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Columns

  • Generation Gap: Dennis Howell

    DALTON SCHILLER
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    Editor’s Note: The Perry County News is publishing a series of interviews conducted by eighth-graders in Joyce Stath’s English class at Tell City Junior-Senior High School. The interviews are of people one or two generations older than students. Today’s column is by Dalton Schiller, who profiles his grandfather, Dennis Howell.

  • As grim as things seem, there is a fix for what ails Congress

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant, and sadly out of touch.

  • On Ukraine, the United States must pledge to do more

    Dan Coats
    United States Senate

    Four weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. Senate finally passed legislation Thursday to support Ukraine and condemn Russia’s aggression in Crimea. Regrettably, the past few weeks in Washington have been a series of conflicted priorities, hesitation and missed opportunities.

  • Justice system needs both sides represented in court

    Greg Zoeller
    Indiana Attorney General

    Several same-sex couples recently filed law-suits seeking to strike down Indiana’s traditional-marriage-definition law.

    As Indiana attorney general, I have been asked why my office is defending the statute in court when some AGs in other states are not defending their states’ traditional-marriage laws from similar lawsuits.

  • Young professionals group forming

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    Do you consider yourself a young – or a young-at-heart – man or woman interested in networking with others about your community? Are you looking for ways to get involved in local issues, carry out service projects and have fun in the process? Then a  currently forming group of young professionals is just for you.

  • COLUMN: Annexation will help Tell City grow, prosper

    MARLOW SMETHURST
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    I am the chairman of the Tell City Annexation Committee. I attended the annexation public hearing March 3. I did not speak at the meeting as I wanted any affected property owner to have time to speak.

    The annexation committee decided that it would be best for the city to have one large annexation instead of several smaller annexations. An annexation process is very expensive for a city or town to complete, so the committee decided to do one and save money.

  • Reliving the automotive age of days gone by

    Richard Hedrick
    By the Side
    of the Road

    During recent trips to St. Louis and Atlanta, I found myself ruminating about the changes that have taken place in the field of vehicular conveyance in the past 60 years or so.

    I usually try to catch a few winks on these long forays, but the corrugated strip running along the sides of today’s four lane highways provides an instant warning of any ill-advised trajectory.

    A half century ago, people behind the wheel would fall asleep and, if they were lucky, wake up in the hospital. 

  • Illegal dumping, litterbugs deserve public’s disgust

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    I found an empty fast-food bag lying alongside the county road leading to the farm a couple of weeks ago. I pulled over and picked it up. There was nothing inside but I’m sure the empty wrappers and the curly-fries container were lying nearby or further down the road.

    Other than the stray beer can, there isn’t much littering on the county road. I guess the litterbug traveling by was just too busy to find a trash can the next time he or she stopped for gas or made it home.

  • Tell City annexation and situational politics

    JACK JOYCE
    GUEST COLUMNIST

    What we have here is “situational politics,” a belief that the end justifies the means. For two or perhaps three decades, Tell City politicians have discussed the imperative of annexation but the dominant political party has never gained the political courage to actually vote for an annexation ordinance.

    There is basically one reason. The local rural electrification cooperative, currently known as Southern Indiana Power.

  • Senate continues its work

    Joe Donnelly
    U.S. Senate

    Fellow Hoosiers, I want to take a moment to give you an update on my Indiana-focused efforts in the U.S. Senate. In January, my office released a 2013 annual report that provides a look at my legislative efforts, an over-view of my work on behalf of Hoosiers, and a snapshot of my travels around Indiana in 2013.

    You can view the report on my website at www.donnelly.senate.gov. I’d like to fill you in on the progress we’ve made so far in 2014 on some of the priorities detailed in this report.