• DAVE LOBECK | Local Columnist

This morning I looked at the extended forecast for my neck of the woods (Southern Indiana) and it got me craving spring and summer. Literally for the next two weeks there are just two days that exhibit any potential of sunshine. Sometimes I hate February. Granted, there are great things that…

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  • TERRY CUMMINS | Local Columnist

Will the American people be like Moses, who wandered in a wilderness for 40 years? Adam and Eve were turned loose in a garden wilderness that God made for them, and it took only one day for them to blow it. It takes only one day for a corporation to destroy a national park, by drilling oil, …

  • GINA ANDERSON | Local Columnist

The end of February is getting closer, which means most of us are just itching for nice day so that we can go outside and get some fresh air. While we are waiting for this nice day, we could bring a little of the outside in by starting some seeds for the garden.

  • TERRY STAWAR | Local Columnist

The Pew Research Center recently reported that in 2017 over two-thirds of Americans got their news from social media. The information we receive, however, is selective and depends largely upon the links we decide to follow. These decisions are usually based on the appeal of various headlines…

  • DAVE LOBECK | Local Columnist

If you want to get your creative juices flowing some evening, look in your refrigerator and in your pantry, take note of three to four things you have and list them in your computer search bar followed by the word “recipe” and see what comes up. I had some ground pork, cabbage and chicken st…

  • LINDON DODD | Local Columnist

“There ought to be a room in every house to swear in. It’s dangerous to repress an emotion like that!”

  • TERRY CUMMINS | Local Columnist

Time began some time ago. We don’t know when, where or how. We use a clock and a calendar to measure it. But in this modern way of life, there’s never enough time in a 24-hour day to live a simpler life. If it was a rat race 30 years ago, now it’s a rocket ship ride to search for a peaceful …

  • TERRY STAWAR | Local Columnist

Winter has been pretty rough on our yard this year. A number of trees and branches have fallen and my wife Diane is eager to start cleaning up the mess. I’ve bought four chainsaws in the 20 years we’ve lived in Indiana. I don’t know if I’m such a hard worker or just really tough on chainsaws.

  • DAVE LOBECK | Local Columnist

This is the time of year for soups, and if you are like me you have some smoked pulled pork tucked away in the freezer. What’s that? Oh, you don’t? Why not? Well, just use 1 1⁄2 pounds of ground pork, ground beef or ground turkey. You may need to drain off some fat if you use all ground pork…

If you’ve been distressed about the state of our disunited union, like it was when the South seceded from the North. Then it caused President Lincoln to address our nation numerous times. But after reuniting, we broke apart again about 100 years later into a different type of North and South…

  • By AMANDA HILLARD BEAM Local columnsit

When the weather gets rough, Bill Briscoe might be the most sought after man in Floyd County.

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  • DAVE LOBECK | Local Columnist

Let’s get some “full disclosure” taken care of immediately. I’ve made a true Italian Bolognese sauce many times. It’s a very specific recipe and technique. But, this is my take on a bolognese sauce when you don’t have four hours of cooking time available to you. I have to tell you these roas…

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 4) looms large as perennial Super Bowl contender New England will take on Philadelphia in a rematch of the 2005 Super Bowl, which happens to be the last time the Eagles made an appearance in the big game. New England, on the other hand, has made more Super Bowl appear…

  • LINDON DODD | Local Columnist

“Little League baseball is a good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets” — Yogi Berra

  • TERRY CUMMINS | Local Columnist

Our government must find a way to keep our nation running again, but not too fast. Shutting it down is no way to pursue happiness. For whatever reason, it's been shut down, bogged down, or paralyzed for several years now. As we celebrated President Trump's first year in office after his reso…

  • TERRY STAWAR | Local Columnist

Just last week, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote about the tremendous power of physical touch and how it influences our lives. In the classic scientific work on the subject, “Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin,” Anthropologist Ashley Montagu says, “Among all the senses, …

  • BARBARA ANDERSON | Local Columnist

Jan. 20th was the first anniversary of the Women’s March last year. It was dubbed a protest march but many of us didn’t go there to protest, we went to commit to the nation our sense of duty to democracy and protecting it at all costs. With the exception of a few, the speeches were construct…

Instead of a quote this week I will start out with a joke my sister Diana called and told me after a cruise she had taken. My dad had already passed away but she as a precursor said a ship’s comedian told a joke that made her laugh remembering our father.

Each time you sit down at a table, loaded with bounty, or drive through a fast-food joint, thank farmers. Your life depends on them, unless you want to grow your own food where you live, likely in a place without a yard or a garden spot. I grew up farming the old way, which had been used sin…

  • TERRY STAWAR | Local Columnist

Last weekend my wife Diane and I saw "The Post," Steven Spielberg’s movie about The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers. The film stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first woman to run a major American newspaper and perennial good guy Tom Hanks, playing Ben Bradlee, …

On Jan. 3, 2017, I was sworn in to represent you in Congress, and last week marked one year of fighting for the results you demanded in 2016. It has been an incredible honor, and, as we head into 2018, I’d like to share a few highlights from the past year.

True story: A disgruntled basketball fan can yell and scream from the bottom of the stands at a coach on the bench below and they rarely process a word of what they are saying.

Southern Indiana's local governments have started setting their priorities for 2018. Below are some of the issues New Albany officials say they want to tackle. Tell us what you think their priorities should be, and check back next week for Jeffersonville's turn.

  • TERRY CUMMINS | Local Columnist

If you’re suffering from the hectic post-holiday season, Thich Naht Hanh might help you. Holiday stress is in full force by Thanksgiving when Christmas candy goes on sale. December is the busiest month — decorating, shopping, wrapping, shipping, partying, eating, drinking, and gobbling nerve pills.

  • BARBARA ANDERSON | Local Columnist

I believe in citizen participation. I also believe voting is the strongest form of citizen participation and the most important form. It is what defines us as a people. It was never meant to be hard, but right away the vote was restricted. White, male landowners were the voter of the day in …

  • TERRY STAWAR | Local Columnist

Being in the field of psychology I’m embarrassed to admit that I really dislike making changes. I usually get crabby and anxious when my routines are disrupted. Maybe that’s why I’m not so good with New Year’s resolutions. Since resolutions usually aim at self-improvement, (bah, humbug) they…

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