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Columns

  • New Indiana laws that help our kids

    Tami Silverman

    Guest Columnist

     

    While this summer’s lane closures and orange barrels are a visual reminder that Indiana adopted a landmark road funding bill in the recent legislative session, it’s also worth noting that state lawmakers passed a host of new bills that pave the way for stronger and safer Hoosier kids.

  • Brambles and viruses

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    We gave up on the raspberries a couple of years ago, they fruit was so perishable and the plants lacked vigor. We would cut the Royalty raspberries all the way to the ground each year and forgo an early crop to manage disease but it didn’t seem to pay off.

    It was never a total loss, but about half the canes would be dried up and diseased by now. 

  • Fair representation for all

    This editorial first appeared in the Kokomo Tribute.

     

    Of all the forces shaping our politics today, gerrymandering stands alone as the least discussed and most consequential one.

    Gerrymandering is defined by Merriam-Webster as: “To divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible.”

  • The lessons of independence

    U.S. Rep. Luke Messer

    Guest Columnist

     

    For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to gather with family and friends, cook out and enjoy fireworks – all great things to do.  But, too often, we fail to reflect on the underlying historic events that are the reason for our celebration; which is too bad because July 4, 1776, was a day for the ages!

  • Stories I’d like to write

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Sometimes I get asked about the stories I’d like to write if time wasn’t an issue. I usually click off a few ideas on hoped-for features. If I had all the time in the world, what topics would I like to write about? My list might surprise you.

    It has grown longer and over the years some story goals have been added and others removed. For example, I had the chance to go carp bowhunting a few years ago, allowing me to check off that goal.

  • Marijuana reform needed

    Karen Tallian

    State Senator

     

    I was dismayed by the recent inflammatory op-ed from Indiana’s new Attorney General regarding marijuana reform laws. His portrait of “money-hungry profiteers …with dollar signs in their eyes” lining up at the doors of the Indiana legislature sounds like a firebrand sermon preaching hell-fire and brimstone.

  • Stand firm against push to legalize pot

    Curtis Hill

    Indiana Attorney General

     

    During the lull between legislative sessions, the marijuana lobby is preparing its next big push to legalize pot in Indiana.

    These activists want you to believe their end goal is inevitable. The only question in their minds is how long they must wait for the rest of us backward Hoosiers (as they see us) to embrace their agenda.

  • Syringe program saves lives

    Dr. Jerome Adams

    Indiana Dept. of Health

     

    Since 2015, 219 people in rural Scott County have been diagnosed with HIV, and nearly 95 percent of those individuals are co-infected with hepatitis C.

    These are staggering statistics that represent 219 lives and a community that are forever changed. Yet the toll would be much worse if not for the syringe service program , or syringe exchange, that has provided testing and connections to treatment and medical care.

  • Purdue’s insect columnist bids fond farewell

    Tom Turpin

    Purdue University

     

    Saying goodbye is a difficult thing to do. It doesn’t matter if that goodbye is to an old friend, a house we have lived in for some time, or activities that have been part and parcel of our lives.

    So today, it is with some sadness and a bit of a lump in my throat that I must say goodbye to the readers of “On 6 Legs.”

    In a couple of weeks, I am retiring from Purdue, and this is my last column.

  • The Facebook experience

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I use Facebook in a lot of ways. It keeps me in contact with friends, helps me learn about news events I might not otherwise know about and connects me with people who have news stories and feature story ideas. Separately, from a business point of view, it helps me promote my brewery and connects me with customers.