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Today's Opinions

  • Learning about bees

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Want to learn more about bees? Not the birds and the bees, but real bees, the kind that pollinate our crops and produce the honey we love to slather on bread and other  tasty edibles.

    Purdue Extension Perry County and the Perry County Beekeepers organization are holding a beekeeping workshop Tuesday, May 26. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a hive-opening demonstration near Bandon.

  • Our View: Let’s get safer routes so more can ride bicycles to work

    This Thursday, May 14, is National Ride Your Bicycle to Work Day. We know several people who work in Tell City who occasionally ride their bikes to work, including three who work at the Perry County News – with one of them living more than six miles from the office.

    The advantages of riding a bicycle to work instead of driving include getting more exercise, saving money on gasoline, reducing wear and tear on cars – for which short trips are hardest, and reducing pollution.

  • A poem for Mother’s Day

    Editor’s note: Mary Sommer, who is the News’ Gerald correspondent, provided this poem to mark Sunday’s observance of Mother’s Day. The poem was written in 1932 by her mother, Allie Glodeane Thomas.

    She was born in Hancock County, Ky., in 1909, and started writing poetry while she was still in school. When she was 14 years old, her family moved to southern Indiana. She married there, and with her husband, Urban, worked and raised five sons and a daughter. Thomas died in 2004.

     

    ‘TWAS YOU, MOTHER

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 days to reach maturity

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Once again, we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May, and by early November, we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods.

    Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive. We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetable.

  • Flying with the Thunderbird

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

    reporter@spencer countyjournal.com

     

    “Poyekhali” is probably not something you’d expect to run through your mind at 6 a.m., unless you had just pulled an all-nighter cramming for a Cold War history test.

  • Plan to help ‘stamp’ out hunger Saturday

    This Saturday, the National Association of Letter Carriers and partnering organizations will sponsor the 23rd-annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

    We’re proud that in Perry County, the Tell City post office will again be among offices in more than 10,000 U.S. cities taking part.

    This means our city and rural letter carriers will not only deliver our U.S. mail and packages Saturday, but they will also pick up donations of nonperishable goods we’ve (hopefully) left at our mailboxes.

  • A few hits and many misses in Legislature

    With the adjournment of the 2015 Indiana General Assembly, elected officials from around the state, including our own representative and senator, will soon release their “legislative summaries.”

    I have followed the legislature very closely this spring. The following is my critique of their work.

  • Transparency needed when it comes to student loans

    U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly

    Guest Columnist

     

    A college education is important for many Hoosiers to secure good-paying jobs in today’s competitive economy.  Student loans help enable thousands of Hoosiers access to a quality college education that would otherwise be out of reach.

    Nearly one million Indiana students have federal student loans, and according to the Institute for College Access and Success, Hoosiers in the Class of 2013 graduated with an average of $28,466 in debt.