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Today's Opinions

  • Debunking myth of gender roles

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the suicide of transgender Ohio teen Josh Alcorn who renamed himself Leelah.

    The 17-year-old reportedly died after being hit by a tractor-trailer while walking along a highway near her home Sunday, Dec. 28. Her suicide note had more than 200,000 shares on tumblr.

  • Figuring out ‘use-by’ dates

    Many of us are familiar with the “sell-by,” “best if used by” and “use-by” dates that appear on food products. These dates are expiration dates that provide information on the quality of products purchased.

    Many consumers do not use or throw away products that have passed these dates. Knowing what these dates mean help consumers make better decisions on product quality, product safety, what to keep, what to toss and when.

    Types of dates

  • Pressure on next year for great gift giver

    I pride myself on thoughtful gift giving. I believe that everyone has a Christmas talent.

    My mother and husband can wrap presents with the precision that would rival any North Pole elf. My sister-in-law Jessica is the queen of holiday cocktails and fun group activities like board games, cards and trivia. My father’s holiday talent is fairly new. He’s learned to shop for mom without my help after I moved to Kentucky nearly three years ago.

  • How to manage high tunnel insect pests

    While growers can potentially find any type of insect pest in the high tunnel, whiteflies and thrips are the most common, and the most troublesome.

    In addition to insects, several species of mites are serious and common pests. These pests have several characteristics in common that makes them difficult to manage, including multiple generations per cropping cycle and small body size (thus, they are hard to find when populations are low). In addition, there are relatively few pesticides that are effective against these pests.

  • Make 2015 a year of good things

    Another year ends as a new year begins. Think of all the possibilities ahead of us. It’s only 365 days, but we sure pack a lot of life into them. Before all the merriment begins, I’d like to remind you of some very important things you should do today.

  • Plenty of options for the lactose intolerant

    Lactose intolerance is a common disorder that affects adults.

    About 75 percent of all people in the world have too little lactase to some degree. If you’re African-American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American, you are more likely to have it.

    Lactose intolerance isn’t the same as a food allergy to milk. It means the body can’t easily digest lactose, which is a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Editor’s note: The following was written by Francis P. Church and was first published in The New York Sun in 1897. Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April, 1906, leaving no children.

    Virginia O’Hanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21.

    Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died on May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, New York.

  • Strange Christmas news

    I decided what better way to celebrate the Christmas season than a collection of weird news to gather with your family to laugh and/or scratch your head at.

    In Riverdale, New Jersey a man dressed as “the elf on the shelf” was charged with driving while intoxicated Friday, according to the Associated Press. Police say they found Brian Chellis passed out behind the wheel with lights on and music blaring. He reportedly seemed confused and there was an open can of beer found in the vehicle.