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Columns

  • Amid the dark shadows, Christmas shines brightly

    SAMUEL PADGETT

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    My family has made it a tradition to watch the film “the Nativity Story” every year before Christmas. This movie, which was released in 2006 by New Line Cinema, attempts to tell the story surrounding the birth of Jesus.

  • Never stop learning

    Eric Harris

    Guest Columnist

     

    This is the third of three articles about my decision to quit teaching. Part one was mainly about my reasons regarding the opinions of educators and state policy regarding education. Part two was about my decision to go from teaching to factory work. Part three is about my experience at Cannelton and general thoughts on teaching practices. I’ll try my best (and fail) to keep these articles focused.

  • Memories of Christmases past

    Editor’s note: This column originally ran in the Dec. 20, 2010 issue.

  • Why not the Donald?

     

    FRANK SANDAGE

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    If you like presidential politics, this is the year for it. If you have waited until now, it may be to late.

    Last July, the media was promoting Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush as the final match for the presidential election next fall.           

  • Boxcar confession: We wuz robbed

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Column

     

    My wife and I took a journey back in time a few weeks ago. The escape mechanism wasn’t a DeLorean DMC-12, but rather a train, the French Lick Scenic Railway to be precise. It was an old train, though of what vintage I am unable to say, lets just be satisfied that it was mature.

  • Is Congress OK with being weak?

    Lee H. Hamilton

    Center on Congress

     

    Not many people outside of Capitol Hill paid attention last month when the congressional leadership released next year’s legislative schedule. Its headline feature is a strikingly long summer recess: half of July and all of August, along with a few spotty weeks of work before the November election. In all, the House will be in session for less than one-third of the year, and the Senate only a bit longer.

  • No more summers off

    ERIC HARRIS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    This is the second of three columns about my decision to quit teaching. Part one was mainly about my reasons regarding the opinions of educators and state policy regarding education. Part two is about my decision to go from teaching to factory work.

    Part three will be about my experience at Cannelton and general thoughts on teaching practices. I’ll try my best and fail to keep these articles focused.

  • African violets offer long-lasting winter bloom

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I have always managed to do well with African violets. I generally keep them in bloom year round. Many complain that after the first flush of blooms fades, the only thing left is a year’s worth of fuzzy foliage.

    Well, with a little attention you can keep your African violet cycling in and out of bloom all year. The key is to create a favorable growing environment.

  • Remembering canine Cito

    STEVE BRUCKEN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    First, I want to say congratulations to officer Shadwick on becoming TCPD’s K-9 handler. He is about to enter a stage of his career that will take him to a different and exciting phase of law enforcement.

  • Renegades ... till the shooting starts

    DON EPPLE

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    For my folks, raising nine kids on the farm was an uninterrupted joust with poverty, leaving more bills to pay than hogs to sell. While I never heard Dad brag on pork prices, hogs would mature and be of some value, however paltry.

    In the spring when pigs were weaned, they were moved to a partially wooded lot to be “fattened out” and contained by an electric fence … of sorts.