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Columns

  • COLUMN: Let’s focus on the economy

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center for Congress

    Recent economic news has been broadly reassuring. Retail sales are strong, November saw the best job gains in three years, the federal deficit is shrinking, the stock market is robust, and the Fed is expressing enough faith in the economy that an interest rate bump next year is considered a certainty.

    Yet the public remains unconvinced. This is partly because perceptions haven’t caught up to reality. For many middle- and lower-class families, economic circumstances have not changed very much.

  • COLUMN: Don’t miss Silvesternacht

    By VINCE LUECKE
    Editor

    Are you ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Look no further than downtown Tell City and the third annual Silvesternacht.

    This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration offers something for everyone in the family. Sponsored by the Perry County Quality of Life Committee, Silvesternacht has become a community celebration of New Year’s Eve. A list of activities appears in this edition.

  • Christmas: No time for public expression of faith?

    By Travis Weber
    guest columnist

    Around this time of the year, the “War on Christmas” and the “War on the War on Christmas” once again enter the public discourse, with each side claiming support from assorted statistics and anecdotes.

    Though there are certainly some who inexcusably exaggerate threats to public religious expression and others who claim there is no hostility to Christianity, we must ask the obvious: If there is no hostility to public religious expression, what has prompted fears that Christmas is being stamped out?

  • Scott’s ‘Exodus’ is problematic, but still enjoyable

    Eric Harris,
    film review

    There are three issues that need to be addressed immediately for “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” First, the “controversy” over the cast.

  • Winter interest in fruit and foliage

    Jeneen Wiche
    Weekend Gardener

    I don’t mind a gloomy day here or there. I actually find them somewhat restorative. Too many in a row, though, can be sort of depressing. So, when the winter sky moves in, I search out the plants in the landscape that have color.

    We all say we want winter interest but sometimes we forget about it once spring rolls around and we get excited about a new season.

    Have you selected things that will capture your eye in January?

  • Dogs add their own perspective to Christmas

    Phil Junker Outdoor Tales
    Dogs have always been an important part of our Christmas and holiday season. To the Junkers, they are family.

    The dogs at the Junker house have also played an important role as have the dogs at the homes of other family members. That includes: Duke, Ripley and Kyann.

    Our dogs have traveled with us to Christmas events, puppies have pulled ornaments from trees, they have had their own stocking, received gifts and disliked New Year’s fireworks.

  • Christmas Preparations

    By VINCE LUECKE

    Once upon a time I used to devise all sorts of ways to count down the days until Christmas. I was that eager to wrap up a semester of school and welcome Santa and his presents under the tree.

    The real longing began in church, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving, with the lighting of the first Advent candle at church.

    An evergreen wreath with four candles was placed in the front of the congregation and each week, another candle was lit, leading up to the weekend before Christmas.

  • Strengthen Indiana through education

    By Lloyd Arnold
    District 74 State Representative

    Teachers prepare students for the future and play a vital role in their lives. Think back to a time when you were in school; are there certain teachers that really stood out or made a lasting impression on your life?

    These teachers might have taught in a more exciting way or showed true passion for the job, which reflected in their instruction, and it is incredible the impact and difference one effective teacher can make in our lives.

  • COLUMN: Caleb Mills helped build the Indiana public school system

    By ANDREA NEAL
    Guest Columnist

    Andrea Neal is a teacher at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis and an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation. This is one in a series of essays leading up to the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial in December 2016.

    Indiana’s 1816 Constitution called for a statewide system of free public schools but it didn’t happen until the 1850s – after education reformers demanded it.

  • COLUMN: Once in Royal David’s city

    By ROBERT MORRISON
    Guest Columnist

    The ancient scriptures tell us the story of a census, a time for everyone to register with the government and enroll with the powers that ruled over them. A young carpenter took his wife to Bethlehem because that was the city of David, and the story tells us, that is where the Roman ruler required them to go so they could be taxed.