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Columns

  • Another view of socialism

    GARRET SMITH

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    This piece is a response to Jim Adkins’ recent op-ed about socialism in the April 1 and 15 edition of the Perry County News. I am a 21 year old college graduate, a member of this community, and I see this as an opportunity to provide a different perspective.

  • Celebrating our campuses

    Sue Ellspermann

    Guest Columnist

     

    “Our Communities. Your College.” That’s the promise of Ivy Tech Community College. And that’s why we believe Community College Month, which takes place in April, is worth celebrating well beyond our campuses.

  • Rethink the lawn, alternatives to turf

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

  • Eliminating cedar blight

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The signs of fire blight (scorched-looking foliage and stem tips) are rather boring compared to the freaky looking appendages that “ripen” with cedar-apple rust. Get ready to start seeing large, orange gelatinous spore horns hanging from cedars like they are decorated with Japanese lanterns. They strike awe and dread from me because they are fabulous looking creations of nature but they also forewarn a rust problem in the orchard for next year.

  • A Good Friday reminder

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s note: This article was first published in April 2010. At the request of several readers, it is being reprinted this Easter season.

     

    I didn’t make it to Good Friday church services last week. But watching a few good men remove a dead man from a truck served as good a reminder as any of not only Jesus’ death but those who freed him from the cross.

  • How about a sane dialogue?

    BRETT SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    I feel compelled to answer Jim Adkins’s rant (April 1) on Venezuela and socialism. It is built on a flimsy scaffolding of name-calling, unexamined assumptions and questionable “facts.”

    I’m sure his views are sincerely held; I have nothing to say about his character or the adequacy or inadequacy of his education or intelligence. I’ll concern myself with the arguments themselves. These issues are so much more complex than his stark black-and-white picture allows.

  • The underscore on why mulch matters

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks. When done properly it can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature. These things can be achieved using a variety of materials, but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • Stories I wish I could write

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With retirement looming, I’m starting to ponder some of the stories I wish I could have penned while at the Perry County News.  Looking back over nearly 22 years, I can think of unsolved mysteries I had hoped would be solved while I was editor here. I’d also liked to have seen some things happen as far as economic development and tourism. Perhaps some of those efforts will take shape in the near future. 

  • On socialism: Making America Venezuela

    Jim Adkins

    Guest Columnist

     

    The newly anointed darling of the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, is heralding her Democratic Socialism and claiming it as the answer to all of America’s problems while spouting Marxist tropes. Often known as AOC, she has come up with a plan that is so radically free of knowledge or common sense that it draws in millions of unschooled millennials like her. Despite her skinny resume, she claims to have all of the answers. Well, let’s see about that.

  • Starting seeds indoors

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    My orders for onion sets and seed potatoes have arrived and are waiting to be planted once the soil dries a bit. My favorite summer crops that will be directly seeded in the garden are still in their seed packets waiting for consistently warm weather before they find the soil.