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Columns

  • A failed war on drugs

    Michael Hicks

    Guest Columnist

     

    The United States is close to 40 years into the ‘War on Drugs.’ What began as a campaign of good intentions has become among the most costly policy failures of the last 150 years. We seem unwilling or unable to grapple with the immense consequences or, indeed, even fully appreciate the depth of the problem.

    Before I explain the issue and discuss some reasonable alternatives, I wish to make clear my personal feelings about illegal drug use.

  • A land bank for others

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

  • Memories from Rome: Will Mogan

    Editor’s Note: As the Oct. 6-7 celebration of the bicentennial of the Rome Courthouse nears, the News hopes to share the occasional guest column from Rome residents or people who grew up in the community. Jim Fiedler shares this recollection of Will Mogan.

     

  • Time to plant for a fall vegetable harvest

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I am in the process of clearing out the summer vegetable garden of weary plants: the moldy cucumber vines, spent pole beans, and cantaloupe vines that have completed their life cycle and delivered way too many cantaloupes for my small family! Plans for a fall harvest are underway.

  • Clark Kent: Still a reporter?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    The image of the newspaper reporter is in flux. Once among the most respected of career choices, the man or woman who makes his or her living today with a computer and a reporter’s notebook is in the midst of an occupational crisis.

  • Indiana needs hate-crime law

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

    reporter@spencer countyjournal.com

     

    Gov. Eric Holcomb is taking an admirable stand in favor of legislation to better protect citizens against crimes motivated by race, gender identity, religion or similar traits.

    Indiana is one of five states in the union to lack what is commonly known as a “hate crime law,” and some would argue that it is not needed and to dedicate legislative time to such an effort would be mere virtue signaling.

  • Moles, myths and misconceptions

    Tim Gibb

    Purdue University

     

    Occasionally I am asked to speak at landscape management meetings about moles – you know, the furry little animals that tunnel just below ground and make such a mess of a lawn. I don’t know why they ask me, an insect scientist, to speak about moles. I assume it is because it just dawned on the guy who was originally asked that he had a previous commitment, such as an oil change, or he had to back out because he “woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.”

  • In wake of synagogue incident, the Indiana General Assembly should pass law that criminalizes hateful conduct

    Curtis Hill

    Indiana Attorney General

     

    Like thousands of my fellow Hoosiers, I was angry and saddened to learn about the hateful graffiti sprayed on a wall outside a Carmel synagogue over the weekend. To members of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, I offer you my heartfelt support and prayers as you come to grips with this act of malice so cowardly perpetrated at your place of worship.

  • Summer blooming trees

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

  • Be on guard against stinging caterpillars

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    This time of the year I am on the lookout for a variety of masterfully camouflaged stinging caterpillars. The very first time I saw one, it turned into a game: I took Andy down to the Parrotia tree and said “can you find the caterpillar?”

    He never did because this caterpillar looked exactly like the scorched edge of a leaf that would be a result of a long hot summer.