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Columns

  • A thumb’s-up experience

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s Note: This column was first published in 2003.

     

    A man named Bill climbed into my car a couple of Saturdays ago. He was about 30, tall and lanky, carried a backpack and sported a short beard. Bill was hitchhiking, thumbing his way from Bloomington to English. I happened to be moving in the same direction.

  • A game of life in ‘Spoons’

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    “You’ve got to keep one eye on your hand and the other on the table,” the voice across from me said. Pretty simple strategy, in theory, when trying to win at a game of Spoons, that is until you actually try to do it. A  novice to the game, yet desperately not wanting to finish last, the sage advice proved to be more difficult than advertised, especially as light-hearted conversations and jokes added another key element of distraction.

  • Trees grown from seed need to mimic nature

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

               

    Some plants are prolific; some are not. Dandelion seed floats through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer; hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk; and you can just walk past some hairy cress and millions of seed burst forth from the draft! 

  • Veterans Day, beyond the service

    Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr

    Adjunct General of Indiana

     

    Millions of veterans have served in America’s wars, including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Thousands of active and reserve troops currently serve in war on terrorism, and many more have served during times of peace and in non-combat roles all over the world. Their service and sacrifice is fundamental to securing the freedoms we all enjoy.

  • Hill, Bosma saga a moral knot the GOP needs to untangle

    LEO MORRIS

    Indiana Policy Review

     

    This is a quiet, unassuming little state, isn’t it? While scandals from Washington bubble and froth in the social media septic tank, accusations of sexual malpractice against two of the most powerful Indiana GOP politicians drip like slow leaks too inconsequential to bother with.

  • Trees from seed ... a need to mimic nature

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Some plants are prolific; others are not. Dandelion seed floats through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer; hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk; and you can just walk past some hairy cress and millions of seed burst forth from the draft. 

  • Foundation profiles examples of endowed community gifts

    This is one of an occasional series of stories on funds established through the Perry County Community Foundation.

     

    After 27 years in elementary education, most teachers would be thumbing the pages of travel brochures planning an enjoyable retirement. Donna Fenn held a different view of life after work and it involved her lifelong passion of developing literacy skills for young children.

  • Election Day sentiments

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’m a creature of habit and tradition. I appreciate that certain things happen each year and working here for 20-plus years has given me a list of annual event that mark the passage of time. Election Day is one of those days.

  • For best yard results, rake: Fall leaves ideal for mulch and compost

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Leaf raking is an autumn chore that only children enjoy because they get to undo it in one fowl swoop! We rake and pile; and they jump. I propose a new approach that just may make us all happy: adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. At the farm, raking leaves is passé; we let them stay where they fall (with reason, of course) which is usually beneath their canopy.

  • It’s time to give thanks now

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Jack-o’-lanterns on porch steps, cardboard tombstones sprouting from lawns like toadstools and far too many homes wrapped in fake cobwebs can point to only one thing: Halloween is nearly here.

    I’ll welcome nieces, nephews and maybe a few neighborhood kids to my door for treats Wednesday night, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s Thanksgiving – not Halloween – that most deserves a slot on late October’s calendar.