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Columns

  • COLUMN: State education system needs reform

    MARCIA DAUBY, Guest Columnist

    After reading a recent opinion piece in the paper, I felt compelled to offer another view. I am very excited and hopeful teachers will be held accountable and their performance “graded.”

    Any teacher can show up at school at 6:45 a.m. My question is do these teachers let parents know they are there at that time? The answer is no.

  • COLUMN: Nature and nighttime intruders

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    Looking back, it wasn’t that close of a call, though the nighttime encounter could have been disastrous.

    Returning home Thursday night, I found an intruder on the sidewalk leading from the garage to my house.

  • COLUMN: County works to extend help to poor, blind

    Chuck Poehlein penned this column on the care given to the poor and sick by the county during the first decades of its founding. The first installment appeared in last Thursday’s edition and shared information on the county’s poor farms, working agricultural enterprises that offered work to the county’s poor in return for room and board. Today’s final installment reports on the roles families held in helping poor relatives.

  • COLUMN: And the Oscar nominees are ...

    ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    The Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 27, and I figured I would weigh in on the nominees. The last two years I’ve focused on the Best Picture nominees primarily and only mentioned other categories in passing. This year I want to focus on all of the major categories and give my pick for the category as well as my prediction for who will actually win.
    Best Picture

  • Rescued by county welfare system

    CHUCK POEHLEIN, GUEST COLUMNIST
    Editor’s Note: Chuck Poehlein provided this response to his Feb. 10 column on county efforts early in its history to help residents who were poor and could not care for themselves. The second part of Poehlein’s column from last week, intended for this issue, will appear, because of a lack of space, in Thursday’s edition.

  • Hot water underappreciated

    It’s a constant human fault to take for granted the things we enjoy every day. Abundant food, good roads, public safety. Throw in hot water.

    My water heater died last week. Actually it was a slow death and as I pen these words I’m not yet sure if the seldom thought-about appliance had truly died or was in some sort of mechanical coma capable of being revived. All I knew Friday morning was that I had no hot water.

  • COLUMN: Hopkins couldn’t save 'The Rite'

    By ERIC HARRIS, Film Review

    Movies about exorcisms always arouse a bit of interest with their claims of being “based on a true story.” Hopefully, the majority of today’s audience realizes that the “true story” gimmick is just that: a gimmick. That doesn’t mean an exorcism film can’t be effective, though. Unfortunately, an exorcism movie, like “The Rite,” can be ineffective, boring and pointless.

  • COLUMN: Teachers’s role is helping each student reach their potential

    By WENDY ALVEY, Guest Columnist

    I’ve never written a letter to the editor, but I feel compelled to share my thoughts on the discussion at hand regarding matching teacher pay to student test scores.

    If the teacher is doing his or her job, then it should follow that the student should learn. My husband is a teacher and he arrives, along with several other teachers, at school no later than 6:45 a.m. each school day. He is available from that time until the start of the school day at 8 a.m. to tutor and provide remediation to any student in need.

  • COLUMN: Longing for spring’s arrival

    By VINCE LUECKE, Editor

    I’ve not always been a big hater of winter, but I’ve already had enough of snow and cold for one season and I know I’m not alone in wishing for spring’s speedy arrival.

  • COLUMN: Farmers face property-tax hikes

    By LARRY DeBOER, Guest Columnist

    My colleagues in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue tell me that this is a good time to be a farmer. Corn and bean prices are high, incomes are up and land values are rising.

    But into every life a little rain must fall, and every silver lining has a cloud. The very factors that are raising farm income will eventually increase farm property taxes.