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Columns

  • As fall nears, consider benefits of ‘green manure’

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand, and hoe. I started using cover crops about eight years ago and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness. 

  • Action needed to curb growing national debt

    Sen. Dan Coats

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Over the summer, I was cleaning out some old documents, and I came across a press release from 1982, when I was a Member of the House for the 4th District of Indiana.

    Thirty-four years ago, I wrote about how we need to balance the federal budget, and how that cannot be done without slowing the growth of mandatory spending. I was alarmed at the rate of growth in mandatory programs and how Washington’s autopilot-spending had allowed Medicare to grow to the point where it reached $46 billion.

  • Spotlighting enviro issues

    Maureen Hayden

    Guest Column

     

    When three candidates for governor agreed to a trio of debates, all signed onto a list of issues to be discussed. Education, jobs and the economy will take center stage, along with health, social matters and “other issues as warranted.

    Jesse Kharbanda hopes that last category includes the environment.

  • Improving Hoosier education will take bold moves

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist

     

    When a new school year kicks off, you can count on two things: back-to-school sales and people (especially politicians) pretending to care about education. Both things are finished by September.

  • Labor Day has passed, but summer still here

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    As youngsters, it seemed time crawled. It seem-ed like the clock was in slow motion as kids awaited Christmas, for school to be out or a scheduled birthday party.

    Now, after the years have pilled up, one on top of another, decade on top of decade, it seems the clock is spinning to set a new land speed record.

    Time races by. It seems like we should just be planting flowers and tomato plants, not digging them up with the arrival of fall and the end of the growing season.

  • Moss needs consistent moisture and shade

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Moss no longer carries the stigma of being an undesirable plant. Some still refer to it as a problem but largely, folks are accepting of this somewhat opportunistic plant.

    Moss like it shady and moist and we don’t always have the moisture to maintain a nice lush garden of it. This year is certainly the exception.

  • The value of work

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With the arrival of Labor Day, I wonder if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of work as there once was.

    I speak as someone raised on hard work and for whom labor is a big part of my life.

  • Where were you that day?

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Rep. District 74

     

    Sitting in a classroom? Starting the work day at a factory, school, farm or business? On the morning commute to work? Each of us have a distinct memory of that September morning 15 years ago. That vivid memory creeps into our minds each year around this time.

    Our lives were forever changed and it’s important we remember what America lost on Sept. 11, 2001. We can also learn lessons about service, sacrifice and faith, which stay with us for years to come.

  • Kelcie Davis and faith in recovery

     

     

     

    By Kevin Davis

    Guest Columnist

     

    June 17, 2015, started much like any other Wednesday. I awoke early and went to St. Isidore Church where I met with the other members of our prayer group. While awaiting their arrival, I stood outside the church and marveled at the morning sky and the promise of the day to come. Like most of my days off from my job, my mind focused on the many tasks that lay ahead of me that day. Little did I know of the events that would transpire later that afternoon.

  • Faith and community

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s good to see Perry County’s churches working together and supporting one another There were two good examples of that recently.