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Columns

  • 51 isn’t that bad after all

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I turn 51 Wednesday, not exactly an old age I guess, but I’m starting to finally feel my age. That, perhaps, is what really hurts. I mean literally, it hurts.

    I ran across a collection of senior photos a few weeks ago taken by the late Art Gerber in 1984. Wow, that was 34 years ago. I had a full head of blond hair, only one chin and a whole lot more muscle than I do today. The column photo above is me in 1984.

  • Building a healthier state

    TAMI SILVERMAN

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    As parents, caring adults and community leaders, we must create the conditions for healthy kids to thrive. This means recognizing and addressing the dangers children face when they live in unhealthy environments, reducing health-harming behaviors like smoking and substance use by children and around children, and building communities that make it easier for kids and families to make healthy choices about food and physical activity.

  • Protecting your vote

    Connie Lawson

    Secretary of State

     

  • Bonfire ups and downs

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    As  I’ve written a few times over the years, my friends accused me of borderline paganism when I spend one night  a year around a bonfire for Walpurgis Night, or Walpurgisnacht in German. Last Monday marked the Walpurgisnacht. My bonfire was pretty modest. Well, it was downright small but it still served its purpose.

    Past bonfires have been more substantial and more fun.

  • Job search ups and downs

    Eric Whittaker

    Staff Writer

     

    Before being hired by Perry County News, I spent some time negotiating the abyss of unemployment for longer than I care to talk about. Alright … it was for two years … I mean, if I don’t talk about it, I won’t have much of a journalist’s column. I’ve been working here for a couple months – yes, times flies when you’re having fun – refining the trade skills I’ve attained through university and college education.

  • Springtime digging

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It seemed I was always a bit of an entrepreneur as a kid. My brothers and I never received a regular allowance as work on the farm was considered part of everyday life. So, when I wasn’t picking up bales of hay on our farm, I was hiring myself for the day to nearby farmers.

  • The always pretty peony

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    One of the prettiest flowers in the garden is getting ready to bloom. This great cut-leaf Japanese peony, Paeonia tenuifolia, opens its simple ruby-colored petals to reveal bright yellow stamen. The finely cut foliage, reminiscent of the most finely cut foliage of a Japanese maple, allows the plant to be interesting in the mixed border the rest of the growing season, as well.

  • From the mailbag ...

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    At least once a week I receive a letter, note or clipping about an issue readers have an opinion on. We happily print letters to the editor on a wide variety of subjects (and welcome more), but among the letters I receive for publication are those that are either unsigned or signed but whose authors don’t want them to be published.

  • Rebuilding rural infrastructure

    Michael Dora

    Guest Columnist

     

    Some people remember when many rural households didn’t have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there’s still lots of room for improvement. In fact, our American infrastructure used to be the envy of the world, but now it’s in disrepair.

  • Slow start, cool spring

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I want to say spring has sprung, but it hasn’t landed. I have 215 Freedom Ranger chicks coming in the mail next week and I want warm-not just sort of warm-for the new 2-legged arrivals. My lettuces, potatoes, onions and kale are fine (they will actually thrive in these conditions) but I need warm before I can even think of putting a tomato, bean or cucumber out in the garden.