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Columns

  • Indiana holds economic data close to the vest

    Ken Davidson

    Guest Columnist

     

    Over the course of the past three years, obtaining information on Tax Increment Financing districts has been made difficult and in some ways impossible.

    In 2016, shortly after articles appeared in the quarterly Indiana Policy Review, the Holcomb Administration stopped publishing data related to local economic development agencies. Previously, residents could go to the web site of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance and view the required annual reports.

  • Holiday greenery rich in symbolism

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today. Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

  • What if Santa was looking?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s a good thing Santa generally makes his visits at night. A lot of us would be in trouble if he came knocking while we were awake and brought hard questions instead of a bag filled with gifts.

    I’d be rather poorly prepared to find Santa at my door, with those all-knowing nods of the chin and probing eyes. I’d probably pretend not to be home and ignore the knocks and jingle bells.

  • Lunch with George H.S. Bush

    Bob Zaltsberg

    Guest Columnist

     

    I checked in at the northwest appointment gate at the White House on a crisp September morning in 1989. The person working security at the gate took my information and said: “You’ll be sitting at the president’s lunch table today.”

    Already high expectations for the day spiked.

  • Ginger’s tropical roots

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Most of us know that the popular spice ginger comes from the root of the plant. Well, really it is a rhizome, and the hot and pungent flavor has more to it than just a taste sensation.

  • Looking for a tree? Live or fresh cut?

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    So which type of tree reflects your holiday-style? Do you get a fresh cut, artificial or container-grown? Or do you just go out-of-town and let someone else do the decorating? All are certainly acceptable but there are different rules that apply to each.

    Obviously, the artificial ilk has few restrictions but there are some things to remember if you get a fresh cut or container-grown tree for planting after the holidays.

  • This spuds for you

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    Recently, Leonna and I were driving to Troy. It was a cold day and there was some highway work going on. Up ahead, a worker held one of those signs that says “Slow” on one side and “Stop” on the other.

    We were lucky and caught the slow side and lowering our speed, continued on our way.

  • On the road to Christmas

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Thursday is the feast of St. Barbara, a martyr killed in the third or fourth century for her conversion to Christianity. By tradition, she was killed by her own father, who was then struck down by lightning and killed on the spot. That’s why St. Barbara was the patroness of people who worked around gunpowder or who served in the artillery.

  • Profiteering pharma, blind-eyed insurance companies elevate overdose problems

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    The link between rising medical costs can be narrowly focused on big medicine and insurance. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are akin to the stereotypical gutter-dwelling drug pushers hocking their illicit products on street corners. Under the guise of “try it, it’s free,” major pharma companies peddle their life-prolonging products  – whose side effects often cause other complications years down the road – with the promise of big gains.

  • Winter Checklist: Part II

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    This the second in a two-part column.

     

    Years ago, I made the mistake of leaving the water pump in the barn instead of storing it in the basement. Well, I found out why Daddy always stored it in the basement during the cold days of winter. When I got the pump out to do some irrigation the following summer, the primer tank had split right open.