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Columns

  • Thoughts on New Year’s

    Heather Powell

    Staff Writer

     

    The New Year’s holiday is officially upon us. The toasts will be made, the New Years Eve ball will be dropped and the parties will end. It’s hard to believe 2018 is over. But, as with all good things, it has come to an end and 2019 is a clean slate ready to be filled up with our stories. As we look to 2019, we should be mindful of all the things we hope to accomplish in the New Year.

  • Resolutions still matter

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com           

     

    Happy New Year’s! Though these words take shape several days before Monday night’s New Year’s Eve festivities, I find myself with feelings of anticipation and even tinges of excitement as 2019 nears. A new year is a chance at new beginnings and possibilities. 

  • Overcoming Christmas blues

    Bud Herron

    Guest Columnist

     

    I get the Christmas blues every year.

    I used to pretend I felt peace, love, joy and unfettered happiness throughout the month of December – just the way all those sermons, songs and Folger’s coffee commercials told me I should. It was mostly just an act.

  • Houseplants need special attention in winter months

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    “My houseplants look terrible” is commonly heard during the winter months. Now is the time of year that we spend more time indoors, with our houseplants; it’s also the time of the year that they look the most pathetic. Houseplants suffer indoors during the winter for various reasons. Shorter days that are often cloudy mean less light; low or no humidity in our heated homes; insects that thrive in these conditions; and bad watering habits.

  • Eastwood’s “The Mule” an ode to fatherly conflicts

    “The Mule” is one of those movies that could only be made if it was based on a true story. It’s about a 90-year-old man who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel when he needs to earn money to make up for lost time with his estranged family. It’s a movie particularly fitting for Clint Eastwood to make. It’s not because Eastwood has become a drug mule in his old age (that I know of). It’s because his character, Earl, realizes late in life that he failed his family in favor of his career.

  • Christmas memories

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s Note: This Christmas-season column first appeared in 2010.

     

  • An immigration compromise

    STACY WASHINGTON

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Is there any way to break the policy logjam on immigration?

    Most Republicans favor tougher border security measures, while Democrats tend to support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Many progressives, aghast at the separation of parents and children at the border, even want to “abolish ICE” – the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

  • 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.

  • 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.