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Columns

  • 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.

  • Remembering Birch Bayh

    MARK BENNETT

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    I loved the joyful grin on my daughter’s face after she’d finished a 100-meter dash or sank a free throw for her high school teams.

    Millions of other dads have similar memories.

  • Potato planting time

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day; which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes. I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern. I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.

  • Reflections of a TC storefront

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

    news@perry countynews.com

     

    Sadness somewhat overcame me as I pumped gas. Not because of the recent 10 percent increases, but as I looked across the parking lot of the Circle S near the high school, I could see in the distance the back of the ARI Rehabilitation building.

    That’s were a small section of the structure was being torn down. The old metal sided portion was only used for storage in the past, but the reflections of my childhood came flooding over me seeing the rubble of what was.

  • Chirping peepers sure sign of spring

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers. There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can lure with their peeping charm. 

    On my way home last week, on a warm evening, after plenty of rain, the spring peepers reminded me of how glorious rural life can be.  Just by listening for a few minutes an entire other world can be imagined.