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Today's Opinions

  • A deal almost too good to be true

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    I can’t help but marvel at the unbelievably good deal the group that sold the industrial park property to the EDA received — a deal that is certain to get even sweeter over time.

    I have all the documents on how the deal went down and even I can barely believe it!

  • Keep pesticides safely stored this winter

    Generally, manufacturers recommend a two-year storage period for pesticides. However, storage times vary with active ingredient, formulation, type of container, and storage conditions.

    Get the most out of carry-over products by carefully reading the storage and disposal section of each label for pesticides that you store over the winter.

    Proper pesticide storage

    Proper pesticide storage keeps people safe and preserves your investment. Buy carefully to avoid having large volumes of products to store from one season to another.

  • Venison is tasty fresh, canned or dried

    Venison adds variety to meals. When properly handled in the field and at home, it’s tasty and less expensive than other meats.

    It can be eaten fresh or preserved for use throughout the year. It can be frozen as steaks, roasts or sausage or preserved by canning or drying.

  • Hellard took me from a broken home, raised me as her own

    To the editor:

    I was about 7-years-old when Marie Hellard got custody of me. I pretty much lived with her most weekends before that. At 7-years-old, you don’t see or understand the reason you got separated from your parents. You don’t know that drugs and things of that nature are bad because you have been raised around it since you were born.

  • When misinformation leads to mistrust

    As Americans, we often rely on the expertise of others to make an informed decision. If you have cancer, you visit an oncologist to give you variety of options on how to treat the disease. If you car isn’t running properly, you take it to a mechanic. If you have chronic soreness and stiffness, people often visit a chiropractor. With the same logic, we trust the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be experts in the spread of contagions and limiting the spread of contagious diseases such as Ebola.

  • Nightmare brewing for local Democrats?

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    If the interviews I’ve conducted over the past couple of weeks are any indication, Thursday’s candidate forum at the middle school has the potential to be informative and entertaining.

  • Teen’s friends can have positive, negative impact

    The teenage years can be rough on teens and parents, as young people strive for independence and parents learn how and when to let go.

    One of the most common stresses teens feel is influence from their friends. While teens want to be independent, they also seek acceptance and advice from their friends.

    As children move from middle elementary into pre-teen years, they begin to devote more time to their friends than their family members.

  • A lesson learned in being prepared

    Tiller saved the farm. It started out as a typical evening. I came home, fed the dogs, loaded and started the dishwasher and then went out and dug sweet potatoes. I came in about dusk, changed into my lounge pajamas, loaded a DVD and ate a bowl of chili. That’s when Tiller started talking.