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Columns

  • ‘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.

  • Imagine a world with paid sick days

    LINDA MERIC, Guest Columnist

    There are many areas of life in this country where it appears that we live in two worlds. And that’s no different when we consider paid sick days. In the first world, if you’re sick, you stay home from work, take care of yourself and have the time to get better.

    In the second world, if you’re sick, you go to work anyway. In the second world, you go to work even when your child is sick. You know that if you stay home, you’ll lose pay – or maybe even your job.

  • Tips for safe egg handling

    BRENDA HAGEDORN, Purdue Extension

    Eggs have been in the headlines a lot recently. According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, cases of salmonella enteritidis infections have increased fourfold since May. It appears that shell eggs are the likely source of the infections.

  • Let’s put Hoosiers back to work

    Russ Stilwell, District 74 State Representative

    In January 2005, when Mitch Daniels became governor, Indiana’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. That translated to 176,510 Hoosiers out of work.


    In July 2010, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported that our state’s unemployment rate was 10.2 percent. That means 319,406 Hoosiers now are out of work.

  • My beloved sycamore

    By Louise Hagedorn Mattingly, Guest Columnist

    When I think about growing up on the farm in Perry County, many happy thoughts come to mind. Many things were learned from both parents. My mother was a teacher, my father, a farmer. I learned at an early age the desire for learning and the love of nature. These are wonderful gifts.


    My father would announce the return of birds in the spring and flowering plants and trees. “If you enjoy nature, you will never be lonely,” he taught me.