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Columns

  • Spiders in the garden, nothing to fear

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I’m not frightened by spiders; this doesn’t mean that I want them crawling on me. I enjoy seeing them in the garden this time of the year. They seem to be everywhere: between the chair and the umbrella, in the frame of the garage door, across the window frame in the office, and across the path through Daddy’s Japanese Garden.

  • When to stay out of the way

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s human nature to be curious when big news events occur, whether fires, wrecks, drug labs or storms like last week’s tornado.

    But sometimes, there are too many sightseers and police – especially when they just arrive on the scene – don’t have time to cordon off the scene or shoo away spectators. They have their jobs to do and by steering clear and not clogging roadways, the community can help things greatly.

  • Thomas’ article about fake is ... well, fake news

    JIM ADKINS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Jason Thomas’ article about fake news is fake news. Thomas’ contention that the public trust in the main stream media or MSM “is on the rise,” is as fake as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny (sorry kids). Thomas has cried foul over President Trump describing news outlets as “fake.” The trouble for Thomas is this: most Americans agree with the president.

  • On the idea of democracy

    BRETT SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    While it is true that our country is, first and foremost, a republic, it has always carried at its center the ideal and idea of democracy.

    But, as Paul Woodruff argues in his book, “First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea,” few Americans really understand the ideas that underlie its practice. Those ideas were first practiced, debated, and evolved more than 2,000 years ago in the city of Athens in Greece.

  • The beauty and ugliness of democracy displayed in Evansville

    JASON THOMAS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Democracy on display can be a beautiful thing.Fear-mongering, inciting the masses against fellow citizens just doing their job, can be equally as ugly.

    Both were on display in downtown Evansville on Thursday as Donald Trump brought his “Make America Great Again” tour to Indiana.

    Thursday’s atmosphere could be described as a tale of two worlds.

  • Illegal immigration: a proposal that addresses the problem

    STEVE OBERMEIER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The great majority of Americans believe that something must be done to address the issue of illegal immigration, especially given the huge number who are already here in the U.S .and an ongoing influx of even more.

  • Yummy Kieffer pears ripen off the tree

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Requests for Kieffer pears have been rolling in lately. We do not have volume, only a few here and there that we have planted in the last five years, or so. Most of the really good Kieffer pears are found on old farm sites that have been long vacant. The Kieffer pear is a remnant of a once thriving agricultural model that fed the whole family. Among the farm smörgåsbord was the small home orchard; and among the orchard the Kieffer pear still stands if nothing else does.

  • The lasting value of labor

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With the arrival of Labor Day, I wonder if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of work as there once was.

    I speak as a kid raised on a farm and someone raised on hard work and for whom labor has been a big part of my life.

  • New required training aimed at reducing high state teen suicide rates

    Tami Silverman

    Guest Columnist

     

    Our kids are going back to school and many of us are thinking about backpacks, school supplies and physicals.

    With bus schedules, class schedules and afterschool activities, our kids can easily get stressed about the beginning of a new school year. For some children, especially teens, this stress and anxiety exists at a dangerous level.

  • Crabgrass has long culinary history

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Summertime is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species.

    Does it sound daunting? Well, I wouldn’t look at it that way entirely; let’s just say it is a challenge to keep it under control.