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Opinion

  • Confession –the gnome on the Travelocity commercial motivated this column.

    I like background noise when I work. This often means the television is on, but basically playing to an empty room. I’d listen to music, but I have a tendency put on a concert when my favorite songs come on, which means I lose focus on the task at hand.

  • By Grace Bingamer

    Summer isn’t over by the calendar, but if you have school aged children it is definitely coming to an end. The ads are full of specials on all the necessary supplies, and parents are digging deep to pay the book rental fees and purchase everything from new clothes to backpacks to lunch bags and pencils. How can they need and want so much when school just ended three short months ago?

  • In the winter of 1991, I attended a seminar for judges in San Diego, California. When I got on the plane at 6:30 a.m. in Evansville, Ind., it was 17 degrees and grey. It was 75 and sunny in southern California at noon. There may be a rare cynic out there who harbors the ungenerous thought those two statistics were my prime motivation; how unkind. It was knowledge I sought even if I had to endure such a variation in the weather.

  • By Phil Junker

    Another sign of the anticipated upcoming change from summer to fall is the arrival of the squirrel opener scheduled for this Saturday.

    Squirrel season usually kicks off a week earlier in Indiana than Kentucky, however this year both start Aug. 15. And, despite a cold 2014-15 winter, there appear to be a plenty of squirrels for hunters

  • By Phil Junker

    Every angler has at one time or another has forgotten something in their rush to leave for a fishing trip. Once, this old writer started a fishing trip to Canada without my tackle box.

    Fortunately, my daughter called alerting me to the tackle box, and met me to save the day, even if there was a brief delay.

    A recent news release about forgetting sunglasses, caught my attention. I admit a sunglass dependency. I even wear them while driving on cloudy days.

  • You may think the Harmony Way Bridge is dead. That it has no life or purpose. That it is just rusting away with nothing or no one caring whether it remains there are not. You would be wrong. It is a haven and home for a certain creature that is beneficial to all of us. It is the cliff swallow.

    Cliff swallows are social creatures. They like to live together in colonies, diligently building gourd-shaped mud houses on the under side beams of bridges, under the eaves of the outside of a barn or on cliffs (as their name suggests).

  • If you need something important done properly and fast, ask a person with too much to do already. I called my friend Becky Higgins who, among many other volunteer duties, is President of the Posey County Historical Society. I do not know why such public-spirited people as Becky give so much of their time, talent and financial resources, but I sure am glad they do.

  • Once upon a time, I watched more than my share of ESPN. In fact, the cable company could have only provided about 10 channels, which included eight sports stations, and I would have been happy.

    In the last month, there has been a massive discussion on the meaning of the word courage. In the last several weeks, the words strength and courage have been used, and often synonymously. These words are more like word compliments-they go hand-in-hand. What I’d like to propose to you is that strength provides courage.

  • By Phil Junker

    What started out as a good spring for outdoors folks, turned into lousy weather condition in late spring and early summer.

    Rain, rain and more rain not only discouraged people from enjoying the outdoors just because of the crummy conditions, but because of high and in some cases dangerous water in streams and lakes.

    Among fishing spots that usually remain safe and dependable are farm ponds and small lakes.

  • By Grace Bingamer

    Remember the days when you pulled into your local neighborhood service station and immediately the gas station attendant in his clean, neatly starched uniform ran up to your window and after he started the pump working for your fill-up, he would check the air in all four tires, wash all your windows and open the hood to check your oil. He’d then take your payment, bring your change back to you; you never got out of your car.

  • I saw a photograph of an antique judge’s bench in the Mount Vernon Democrat along with an article in which my friend and Posey County historian, Ray Kessler, gave his opinion the bench had once been in the Posey County Courthouse.

    Mount Vernon Mayoral Assistant and my friend, Sherry Willis, was quoted as calling for ideas as to how the old item could be saved and maybe reused. It had to be moved due to the construction of a new City Hall.

  • Some people cry at movies. Some people cry randomly. I’m the schmuck who cries at sports. Yep. I’m not a parent, but I’ll admit I was so proud of the 12U BatCats that I shed a tear or two for them after their heart-wrenching championship loss to Jasper on Saturday.

    I don’t cry easily. But sports movies, real life sporting events and sometimes the Star Spangled Banner can turn on the faucet. This may seem a little personal, but there’s a simple explanation that can only be understood by parents of athletes and athletes themselves.

  • As the general manager, much of my time is spent mingling with people. That’s really the best part of the job. Being in the know on most things is also part of the job, which has become more difficult since I don’t have to listen to the police scanner 24-hours a day anymore.

  •  I went home from work one night last week. I curled up on my bed with the dog and read a new book. As often happens when I like the story, I lost all track of time. Then, I heard the symphony of barking dogs around the neighborhood.

  • For me, the events surrounding the Republican Party chairman’s challenge of Democratic candidate Sherri Lueder’s eligibility to run for assessor, the party line vote to keep her off the ballot and the court’s eventual overturning of that decision was  a lot like going to the dentist. 

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    Shocked. I have received a number of comments regarding the editorial I wrote about the decision of whether or not to allow Sherri Lueder on the ballot. Apparently, I created quite a conversation piece. I have been told my loyalties have been called into question. While I have political leanings, those belong to me personally, and don’t necessarily need to be spelled out on the pages of this newspaper. 

  • Parents of Indiana public school students got their annual kick in the teeth this week when they went to pick up their children’s text books. Unlike almost every other state in the union, Indiana charges, and charges exorbitant prices, for students to attend public school - between $200 and $300 per student just for textbooks alone.