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Today's Opinions

  • New recycling system inconvenient

    To the editor:
    I visited the new recycling bin at Walmart today and saw that I would have to take my unsorted recycling from bin to bin and sort it at the site in the hot sun. Plus, I couldn’t reach the bin doors to open them.
    I brought it all home and put it in the regular trash.
    Will people who didn’t recycle when it was picked up at their house now get excited about recycling and schlep it to one of the centers?

  • Take appropriate precautions this summer when heat is on

    The heat is on! No, I’m not referring to the recent NBA championship of the Miami Heat basketball team, but rather the high heat index across Kentucky this summer.
    The recent heat wave accompanied by high humidity has created a dangerous environment in Central Kentucky and in Anderson County. At least one heat related death has already been reported in the state this year.

  • Bankruptcy, poor health and life without electricity

    Let’s call them Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
    They live in Anderson County.
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith may be your neighbors.
    Mr. Smith will be 65 in August.
    Mrs. Smith is 62.
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith don’t want to be identified by their real names because of you, their neighbors.
    “We don’t want to be looked down on,” Mrs. Smith told me last week.
    Don’t want to appear like they’re looking for a free handout, they said.

  • Gardening offers control of nutrition

    Life on the farm is filled with antics and anecdotes and all I have to do is watch.
    Well, I do occasionally stand in as a humane scratching post for Zeus, the newest member of the family. At 95 pounds, he is a mountain of muscle with a profound preference for butt rubbing.
    Spanky is half his weight, but pure muscle as well.
    To watch those two go racing down the hill to chase some critter, be it rabbit, bird or butterfly, is a spectacle all its own. It’s like watching greyhounds race.

  • Saudi prince doesn’t like fracking, either

    There will be plenty of dire predictions and scary scenarios on tap when the fiscal court hosts a meeting Tuesday to allow residents to share their views about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.
    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Extension office in the county park.

  • Teach children to ‘follow the money’

    Back to school shopping is happening now. School supplies are in the stores and most families are looking at clothes. Back to school shopping is second to holiday shopping as the busiest season of the year.

  • Wake up and start recycling

    To the editor:
    If you had to bury your trash and garbage in your own back yard, would you recycle?
    I often ask this question, especially to those I know do not recycle. The answer I usually get is, “Of course.”  
    I continue my questioning with, “Well, then, why do you not recycle now?” The answers are varied: I do  
    not want to sort all that stuff. I do not a have a blue recycle bin. It’s too much trouble. The list gets longer. None of these reasons can be substantiated.

  • Recipe good use of blackberries, peaches

    The peak season for blackberries in Kentucky is June and July. Look for firm, dry berries whether you are picking or purchasing.
    Avoid containers that are stained because that may indicate crushed or overripe berries.
    Blackberries should be shiny and black. Avoid berries that have a dull appearance or have a reddish color. Moisture will increase spoilage. Don’t wash berries until you are ready to use them.