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Today's Opinions

  • Plan ahead for August chores

    Happy August.

    Anyone else notice the cooler than average temperatures we’ve been having? I just checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac and it’s calling for cooler than average temperatures the whole month. No worries though because September is forecast to be hotter than normal.

    The weather has been a bit unusual all summer. Morning temps in the 50s is just wacky. We’re already up 3 inches in normal rainfall for the year. I’m really hoping that the wet summer means a dry winter.

  • Actuarial integrity key to repairing pension

    By Jim Waters

    Any retiree who worked as an engineer in building and repairing Kentucky’s buildings, highways and bridges should concur with a hearty “Amen!” for structural integrity, which indicates the ability of a structure to withstand a certain amount of intended weight without failing, fracturing or otherwise weakening.

    If Kentucky is to fix its pension mess, then “actuarial integrity” must become to its defined-benefit system what structural integrity is to its physical infrastructure.

  • Beware the Skimmer

    By Ryan Quarles

    Kentucky Commissioner

    of Agriculture

    Summer is a great time to make memories with family and friends. Whether you are spending your summer out on the farm, driving to your local ice cream shop, or hitting the road for a vacation, Kentuckians should be on the lookout for preying credit card skimmers seeking to steal sensitive information while you fill up your gas tank.

  • Columnist’s condemnations drive away non-believers

    To the editor:

    Two things captured my immediate attention as I read church page columnist Gary Thompson’s piece in the July 5 edition of The Anderson News.

    One is quite true as he expressed a personal fear: “My fear is that I come across as being only negative or admonishing.” That is actually true as each week if I were an unbeliever and not a believer in Jesus Christ, I would walk away with a feeling of condemnation following the readings.  

  • A Mother’s Day card Hallmark couldn’t write

    Column as I see ’em …

    Greeting cards have never really been my style.

    I don’t mind giving and receiving them, but as someone who makes a living via the written word, I always figured I could provide something a little better than a mushy poem filled with platitudes or goofy “Lordy, Lordy looks who’s 40” sort of gimmick.

  • Pension, tax reform discussion possibly on hold

    I hope you and your family are doing well as we prepare to close out the month of July. I have been very busy since the legislature adjourned back on March 30. I have attended many meetings and events in House District 53 as well as our Joint Interim Committee Meetings in the General Assembly. I have received many calls, letters and emails on a variety of issues, but without a doubt the discussion has primarily been on the possibility of a special session being called by Gov. Bevin.

  • Don’t be fooled, Japanese beetles aren’t finished this year

    Japanese beetle activity in some parts of Kentucky this year has resembled scenes from the 1980s, when this insect rolled across the state.

    Although the peak of adult feeding has passed for 2017, the last of the adults will be around for another 2 weeks. As adult feeding subsides, the white grub stage will take over.

    They will feed on grass roots for the next four to six weeks. Combined efforts of the Japanese beetle and masked chafers may result in above normal turf injury between now and early September.

  • Gearing up for dog days of summer

    Last week was a scorcher. I’m hoping this week will be a little cooler with the rain. I’m trying to gear myself up for the dog days of summer. The kids go back to school, traffic picks up, and I feel less and less like cooking. It’s time for big dinner salads, cold soups, lighter fare, and as much as possible on the grill. (no cleanup) .

    I like to use leftover corn that I’ve grilled previously. If using fresh, uncooked corn, you can char the outside in about 5 minutes over a gas flame.

    Roasted corn soup with avocado