into her supper, she offered a silent prayer and made the sign of the cross.

    Her simple gesture reminded me that we all too often forget to give thanks for what we enjoy every day, whether it’s our health, family, friends or the food that sustains us.

  • Suffering under drought

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    The past three months have been dry as a bone and while I hear that most farmers are harvesting decent-sized crops this fall, the combination of a lack of rain and hot temperatures has taken their toll.

    It’s a disappointing end to what had been until late July quite a good growing season. Corn crops planted early fared OK but soybeans that mature later in the summer were nipped by the lack of rain and worst hit perhaps are hayfields and pastures. Both have withered to the point that once-green fields are khaki.  

  • Weekend paintball war: Local cops 2, editor 0

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    A round of paintballing with some of Perry County generally peaceable police officers left me smarting last week. All I can say is that I received no justice.

    I began the day optimistic that I was going to hold my own in a few rounds of paintball with Tell City cops and state troopers. I sulked home that night with bruises to my legs, arms and shoulder. My battle wounds included a swollen testicle and while that may be too much information, the worst damage was done to my ego.

  • ‘Town’ has something for everyone

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    “The Town,” based on the very enjoyable novel “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan, is a film about Boston. More specifically, it’s about a part of Boston called Charlestown. Much like “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” the city itself is a character. Ben Affleck (who co-writes, directs, and stars) has done a fine job of incorporating the city into the film. I found his ability to place the viewer into a scene much more impressive, though.

  • Democracy relies on collective votes

    DICK HEDRICK, Guest Columnist

    As the November election approaches, citizens of this great nation of ours will once again have the opportunity to vote in the incumbents or “throw the scoundrels out.” While the U.S. may be the model for how a democratic republic successfully operates over time, the fact is that seldom do more than 50 percent of its eligible voters bother to exercise this civic responsibility.  

    In the freest and most fortunate country on the planet, why is this the case?  Why don’t more voters go to the polls?

  • Perry County is at a crossroads

    By JONATHAN SANDERS, Guest Columnist

    As we near the start of absentee voting for the November elections, we must evaluate where our local government has taken us and where we’d like to be. This is perhaps more critical to consider at the local level than at the national level because the effectiveness of local government impacts almost every aspect of our lives.

  • War on the waistline begins today

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    You won’t find me eating unhealthy foods any more … at least not until Christmas Eve. I’m on the diet wagon and I’m committed to ending the year in better shape than I’ve spent the past few years.  

  • ‘Machete’ started as fake preview

    “Machete” started as a joke, in a way. It was one of the fake movie previews from Quentin Tarintino and Robert Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse” double feature. Rodriguez claims he always thought of it as a feature, but the fact is the preview was made before the feature film, which is definitely odd. Either way, I am very glad that they ended up making a full movie out of the idea.

  • Nearly run over by Rin Tin Tin

    I’ve selfishly used this space before to chide drivers who don’t always display the best of practices or courtesy to their fellow motorists. A year or so ago I honked the horn at drivers who I saw using their turn signals as simply an option when making a left- or right-hand turn.