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Columns

  • ‘The Last Jedi’ didn’t ruin my childhood; it was just boring

    Eric Harris

    Movie Critic

     

    This is a review I never thought I would write. I watched a “Star Wars” movie, and I did not love it. In fact, I barely even liked “The Last Jedi.” Honestly, I have to keep telling myself I liked it.

    My hope is that future viewings will win me over and/or elements of “Episode IX” will complement themes and moments set up in this film. Before I continue, I cannot stress enough how much I wanted to like this movie. I have never felt this conflicted after watching a movie.

  • Asian lady beetles on the move

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Some years are worse than others: I remember years when it was like a siege of lady beetles, other years a few popped up here or there. Usually they sneak their way into our homes as a noticeable chill settles in. On sunny days, they cling to the screen door on the south side of where I write but I need not worry about them as they sun themselves. The ones that make it inside, however, meet my vacuum cleaner!

  • Struggling with springerles

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    editor@perry countynews.com

    Although I have the physique of a healthy eater, I’m no baker and the only cookies I’ve made as of late have come from two cubes of dough purchased from my school-age nieces and nephews. The cookies were OK but nowhere near as good as Mom’s made-from-scratch treats.

    As Christmas rolls around each year, it’s not visions of sugar plums that dance in my head, but springerles, buckeyes, bonbons and iced butter cookies.

  • Where’s the Hoosier beef? Grass-fed vs. grain-fed

    State Rep. Ron Bacon

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s Note: Perry County is home to a number of producers who produce grass-fed beef as well as consumers who enjoy it.

     

    Indiana’s agriculture industry helps fuel the state’s economy and touches the life of every Hoosier. A major component of that industry includes the production of beef. Our state has around 870,000 head of cattle, more than 190,000 of which are beef cows.

  • The trees we love

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

  • The world is gaining on the American model

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    Data offers a perspective that some American fundamentals are being better applied in other countries. Don’t shoot the messenger. Because some will say, figures lie and liars figure, as the old adage goes, and that’s a concept not lost here.

  • Real opioid challenges remain

    MICHAEL HICKS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The Thanksgiving,  Christmas and New Year’s holidays are a time of family gatherings, shared memories, joyful reunions and hopeful talk about the future. However, in too many households, talk of addiction and lament over wrecked lives will intrude upon the abundance of a holiday table.

    This should occasion serious thinking about the challenges of drug use, especially opioid addiction today.

  • Welcome, St. Nick

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I haven’t yet decided which old shoe I am going to put out for St. Nicholas’ visit Tuesday night. With any luck, I will find a few pieces of chocolate tucked inside Wednesday morning, the start of St. Nicholas Day

    Last year I put the shoe outside my Tell City office and enjoyed several chocolate bars and assorted sweets.

  • Small steps will save big money

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Taking care of your lawn and garden equipment can make the difference between having stuff that works and stuff that doesn’t. After you are finished preparing your plants for winter, don’t forget about your equipment and garden ornaments.

    In most of our gardens, we have more than plants. Birdbaths, decorative planters, terracotta pots, lawn furniture and hoses need the same consideration we give our plants. All of these items can be damaged during the winter if not stored properly.

  • DNR seeks to preserve, promote state’s forests

    Cameron Clark

    Guest Columnist

     

    If you followed media coverage of the sale at Yellowwood State Forest, you might be surprised to read that headline. The veteran foresters of the Department of Natural Resources planned and carried out the recent sale to harvest select trees from 299 acres of that forest’s back country.