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Today's Opinions

  • Easy question, hard answer

    I probably ask more questions than I get answers.
    Because I’m sympathetic to those who want answers, I’m fairly good at answering questions.
    Except for one.
    “Do you like being a newspaper reporter?”
    Pause.
    Sometimes I really need to think about that one.
    Not that I dislike my job. I definitely don’t.
    But it feels wrong to talk about my job in a manner of liking.
    Liking is something you do on Facebook photos.
    I like eggplant lasagna.

  • Birdshot, booze case to be tough sell to jury

    Someone could have knocked me over with birdshot from 190 yards away last week when I learned that the trial is off for the man charged with hunting drunk and shooting Rex Burkhead.
    Just days before the trial against David Gaines was to begin, misdemeanor charges were ratcheted up to felonies after the case was presented to the grand jury.

  • Raised beds prevent gardening problems

    Minute by minute and hour by hour, we keep getting more sunlight every day.
    I love it and even though we fell back an hour, I just feel like I have a little more time to do things. Only one more week to go and spring will officially be here. Yea, is all I can say. Another growing season is about to begin.
    As someone who has been getting a lot of mud on her muck boots, it’s hard to even imagine a drought right now. I’ve been squishing and slipping all over the place while walking the farm with the dogs. It’s an evening ritual, now.

  • Canning a great way to preserve meat

    Canning meat is included in the food preservation workshop that I will be teaching April 13.
    Tommy Yankey, Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, will be teaching gardening basics during this first session April 13.
    The meat will be processing while we learn about gardening.
    I can meat because I’m a tent camper. There’s only so long fresh meat will keep in a cooler. I get tired of canned chili, tuna and salmon.

  • Residents give road crews ‘high five’

    To the editor:
    Our family would like to extend to the streets and roads crews a well overdue thank you to all of the workers who keep our roads safe and clear of ice and snow.
    Although we haven’t had much this winter, it is always a comfort to see a snow plow going up the road after bad weather.
    Although we live in the county, we believe the city streets are done just the same.
    These workers don’t get the thanks they deserve, but we want them to know how much their work means to us.
    God bless, and keep up the great work.

  • Questions answered on vehicle taxes, license plates

    Can I find out the amount that I paid last year in vehicle taxes?
    Before you call our office, look at your current registration receipt. The tax information is printed on it. If for some reason you don’t have it the registered owner (name on the title) can obtain this information.
    Our office doesn’t give out tax information over the phone due to the personal nature of the information and the lack of a way to verify the identification of the registered owner.

  • Spring moving in on us very quickly

    Coming home from work and still having daylight is such a treat. The new norm is taking the dogs for a walk right after I get home.
    It sure works the kinks out and we all love it.
    We’ve been rambling all over the farm, looking for signs of wildlife and keeping an eye on everything showing new life.
    Inside the orchard fence, the hardy kiwi look like they are ready to form up buds. My cherry tree is budding and so is a peach and pear.
    The phlox is greening up and my roses are putting on new growth.

  • 30 seconds to understanding

    Harlem Shake.
    Reading these two words may have just produced the following thoughts:
    What in the world is the Harlem Shake?
    Is that a new beverage?
    Wow, you’re writing about the Harlem Shake videos? That was like, so Feb. 2.
    Yes, I am writing about the Harlem Shake meme.
    Not because I want to appear cool (which I am certainly not), or in step with contemporary youth culture (which I am certainly not).