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Columns

  • 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.

  • Clark Kent: Still a reporter?

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    The image of the newspaper reporter is in flux. Once among the most respected of career choices, the man or woman who makes his or her living today with a computer and a reporter’s notebook is in the midst of an occupational crisis.

  • Indiana needs hate-crime law

    Don Steen

    Staff Writer

    reporter@spencer countyjournal.com

     

    Gov. Eric Holcomb is taking an admirable stand in favor of legislation to better protect citizens against crimes motivated by race, gender identity, religion or similar traits.

    Indiana is one of five states in the union to lack what is commonly known as a “hate crime law,” and some would argue that it is not needed and to dedicate legislative time to such an effort would be mere virtue signaling.