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Columns

  • Those who know Congress are shaking their heads

    Lee Hamilton

    Guest Columnist

     

    I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly, it turned out that the same question was troubling all of us: Why is it held in such low public esteem?

  • Bicentennial preparations

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s time to start giving serious thought to how you will mark Indiana’s bicentennial this year. A lot of activities are already planned locally and more will take shape in coming weeks. There are also ways you can get involved right now in your flower garden and along sidewalks.

  • When is enough, enough?

    JOE MEYER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The city’s annexation of 1,776 acres and 157 homes is going on its third year. Since that time, we, the remonstrators, have obtained enough signatures to fight this.

    Many of these signatures were kicked out for ridiculous reasons. No middle initial, putting in a middle initial, abbreviating William to Wm., which the judge did with his signature on court documents. We have court cases, which are included at the end of this letter, proving our signatures are acceptable.

  • What’s in your backyard stream?

    Len Kring

    Fisheries Biologist

     

    Most people who fish and enjoy our local aquatic resources are familiar with fish species such as bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass and black crappie.  Now, what if I said we have fantail darters, southern redbelly dace, pirate perch or creek chubsuckers? 

  • Plant propagation: It’s not as hard as you think

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing, which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant. Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants, but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case, we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant. 

  • Indiana’s VP legacy

    ANDREA NEAL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    For nearly a century, Indiana has been known as the “Mother of Vice Presidents.” From 1868 to 1916, 10 vice presidential nominees hailed from Indiana.

  • Perfect planting with “Tomato 101”

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Tomato 101 is for beginners and advanced gardeners alike. There are many assumptions about the tomato that get passed on by the most well-meaning aficionado.  I take my tomatoes seriously and have developed a routine to hedge my bets for a healthy summer harvest.

  • Supporting Hoosier farmers

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Representative

     

    This session, the Indiana General Assembly aimed to further strengthen our agriculture industry and provide relief to farmers across the state. The farming sector plays a vital role in our economy and I am pleased that we were able to continue to support family farms in Indiana.

  • Fried morels spring cuisine treat

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    The period for finding morel mushrooms is far too short.

    Usually in this area, morels can be found in late April and early May, so that is when the eating is good. And while they can be saved for later eating, they are best when eaten when they are freshly picked and cooked.

    A couple seasons past, my brother-in-law Paul Cooper stopped by and announced he brought a surprise. It was a good one. Morel mushrooms.

  • Bonfire ambitions

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    As  I wrote a few years ago, my friends accused me of borderline paganism when I spent a Saturday night drinking around a bonfire for Walpurgis Night, or Walpurgisnacht in German. It was a fun night back in 2011. I drank plenty of beer and cheered the arrival of May 1. I then crawled into a tent and slept until noon the next day.