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Columns

  • Don’t miss out online

     

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’m occasionally asked about the Perry County News’ website, which thousands of people visit every week for news, sports, features and opinion pieces, perhaps even, from time to time, this column.

  • Remembering Buddy

    By Dr. Mary Posner
    Guest Columnist

    Buddy Posner, a small dog with a big heart, passed away Jan. 9, 2014. During his brief life of 10 years, he went to my therapy office in Rockport almost every day.  Although he had no formal training as a therapy dog, he intuitively knew when clients needed some extra comfort or just a furry body to pet during times of stress.

  • Nation’s efforts against poverty must not be abandoned

    Larry Kleeman
    Guest Columnist

    Fifty years ago, on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson used his State of the Union address to call on our nation to launch an “unconditional war on poverty,” a national commitment resulting in programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Pell grants, expansions to Social Security and nutrition assistance.

    Some policy makers will claim that we launched this war, and poverty won, as our nation today struggles with 46.5 million people under the federal poverty line, about $23,500 for a family of four.

  • Cheers for St. Blaise

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perrycountynews.com

    Today is the feast of St. Blaise and I suspect many Perry Countians had their throats blessed at church this past weekend. I planned to attend church so hopefully I was among the faithful lining up to have a pair of candles placed under my double chin while a priest offered a simple prayer.

  • Sen. Young: Propane shortage demands action

    Richard Young
    District 47
    State Senator

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, more than 7 percent of Indiana households use liquefied petroleum gases, LPG or propane, to heat their home. In southern Indiana, the vast majority of homes and businesses use propane, especially in rural areas.

    This winter has been exceptionally cold, highlighting the importance of keeping the flow of propane uninterrupted.

  • Generation gap: Gene Lyons

    WHITAKER LYONS
    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 Whitaker Lyons, who profiles her grandfather, Gene Lyons.

  • Staring at old(er) age

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perry countynews.com

    I was able to put food in my mouth and drive myself around but anyone paying close attention to me last week may have diagnosed me with some neurological disease. Or perhaps judged me a bit tipsy.

    I climbed and descended stairs with trepidation, misjudged distances slightly when opening doors and stared at my computer screen and the newspaper with my head tilted at odd angles.

    Blame the bifocals I began wearing Monday.

  • The story of John Franklin Brown

    By Molly Hall
    Guest Columnist

    John Franklin Brown was born Dec. 3, 1858,  in Perry County. He was born to Andrew Jackson Brown, a native of Rhode Island, and his wife, Anna Elizabeth Farris, whose grandparents, John and Anna Farris, came to Perry County when Indiana was still a territory.

  • The rule of law is too-often underappreciated

    Greg Zoeller
    Indiana Attorney General

    made famous in the series of “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, established some rules in order to avoid the heightened opportunity for chaos among 18th century pirates.

    In some respects all laws are established by societies to bring about some level of certainty in an otherwise uncertain world.

    The United States is preeminent in our adherence to the rule of law, where everyone is given equal protection under law and no one is above the law.

  • The outdoors beckons

    Vince Luecke
    Editor
    editor@perry countynews.com

    I found myself mighty jealous a couple of weeks ago.
    En route to work one morning, I saw a group of kids scaling a snow-covered hillside, sleds in hand.

    I haven’t been on a sled in 20 years and I longed to park my car, grab my camera and join them for a ride. But I didn’t. I just didn’t have the time and once again work trumped fun.