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Columns

  • Tough decisions lie ahead in state budget

    The Kentucky General Assembly completed day 12 of the 2016 Regular Session last Thursday. The decision was made to cancel the Friday session so members could return home before the inclement weather arrived.
    I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to all of our dedicated transportation workers and our first responders who worked so hard to keep all of us safe last weekend.

  • Turn snowstorm into a mini vacation

    OK, did everyone get their snow hit? If you’re still craving more, may I suggest a trip to Minnesota? I am Norwegian American, with roots in Minnesota. I know I can “weather the snow.”  I just don’t like to, unless I’m skiing.
    I could ski here on the farm, but there’s that long walk back up. Of course, I still have that long walk up after a big snow. My four-wheel drive truck can make it up or down, once. Then, I have a luge track and must wait for the thaw.

  • Note to fellow shoppers: Get out of my way!

    Is there anything worse than leaving the grocery store with a case of shopping rage?
    While I am thankful that the holiday rush is over for another 11 months, it still irritates me when fellow shoppers are just plain inconsiderate or when store management fails to enforce the law of shopperland.

  • Alton residents not taking no for answer

    Column as I see ’em …
    The political pundits and party bosses scratching their heads over insurgent presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders should have been at Alton Christian Church on Monday night.
    There they would have found the answers that have eluded them as to why such fringe characters  — described by their detractors as the boorish billionaire and nutty socialist — have skyrocketed in popularity.

  • These projects need your support

    By Jane Sinnett, Guest Columnist

    A new year, a new beginning, another chance to make our mark, do our best and be of service to that great cause that is so near and dear to our hearts.

    So how can we pick one cause from the many that tug on our consciousness almost on a daily basis? Just ask yourself how you can truly help and where your contribution be used.

  • Cooking teaches children valuable life skills

    I remember the first food I cooked, chocolate drop cookies. I was 7 years old. I remember making cookies, cake, fudge and tuna noodle casseroles.

    Anyone else remember wacky cakes? In seventh grade I started cooking dinner a few times a week to help my mother.

    From my cooking experiences as a child, I learned skills that stayed with me for life.

    I think I have become a better cook since the day of the garlic disaster. There is a significant difference between a garlic clove and a garlic bulb. I’ll never forget that experience.

  • Keep firewood insects out of your home

    Every time you bring a load of firewood inside this winter, you may be opening the door for wood-infesting insects to make your home their home.

    Most insects brought into the home on firewood are harmless, but you can greatly reduce their numbers by following a few simple steps.

    When stacking wood outside, avoid stacking it directly on the ground. This will keep it from getting too wet and reduce the chances of infestation by such insects as termites and ants.

  • No need to wait for spring to grow food

    I believe this is the most restful winter I’ve had in Kentucky. Honest to John, I’ve not had to hike up and down the hill, chop or carry much wood, or shovel paths so I can get up and down the drive. I’ve even gained weight.

    The calendar tells me I won’t have much more of this, so I’m taking full advantage now. Lounging around, paging through seed catalogues and listening to books is my idea of a good day. Free time is a rare gem to be appreciated and I do.

  • Resolution Restart Online Challenge begins Jan. 25

    Are you trying to rescue a failed New Year’s resolution? It’s only the sixth day of the 2016 but it happens.

    It has been well documented that when people monitor their behavior and measure how they are doing, they are often inspired to do better and achieve positive results.

    The Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is launching an online Small Steps to Health and Wealth (SSHW) Challenge called “Kentucky 2016 Resolution Restart.” This free four-week program is designed to help you improve both your health and personal finance behaviors.

  • Public pensions top state legislature’s agenda

    By James Tipton, State Representative

    When the 2016 session of the General Assembly convened Jan. 5 the unfunded liability crisis facing our Public Pension Systems was front and center. During my first year in the legislature, I have spent many hours reviewing the history of how this situation came about and studying options as we move forward.