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Today's Opinions

  • Send your Christmas photos to the News

    Perhaps the morning begins with the soft shuffling of socks tip-toeing down the stairs, drawn like pajama-clad moths to the Christmas tree glow.
    Your Christmas morning may erupt with a bang, not a whimper, with excited screams and noisy rustle of wrapping paper torn and hastily set aside.
    The holidays in the Downs family are more sedate these days, what with all of the formerly excitable children now grown-up and mature.  
    We resign ourselves to making silly faces during our annual dreaded photo shoot in front of the Christmas tree.

  • A sure-fire way to get kids to eat spinach

    The children at Head Start were eating spinach and enjoying it this week.
    At least most of them tried it and most of those who tried it, liked it.
    I prepared spinach salad with fruit. The recipe is below. The secret to getting them to eat the spinach is the strawberries. The surprise taste is the orange juice.
    Here are some tips for handling your child who is a choosy eater.  
    Don’t be a short order cook. Instead offer the same food for the entire family. Offer nutritious foods. Serve at least one food that your child will eat.

  • Carlson’s ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to shootings was in ‘poor taste’

    To the editor:
    Although only two weeks ago I was happy to see someone defend Mr. Carlson’s right to use the editorial column as a platform for his personal views, I think his recent self-styled rant regarding guns was in poor taste; it sounded like a hastily written knee-jerk reaction from the NRA rather than a sympathetic expression of a compassionate human being in the company of those dealing with a national tragedy.

  • Finding lasting peace when asking “Why?”

    Heinous. Vicious. Atrocious.
    None of those adjectives come close to describing the murder of 20 defenseless first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
    Incomprehensible.
    We simply can’t fathom how someone could be so sick, so deranged to force his way into an elementary school, the home of bright eyes, toothless smiles and looks of wonder.
    Just why?
    How could anyone methodically aim a gun at such innocence and pull a trigger? Not just once, but, according to reports, multiple times.

  • Recipes for healthier holiday breakfast

    Holiday breakfasts can be healthier. It is possible to eat well and feel satisfied with less fat and sodium.
    The recipes below are healthier versions of holiday favorites because they are lower in fat, sugar and sodium and higher in fiber.

    Breakfast Bake
    Serves 8            
    8 slices bread (white or whole wheat), crust trimmed, buttered with a low fat spread
    1/2 pound sausage, cooked thoroughly and crumbled, rinsing with hot water to remove more fat

  • Names enough for now

    The names of the children read like an honor roll list.
    Charlotte Bacon, 6
    Olivia Engel, 6
    Josephine Gay, 7
    Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
    Jack Pinto, 6
    Noah Pozner, 6
    Twenty children in all. An entire classroom-size group of students, not listed or honored for achieving good grades, but black and white names printed in memoriam of their deaths on the Sunday front page of the New York Times.
    I haven’t been able to get 27 names out of my head all weekend.

  • Assist others mourning losses this holiday season

    To the editor:
    2012 is winding down and across this great land we celebrate the Christmas holiday and prepare to usher in a new year.
    This is a joyous time of year for most of us as we soak up the sights, sounds, and scents of Christmas. The excitement in our children is contagious and the warmth of our families and friends coming together brings joy to our hearts. Many of my most precious memories as a child and adult originated from the splendor of this time of year.

  • Toys for Tots says thanks

    To the editor:
    We wish to extend our gratitude to all the generous people of Lawrenceburg for all of the donations of money and toys to the Toys for Tots program.
    Without your generous donations many children would not have a happy Christmas this year.
    A special thanks to Walmart of Lawrenceburg for allowing us to set up and collect toys.
    God bless to each and every family, and Merry Christmas and happy New Year.
    Lt. Presley O’Bannon
    Det. 1342, Marine Corps League of Frankfort and the Salvation Army