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Columns

  • The beauty and ugliness of democracy displayed in Evansville

    JASON THOMAS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Democracy on display can be a beautiful thing.Fear-mongering, inciting the masses against fellow citizens just doing their job, can be equally as ugly.

    Both were on display in downtown Evansville on Thursday as Donald Trump brought his “Make America Great Again” tour to Indiana.

    Thursday’s atmosphere could be described as a tale of two worlds.

  • Illegal immigration: a proposal that addresses the problem

    STEVE OBERMEIER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    The great majority of Americans believe that something must be done to address the issue of illegal immigration, especially given the huge number who are already here in the U.S .and an ongoing influx of even more.

  • Yummy Kieffer pears ripen off the tree

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Requests for Kieffer pears have been rolling in lately. We do not have volume, only a few here and there that we have planted in the last five years, or so. Most of the really good Kieffer pears are found on old farm sites that have been long vacant. The Kieffer pear is a remnant of a once thriving agricultural model that fed the whole family. Among the farm smörgåsbord was the small home orchard; and among the orchard the Kieffer pear still stands if nothing else does.

  • The lasting value of labor

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With the arrival of Labor Day, I wonder if there is as much emphasis placed on the value of work as there once was.

    I speak as a kid raised on a farm and someone raised on hard work and for whom labor has been a big part of my life.

  • New required training aimed at reducing high state teen suicide rates

    Tami Silverman

    Guest Columnist

     

    Our kids are going back to school and many of us are thinking about backpacks, school supplies and physicals.

    With bus schedules, class schedules and afterschool activities, our kids can easily get stressed about the beginning of a new school year. For some children, especially teens, this stress and anxiety exists at a dangerous level.

  • Crabgrass has long culinary history

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Summertime is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species.

    Does it sound daunting? Well, I wouldn’t look at it that way entirely; let’s just say it is a challenge to keep it under control.

  • 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.