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Columns

  • Spring lawn care is simple; do not fertilize

    by Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

    Pay no attention to the man behind the screen, or should I say on the screen. Commercials for lawn fertilizers show up on the airwaves this time of the year promising the perfect lawn if you apply this product or that. In fact, keeping a healthy attractive lawn is not that complicated if you maintain good habits; and this does not necessarily include spring fertilization.

  • Donald Trump versus Adam Smith and tariffs

    Mark Franke

    Guest Columnist

     

    When I was a college freshman taking my first political theory class, my professor explained why some government policies are good (meaning popular) and others are scorned. The answer is simple: It depends on whose ox is being gored.

    Tariffs are exactly that kind of policy. In a free-trade environment, struggling domestic industries being undercut in price or otherwise losing market share to foreign imports see their oxen getting readied for the barbecue.

  • Fireflies’ shining state grace

    Leo Morris

    Columnist

     

    Those who worry about Indiana’s image in more enlightened sections of the country can relax a little now that one black mark on the state’s reputation has been erased: It is no longer one of only four states that do not have an official insect.

  • 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?

  • Respecting diversity

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s mid-Lent and I’ve been doing my very best to keep up the ages-old Christian tradition of marking the spiritual significance of Lent, the 40 days before Easter.

  • Respecting diversity

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s mid-Lent and I’ve been doing my very best to keep up the ages-old Christian tradition of marking the spiritual significance of Lent, the 40 days before Easter.

  • Plants and insects come alive in spring

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    The hostas and daylilies are barely poking out of the ground and I’m already noticing signs of slug activity! The primrose and lungwort have been munched on; bagworms are dangling from the pines and the next generation of borers are stirring beneath the bark getting ready to emerge and reproduce; the larvae of the holly leaf-miner are ready to become flies.

  • USDA to help feed hungry children this summer

    MICHAEL DORA

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    As we near the end of another winter, many parents and children are already beginning to think about summer. Sadly, though, the thought for some parents is: “How will I feed my children?”

  • Commonsense financial reform for banks

    Joe Donnelly

    U.S. Senate

     

    The Senate is on the verge of doing something very helpful to small businesses and Hoosier families this month: overcoming the overwhelming partisan gridlock of Washington to pass a bipartisan package to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on small financial institutions and expand protections for consumers, servicemembers, and veterans.

  • ‘Black Panther’ is one of Marvel’s best

    Eric Harris

    Film Critic

    Marvel comic book movies can be exhausting. It seems like each one only exists to set up the next movie. They’re all well-made, entertaining films and are even unique, but you always get the feeling that you’re watching a preview for the next, bigger movie.