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Columns

  • State superintendent of public instruction addresses ISTEP concerns

    Glenda Ritz

    Superintendent ofPublic Instruction

     

    As you know, 2015 ISTEP results were recently released. The Spring 2015 version of ISTEP measured student progress on the new college and career ready Indiana Academic Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. These standards, which were first taught during the 2014-15 school year, represent higher-level thinking skills. The results of the new ISTEP test reflect an increase in expectations regarding students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • Duck tape - the wonder tool

    Phil Junker

    Outdoor Tales

     

    First, being upfront, I wish I owned stock in the company or companies that manufacture and sell duck tape (or is it duct tape?). However, I don’t.

    Like many folks, I use duck tape for many things, and others use if for many purposes most people would never think of. There are even websites touting the varied uses. Some are very practical. Some are just plain crazy.

  • Tackle meth demand first

    MICHAEL HICKS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Indiana’s current policy debate about methamphetamine restrictions offers a window into the myriad failures of our War on Drugs and the shallow thinking accompanies almost all our fixes. It is probably best to begin with a description of the problem.

  • Fighting the winter blahs

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Winter has left me sleepy. Maybe the lack of sunlight is to blame for my missing energy. Or perhaps it’s simply a bout of mild depression after the holidays or the cold that makes me want to stay under the covers some mornings.

    I’m not like this the rest of the year. I could fault old age or what seems to be a sense of constant exhaustion. But I blame winter.

  • As winter settles in, its either a warm fire or smoky chimney

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The fire season has finally started – in the fireplace, that is. Early winter was so mild I wasn’t sure if we would be in need of some extra warmth. Last week’s frigid temperatures changed all that and we have the wood stacked and sorted for easy access as we lay a fire for the evening.

    However, not all wood is created equal if you plan to use it for warmth in the fireplace.

  • Blue Collar bargain - A victim of bad policy

    DONDALD NEWELL

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    I fully expected to write an article about the Paris Agreement on controlling greenhouse gas emissions to reduce climate change. I didn’t, not because there was no agreement (there was, for any of you that missed the participants’ self-congratulatory press releases), but rather because it was meaningless. It contains no binding commitments, no agreement on verification or enforcement, and no penalties for non-compliance.

  • 2016 legislative priorities

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Indiana House District 74

     

    As a new year begins so does a new legislative session. In 2016, we will tackle many issues and challenges to keep Indiana growing and on the right track.

  • Preserve, pass on your family traditions

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    My visit over the weekend of Jan. 2-3 to the Tempel farm just outside of Dale brought back plenty of memories from childhood. More than 50 members of that family gathered to butcher hogs. The Journal-Democrat published a story and photos in last week’s issue.

  • Get ‘outta’ my yard

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    We have three minpins that are so high strung that they make Barney Fife seem as mellow as Perry Como. This pack of dogs bark when the leaves rustle, and are very territorial. Nothing misses their watchful eyes. They live in our large back yard and thrive there.

    The other night at about 3 a.m., the pins began barking; all three of them at once. Nothing new there, but the timbre of their bark was different; lower and more ominous.

  • District 74’s Arnold: I want to hear from you!

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    House District 74

     

    Happy New Year! It is 2016 and with a new year comes a fresh start and great anticipation for the months ahead. I hope everyone had a relaxing and memorable holiday season. I enjoyed the quality time with my friends and family on Christmas and the week following.