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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Democrats aren’t Kentucky’s future

    To the editor:

    As we enjoyed our Christmas with above average temperatures, all the folks I came into contact with remarked how happy they were with the warm weather, particularly after the past two brutally cold winters.

    I then thought maybe this global warming nonsense might be true.

    Wouldn’t it be great to grow food later in the year and feed the hungry?

    But alas, like every other liberal Democrat promise, it was short-lived.

  • Let’s elect next highway foreman

    Column as I see ’em …

    With county highway foreman Billy Powell Catlett retiring soon, this is the perfect opportunity for Anderson County to lead the way in making that an elected position.

    That might sound crazy, calling for yet another political office, but it’s actually the sanest and most logical way to have that office function.

  • 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.

  • Vaccine good first step to prevent calf scours

    Neonatal calf diarrhea is defined as scours when it occurs within the first three weeks of a calf’s life.

    Bacteria, viruses and parasites can attack the lining of the calf’s intestine and cause diarrhea.

    The decrease in absorption of essential nutrients from milk leads to weight loss and dehydration. If the disease level is severe, calves often die, but even calves that survive will perform poorly for the remainder of their lives when compared to healthy calves.

  • Need a healthful hobby? Try gardening

    Happy 2016 to all. The holidays are over and life is returning to what passes for normal. For some, this is a depressing time of year. May I recommend gardening? Gardening is one of the most healthful hobbies you can have.

    Though just starting seeds indoors doesn’t provide for much physical activity, it will potentially lower your blood pressure, increase your mental acuity and reduce your stress. And there is also the reward factor of watching positive growth.