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Columns

  • Recapping the 2015 beef market

    Recently, I attended the Agricultural Economic Outlook for 2016 presented by specialists in the College of Agriculture Agricultural Economics Department.
    While there, they also discussed the 2015 cattle market and offered some thoughts as to why we saw such a drastic change from spring to fall. Below is a summary of their explanation of why this occurred.
    Let’s start with the basics.

  • Turning your problems over to God is difficult, but worth it

    Since my friend Mike has been sober, he’s taken me to one of his AA meetings every so often.
    I don’t struggle with alcohol, but I have my own compulsions and obsessions. In my opinion, every one of us is addicted to something and that those somethings can and do change, sometimes daily.
    Simplyput, it’s about running from God and to everything and anything that’s not God. Some of our somethings are more socially acceptable and less physically damaging than other somethings, like drugs or alcohol, but they all play havoc with our souls.

  • Snow days are perfect days to indulge

    I could write you a column this week full of healthy recipes I made during this snowy week but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate. You see, in my house, there is something about snow days and holidays that are very similar. They both have an “anything goes” feeling.

  • Tips for those raising grandchildren

    Are you a grandparent who is raising a child with drug-abusing parents? You likely know that you are filling an essential role of protection for that child by providing a healthy, safe and loving place for him to grow.  At last count, there were 352 other grandparents in Anderson County who were raising their grandchildren.

  • 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.