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Today's Opinions

  • When grandchildren become caregivers

    My daughter helps my mother frequently.

    She enjoys taking her grocery shopping, to get her hair cut, and other errands. They’ve made cookies together this holiday season. My daughter isn’t considered a caregiver, just a loving granddaughter. She lives about 15 minutes from my mother and I live about 15 hours away.

  • Cases show tough talk on guns rings hollow

    Column as I see ’em …

    The above classic from the New York Sun that I print each year generally gives me a week off from writing a column, but I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut this week about a couple of things that are boiling my beans.

    As those who regularly spend time with me here each week already know, I’m a proponent of the Second Amendment and hate it when would-be gun grabbers talk about creating more laws, particularly when the ones already on the books are so pathetically enforced.

  • 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.

  • Juror speaks out on Nutgrass verdict

    To the editor:

    The letter said to report for jury duty. I can do this, I told myself. I’m honest and would do my best to be fair. Little did I ever dream I would be in court until 10 p.m.

    Interesting? One of the jurors whispered to me, “This is so boring. I wish they would talk about something else.” Fat chance of that happening, I thought.

    To be real frank, it is the worst job I’ve ever had. Next time I have jury duty, I’ll relocate to Canada.

  • Apples, sweet potatoes make perfect pair

    Try something different this year when planning your holiday meals. Add more fruits and vegetables, which also adds more nutrition. Your family may love them and start a new tradition.

    Apples and sweet potatoes make a tasty combination. They are two of nature’s great nutritional gifts, and even the wrapping is edible. They are low in calories, fat, and sodium. They are cholesterol free and are an excellent source of fiber.

    They also contain many of the phyto-chemicals that research shows may play an important role in preventing disease.

  • YKK thankful for response

    To the editor:

    During the holiday season we often reflect on everything that we have to be thankful for. I want to publicly thank all the Anderson County residents who donated to our food and toy drive for Open Hands Food Pantry.

    The response from our community was overwhelming! I would also like to thank Walmart and their employees for allowing us to park our large box truck and solicit donations.

    In addition, Walmart was also generous enough to donate numerous items as well.

  • Churches going extra mile for Red Cross

    To the editor:

    This past Saturday, the American Red Cross held a class on operating a disaster shelter at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

    We had over 20 volunteer workers, all now members of the Red Cross.

    The volunteers were from St. Lawrence and Ninevah Christian Church, both of which are shelter sites. We also had 13 people who were from Sand Spring Baptist Church, who came because of miscommunication. Their class will be after Christmas, and I have to apologize for the mistake.

  • Hello, Rosie, goodbye stupid recycling bins

    Column as I see ’em …

    It was with no small amount of pleasure that I sat through a meeting Monday night that will drive yet another nail into the county’s recycling program, hopefully for good.

    A group called Bluegrass Greensource invited me to sit in, not as a reporter but as someone who might be willing to share his views on how to implement a program that calls for Republic Services to provide curbside pickup of recyclables.