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Today's Opinions

  • Proud of my wife and teachers just like her

    I probably don’t tell her enough, but I am beyond-words proud of the lady that looked me in the eye on that July afternoon and said, “I do.”

    She’s a teacher.

    She’s a public school teacher at that. And she is part of the most under-appreciated, misunderstood and wrongly maligned profession in the world today.

    Obviously, there are some people working in classrooms who probably should be doing something else. That’s true with any profession. But don’t lump the vast majority in the basket with the bad apples.

  • Beware prussic acid poisoning as frost nears

    Although prussic acid poisoning can occur anytime during the growing season, the greatest risk is usually associated with the first frost in Kentucky.

    The primary cause of hydrocyanic (prussic) acid poisoning in domestic animals is the ingestion of plants containing this potent toxin. Cyanide-producing compounds (cyanogenic glucosides) occurring in living plant cells are converted to prussic acid when cells are crushed or otherwise ruptured.

  • Don’t dismiss potatoes as a healthy meal choice

    Potatoes are not fattening. They are an inexpensive source of carbohydrates and fiber plus they are fat free. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B6.

    Potatoes have gotten a bad name from the company they keep. If you fry potatoes and add lots of butter and sour cream, then they aren’t a healthy choice. There are many healthy ways to prepare the ordinary potato.

  • Better mousetrap? Try duct tape, steel wool

    I love the way Mother Nature adapts us to her weather with a cold one day and hot the next.

    We’ve entered the all-season month. October gives us time to adjust to the coming cold and get all those outside chores done, before we start to hibernate, and we’re not alone. Lots of four legged critters are looking for their warm winter home.

  • Conway remains Anderson’s best choice for judge-executive

    To the editor:

    It’s nearly election time and I’m writing in support of our current county judge-executive, John Wayne Conway.

    I graduated with John Wayne and his high school sweetheart, Kathy Young Conway, from Western in 1973.

    They have two fine sons and now they also have those ever-so-precious grandchildren. They are just like you and me; they are hard working, love their family and love this county.

  • Time for ‘sentinels of democracy’ to fulfill duties

    To the editor:

    Our elected leaders in Washington are the only real threats to America.

    China will have a larger Navy than America in six years.

    While our elected leaders built bridges to nowhere, the Chinese were building warships paid for by American taxpayers. From Jan. 1 through Aug. 31, 2014, interest on our debt was $411,217,855,816.94. That amount times six years will pay for China’s navel expansion and buy munitions for the other nations that hold our debt and old grudges.

  • Sign law useless unless it’s enforced

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    I know I was gone for a while, but I’m sure I read somewhere (here) that the city council and fiscal court passed a new sign ordinance not long ago.

    This ordinance was supposed to be a masterpiece compared to the one it replaced, with clear language to make enforcement – and favoritism for those who know how to return favors – things of the past.

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