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Today's Opinions

  • Uncovering the secrets of the motherhood

    They don’t hold hands, swaying back and forth in an unbroken circle to summon ancient powers of parenthood.
    Mothers hold other, tiny hands in the grocery store.
    Mostly to keep those same hands from grabbing large, powdery bags of flour and dumping them on the floor.
    They walk beside tricycles as plastic wheels rumble across pavement.
    They wipe their own eyes watching the same tricyclist, now grown up, walk across the stage at graduation or down the aisle.

  • Clover in yard keeps pests out of garden

    This Sunday is the full flower moon and Mother Nature has gone all out to decorate. I simply love watching all the wildflowers show their colors on the farm and along the roadside.
    While most of the wild phlox purples have faded, hairy vetch still offers its royal colors.
    The snow white blossoms of the brambles are hanging all for all their worth. Add to that the fields of white clover surrounding the wild roses, all in a sea of green, and my canvas is complete.

  • Obama should run for different presidency

    To the editor:
    In recent weeks I have watched the news and special events going on for the re-election of [President] Obama and I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, he should run and be nominated but for something other then the president of the United States.
    I think he would make an excellent candidate for the Screen Actor’s Guild (now known as SAG-AFTRA), and should make a run to become the president of that labor union.

  • Running for city council? Here’s your platform

    Raise your hand if your pay is automatically increased each year based on the consumer price index.
    Don’t feel bad if you didn’t because few if any businesses or government agencies would even consider awarding pay raises based solely on the cost of living going up.
    Among those few is the Lawrenceburg City Council and its mayor. That bunch has been giving itself pay increases for the past six years not based on the job they have done, but instead on the cost of living. That’s it, nothing more.

  • Eating smart this summer will help control your diabetes

    Summer is just around the corner, and it seems as if everyone is thinking about getting in shape, hitting the pool or beach and buying those sandals and sunglasses.  Just remember, with all those summer barbeques and family reunions coming up, you have to keep your eating habits in shape, too.
    Making healthy food choices, even while on vacation, is a key step to staying healthy, feeling better and most importantly keeping your diabetes in control.

  • Extension offers information for weather-watchers, too

    I work with weather watchers. Farmers need to watch the weather to produce good outcomes for crops and protect livestock under certain conditions. Decisions in agriculture are based on many factors including the weather, genetics, and economics.

  • Looking for life in weekly obituaries

    I love reading obituaries.
    Not because I am happy to learn that someone died.
    But because it’s an entire epic novel squeezed into miniature, tracing life from birth to death.
    It’s Homer’s Odyssey compressed down to the time it takes to read a haiku.
    Is this morbid fascination? I don’t think so.
    For one instant, in a few, compact lines, we learn that someone’s ordinary life wasn’t so ordinary.
    Read between the lines.
    We have more in common with the dead than you’d think.

  • Leaders should follow the rules, too

    To the editor:
    When some business tenants of mine were forced to obtain a conditional use permit, they pointed out that one of our county officials, Jason Denny, doesn’t have one for his own home-based business.
    Denny, our county clerk and a former magistrate, has operated his lawn care business for years from his home. It seems to me that it would be virtually impossible for him not to know he needed a permit to operate a business from his home.