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Today's Opinions

  • To put it simply, Christians are expected to care for orphans

    By Brian Owens

    May is National Foster Care Awareness month.

    According to the most recent statistics from the National Foster Care Coalition, nearly 400,000 children are currently in foster care, with almost 7,000 of those in Kentucky.

    Out of this number, many will eventually be reunified with their family members once it is seemed safe to do so (51 percent in 2012), while others will wait and age out of the system, having never had the blessing of being the member of a loving family.

  • Face the music... you racist %@#*#!
  • UK Extension Service classes offer great education about depression

    By Joan Martin

    Depression can be fatal. No one would let a broken leg go untreated.

    However, any number of people will say that depression will pass so why should I do anything. The truth is that, while depression might lift after a period of time, symptoms will return more quickly next time and may be more severe.

    The University of Kentucky Extension Service offers a six-session series on depression. Each session targets a specific group and can stand alone as a presentation.

    The program objectives are to help participants:

  • Pay attention: protective measures against ticks help protect against disease

    By Tommy Yankey

    Ticks are climbing on low growing vegetation in and along trails in wooded areas as they seek their first blood meal of the year.

    Many tick species can carry diseases. The incidence of tick-borne diseases in Kentucky is low. However, reducing exposure to ticks, using available protective methods, and regular inspection for, and removal of, ticks are good habits and key actions to protect your health.

    Preventative Measures

    To re-duce the possibility of being bitten by ticks and other blood-feeding arthropods, you should:

  • Fences might stop critters but human hair ‘marks’ space

    I am lovin this weather! Anything in the 80’s is perfect for me and my garden.

    I have been planting whenever I have a spare minute. I like to space out planting. That doesn’t mean that I just put my mind in another place. It’s officially called succession planting and it means I wait about 10 days to plant another row of beans or squash or cukes.

    It works well for me and my customers at the stand.

    Since my time is very tight, and the stand will only be open on Saturdays, I don’t want everything coming on at once.

  • Take pride in this initiative to showcase Anderson County

    What a treat it is to witness inspiration fuel action. I’ve always believed that, particularly in small communities, the best initiatives are those born from grass roots efforts.

    One such initiative is springing to life in Anderson County. On the outside, it might appear to be little more than a fun project connected to a fun event.

    Much deeper, it’s the beginning of a movement to lift Anderson County out of the shadows and show the rest of the world what a great place it is for visiting, working and living.

    Here’s the lowdown.

  • Thanking Mom never seems to be enough

    by Stan Head

    It is nearly that time again, Mother’s Day, a time when we join as a country to celebrate the extraordinary role our moms have played in our lives and try to somehow match that up with a six dollar Mother’s Day cards from Walmart.

    It was so much easier as a kid. A couple sheets of construction paper, macaroni, glitter and glue and Hallmark didn’t have a thing on me!

  • Here’s hoping that April showers give way to beautiful May flowers

    Well, we sure had plenty of April showers so let’s bring on the May flowers! Named after the Roman goddess off spring and growth, Maia, May brings out all kinds of life. Of course, that means lots of little critters are springing onto the scene as well.

    A couple of Sundays ago, I put on shorts and sandals to wash the dogs. It took me about 40 minutes to wash all three. Later, I found out I had four chigger bites. I should know better.