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Columns

  • Things to look forward to this fall

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    Visiting my mother late last week, I caught an unmistakable smell of fall, even with a rolled-up window – recently harvested corn. If freshly mowed grass is a sure sign of spring, combines at work prove it’s autumn.

    My brothers and other farmers have begun harvesting corn and soybeans and the fall season is filled with activities and community gatherings I look forward to every year.

  • Improving the tech climate

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    District 47

     

    As mobile data usage becomes more prevalent, our network connections become congested and slow down. These slow data connections can be, at best, inconvenient and, at worst, potentially fatal.

  • Naming abusive priests is fine, but is enough being done to protect the public from them?

    KEVIN LEININGER

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Editor’s Note: Leininger is editor of the  (Fort Wayne)News-Sentinel. Leaders in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Diocese of Evansville have announced that they will release lists of priests who have had credible claims of abuse leveled against them.

     

     

  • Looking Back shows a lot

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    As the compiler of the News’ looking back column found each week on Page 1B, I usually find myself taking more than an hour to put together the simple snippets of Perry County life 25, 50 and 70 years ago. I’ve been going through back issues of our newspapers for more than 15 years and each week I’m surprised, pleased and sometimes disappointed by what I read.

  • Spiders in the garden, nothing to fear

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    I’m not frightened by spiders; this doesn’t mean that I want them crawling on me. I enjoy seeing them in the garden this time of the year. They seem to be everywhere: between the chair and the umbrella, in the frame of the garage door, across the window frame in the office, and across the path through Daddy’s Japanese Garden.

  • Thomas’ article about fake is ... well, fake news

    JIM ADKINS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    Jason Thomas’ article about fake news is fake news. Thomas’ contention that the public trust in the main stream media or MSM “is on the rise,” is as fake as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny (sorry kids). Thomas has cried foul over President Trump describing news outlets as “fake.” The trouble for Thomas is this: most Americans agree with the president.

  • When to stay out of the way

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    It’s human nature to be curious when big news events occur, whether fires, wrecks, drug labs or storms like last week’s tornado.

    But sometimes, there are too many sightseers and police – especially when they just arrive on the scene – don’t have time to cordon off the scene or shoo away spectators. They have their jobs to do and by steering clear and not clogging roadways, the community can help things greatly.

  • On the idea of democracy

    BRETT SANDERS

    GUEST COLUMNIST

     

    While it is true that our country is, first and foremost, a republic, it has always carried at its center the ideal and idea of democracy.

    But, as Paul Woodruff argues in his book, “First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea,” few Americans really understand the ideas that underlie its practice. Those ideas were first practiced, debated, and evolved more than 2,000 years ago in the city of Athens in Greece.

  • 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.