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Columns

  • Ode to Jack and the turnip

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    It looks like this late turnip crop is going to be a good one thanks to cool temperatures and adequate rain fall. I may even have some little ones ready in honor of Halloween this year, too, even though they will only be salad size. What does the turnip have to do with Halloween you may ask?

    Well, they just may be more authentic than that pumpkin on the porch.

  • Squirrels and autumn

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    This column first appeared in 2011.

     

    The squirrel was hurtling full-throttle across the road and barely missed being squashed by my car tire Sept. 23. I made a quick trek to the farm to grab my mail and a bite to eat and spotted the squirrel while returning to New Boston.

  • Critiques of capitalism

    Michael Hicks

    Guest Columnist

     

    Anti-capitalist feelings in the United States are enjoying a brief moment in the sun these days. Surveys of young people report that support for socialism is on the rise, and we can even hear some apparently wistful musings about communism from the shallow end of the public debate pool.

    Given that the only coherent national spokesman for socialism is a millionaire with three homes, it’s pretty clear this is not yet serious stuff.

  • U.S. Senate race appears close

    Kelly Hawes

    CNHI News Indiana Columnist

     

    Philip Wegmann describes Indiana’s U.S. Senate race as a battle of centrists. “The Democrat supports a border wall, and the Republican supports protections for pre-existing conditions,” he wrote last month in the Washington Examiner.

    Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly says he’d fund the wall in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who arrived in this country as children.

  • Life on the farm ...

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    “Well life on the farm is kinda laid back

    Ain’t much an old country boy like me can’t hack

    It’s early to rise, early in the sack

    I thank God I’m a country boy”

     

  • County, Rome early settlers highlighted in historic log

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    Somehow, my house in Tell City has ties to Rome. The extent to that connection, that’s the mystery; and the only clues are two 12-inch pages of a Perry County Commissioners log I found there about eight years ago.

  • Anticipating a spring bulb display

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    When it comes to bulbs, we are not always met with consistent success. Before you blame the chipmunks, the guy who mows the grass or the bulb company for their lack-luster performance, consider some of the other factors that influence how well flowering bulbs flower.

  • Walls are not immigration policy

    Stuart Cassidy

    Staff Writer

     

    Any insinuation that erecting a wall either at the Mexican-U.S. border or across the Sahara, that’s a pie in the sky build of dreams. But, much like the type of ideology that helped get him elected, that’s President Trump’s mantra when suggesting Spain tackle its own issues when it comes to Mediterranean refugees.

  • What’s in your workspace?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Newspaper folks have been known to borrow ideas from other publications. As a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, I have admired the occasional features on the personal items on and around business leaders’ desks.

  • Preening the autumn garden

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend  Gardener

     

    All in all, we have had a decent summer with reasonable temperatures and adequate rainfall. I think the marker for the summer of 2018 can go to the weeds. So, as you address some fall weeding chores you may also want to do a little preening to give some of your annuals and perennials a facelift for fall.