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Today's Opinions

  • Powdery mildew in the garden

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Powdery mildew is probably the most common garden fungus around. It is not too terribly picky about where it spreads, it likes humid weather, thrives in the heat of the summer and is hard to control once it has started. The trick here is to prevent it from happening by proper plant selection, spacing, pruning and treatment before it spreads.

  • Hay loft memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    This column first appeared in 1998.

     

    Some people know they’re getting older and out of shape when they can’t hit the golf ball as far or as straight as they once did, or when once-comfortable pants no longer fit with as much ease.

    For me, the realization of my age and less-than-ideal physical condition comes with knowing I’m too out of shape to do some farm chores, including picking up hay.

  • Balanced life found in a farmers market

    Year after year, we continue to see growing enthusiasm for out local farmers markets. That’s evident in the number of vendors providing goods, as well as the crowds ready to basket some of the harvest.

    Enough thanks can’t be expressed to all those who have taken time to provide goods, as well as to the shoppers who have helped make the markets a continued success.

  • Treat drug abuse as medical issue, not crime

    John Pickerill

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    We see it in the news constantly: The drug abuse epidemic. Sometimes it’s heroin. Sometimes it’s methamphetamine. Sometimes it’s prescription-drug abuse.

    The results seem to be the same, though. Those addicted tend to neglect their job, their family and themselves. Emergency rooms and emergency medical responders are seeing more and more of these people overdose.

  • Insignificant stories steal more and more attention

    Jake Bethel

    Feature Writer

    Lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    Trivial turmoil fills more of our nightly newscasts and Facebook news feeds all the time, slowly becoming the main content of each medium.

    One example is Kathy Griffin’s recently posted video to social media in which she held a bloodied mask of President Donald Trump, apparently simulating his severed head.

  • Rome’s Dogwood day great

    The 2017 Dogwood Festival at Rome was a wonderful success. We have so many people to thank for helping us with this day. The Perry County News helps advertise the event and always shows us at our best. 

    John Guillaume and Sweetwater entertained the crowd with their music. Noble’s IGA works with us on the food. So many thanks to the people who come each year to eat and enjoy the day. 

  • Politicians must be civil in dealing with media

    When Richard Nixon was president, he kept an “enemies list” that included more than 50 media members (Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana, actress Carol Channing and New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath were among many others on that eclectic list).

  • Summers are too fleeting

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I sorely miss the summers of my teens and 20s. The older I get, the more I want them back.

    A long time ago, when my summers arrived without jobs, mortgages or other real-world responsibilities, the summer months seemed to be heaven-sent. There were, admittedly, farm chores to shoulder, hay to haul and a lawn to mow, but those were minor interruptions in what seemed to be an endless string of carefree days and weeks.