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Columns

  • Facts about upcoming caucus

    Our office has been receiving numerous calls lately regarding the Republican Caucus.
    Even though neither the county clerk’s office nor the Anderson County Board of Elections has anything to do with the caucus, I thought I would do my best by passing along the information that I do have.
    Why is there a Republican presidential caucus instead of the normal presidential preference primary?
    KRS 118.555 states that:

  • Diabetes management takes effort to get good results

    Sugar-free foods just aren’t the answer to good management of diabetes.  Managing diabetes effectively — because at this time — there is no cure for diabetes, requires significant effort that gives a big reward — a longer, healthier life with time to enjoy your family, accomplish your goals and feel good.

  • Time to check your gardening supplies

    All things considered, it’s been a pretty easy winter. We go from snow to rain to 60 degrees in a matter of days. I’ll take that. It does give me pause though, wondering if spring is going to be just as wacky as winter.
    Next nice weekend, I’m going to rig up some side supports in order to make a hoop house over my raised beds. Hoop houses come in all sizes and basically you rig up a way to create a plastic sheeting ceiling to cover your soil. Grit Magazine even has a blueprint for a retractable hoop house.

  • Christian life is series of choices

    There’s a story about three men who had to travel to a weeklong business conference in Atlanta.
    Friday afternoon they arrived at the airport to return home to their families and their weekend with only minutes to get through security, find their gate and board the plane for home.
    In their haste to reach their gate, running through the airport and dodging other travelers, they ran into a vendor’s table, knocking it over.

  • Declining enrollment culprit behind budget

    Column as I see ’em …
    Those who work and pay taxes (which is the new definition of blue collar) aren’t going to like this very much.
    Based on its draft budget, the school district could raise property tax rates a full 4 percent this year and still bring in less total dollars than it did the year before.
    A lot less.

  • Panthers not only losers during Super Bowl 50

    Super Bowl 50 went exactly as scripted. Peyton Manning went out with a championship and the rest of the game was pretty much underwhelming.
    The game got off with on a positive note. Lady Gaga — doing her best Effie Trinket from “The Hunger Games” impression — nailed the national anthem. I think it is fair to say the country was holding it’s collective breath to see what she would wear and how she would sound. But, she surely didn’t disappoint. No complaints here.

  • These are not your daddy’s lima beans

    How are your taste buds? Did you know that we lose taste buds over the years?
    That’s exactly why we like certain foods now that we never liked when we were younger. Well, that and the quality of the cook. The quality of the cook, and the recipe used, makes a world of difference in taste.
    Foods that you may turn your nose up at now may be something you actually like someday. Crank up your food bravery this year and try growing some new things. My father hated pizza, until he tried it in his 40s. We had pizza every weekend after.

  • Tipton doing his part, but solution not in sight

    Column as I see ’em …
    Mind if I do a little sniping from the cheap seats about the past week’s lamentations about the state budget?
    Didn’t think so.
    While it’s clearly more complicated (or perhaps convoluted) than I’m capable of understanding from the cheap seat behind my keyboard, I’m fairly sure I can provide at least one simple explanation that might provide insight into why the budget is so out of whack.

  • Raising kids nowadays difficult for kids of ‘80s

    Being a kid of the 1980s makes it a bit more difficult to raise children born post 9/11. There are so many differences in the world that have occurred since we were children.
    One of the biggest being that, in the 80s we didn’t have cell phones. You got a quarter to call your mom from a payphone (and yes, there were payphones everywhere) to pick you up from the mall or the arcade.

  • Governor’s budget contains ‘smoke and mirrors’

    Last Tuesday, Gov. Bevin proposed his 24-month spending strategy. On the surface, his budget looks reasonable and responsible. However, once we started digging deeper, we found cuts to education, human services, and other programs Kentuckians depend upon to have long-lasting ripple effects in our communities.