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Columns

  • Betrayal, anger over proposed state pension bill

    The editor of The Anderson News contacted me Friday afternoon and asked if I had anything to say about a pending bill about the state pension system.
    The pension destruction bill eliminates the cost of living adjustment for retirees and creates a new inferior pension plan that does absolutely nothing to address the unfunded liability.

  • Green Christmas equals a snowy Easter

    Wow. A 50-degree drop in temperature is pretty radical, especially when it is within 48 hours. I’m thinking Mother Nature just pleased everyone.
    Wimps to the cold, like me, loved those warm days, and those who embrace the cold, got plenty. Almost three months ago (Nov. 7), I wrote about my winter predictions. Let’s see how I’ve done so far.

  • Mind travel your way to a warmer place

    I’ve decided to do a little imaginary traveling during these winter months. I’ve decided that the ups and downs of Kentucky weather can be fun. In my head, I’ll be in Phoenix when our temps here hit 60. When it’s cold and snowy, I’ll be in Colorado skiing. When it’s freezing out I’ll be in Minnesota, with my relatives. See, mind travel is cheap and easy. I don’t even have to find a sitter for the dogs.

  • A fresh start for New Year’s resolutions

    Just in time to rescue failed New Year’s resolutions to improve health and personal finances, the Extension Service is launching an online Health and Wealth Challenge called “Ft. Harrod KY Health & Wealth Challenge 2013.”
    This free eight-week program, open to anyone who enrolls online, will be held from Monday, Feb. 18 through Monday, April 15. 

  • Float beds useful for more than tobacco

    I just watched a sunrise give way to waves of clouds in the west. When I say waves, I truly mean it, like a child’s drawing.
    The sky was layered from the ground up, starting with a band of light blue, which flowed into the dark and topped with white cap waves. The wind had it moving like the tide coming in on an ocean. Just another beautiful portrait by Mother Nature.

  • Don’t let stereotypes make you feel old

    How old do you want to be? When children or teens are asked that question, they usually want to be older than they are, maybe 12, 16, 18 or 21.
    The answer varies depending on their current age. But how old do you want to be?
    I’m planning on a healthy 100. It’s in my genes. I come from strong German ancestors who lived a long time: 104, 102 and 99 + 11 months. My aunt almost made it to 100.

  • Warmer temps give gardeners jump start

    Welcome to the new normal of warm winters and even warmer summers.
    Hey, most of us would winter in Florida or Arizona if we could. Now we can just stay home.
    The NOAA announced 2012 was the warmest on record, since it started keeping records. Wow. At this rate we’ll be moving the USDA zone map lines for planting. Maybe and maybe not.

  • What’s on my mind: kids and their cell phones

    I was walking through the Rotunda of our state’s capital right before Christmas and heard a young boy ask his father if Abe Lincoln had a cell phone — true story.
    “You see, in the old days people didn’t have mobile phones,” he began to explain.
    I could not pause to hear the rest. I was too struck that my past had already become someone else’s history. The young boy had the same look on his face as I did when my parents had told me about how they grew up with no television. OMG, was all I could say.

  • Hoarding is more than sad TV show

    Compulsive hoarding is a health condition that has received much attention from the media in recent years. However, hoarding is not always easy to detect and may be more widespread than many believe.
    Compulsive hoarding can be secretive. An individual can discreetly accumulate items over many years. Sometimes hoarding is discovered only when the individual is no longer able to live in their own home or the family cleans the home following the loved one’s death.

  • Remedies to keep your vehicle free of ice

    Well we’ve made it to the season of “ahh.” The holidays are over and we start to settle back in to some kind of routine. Our days and nights are calmer. The decorations are back in their boxes and all the trash has finally been picked up. Now, we just have to get through winter.