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Today's Opinions

  • No good answers for laziness

    Let’s face it. We’re lazy.
    Not just Anderson County, but the entire nation.
    Millions of dollars have been spent to study how easily and efficiently we become lazy.
    Who knows how much has been charged to credit card accounts so we can get the physique and fearless reputation of Chuck Norris.  
    The University of Wisconsin’s Population Institute recently released its 2012 study on the County Health Rankings, including Anderson County.

  • Modern version of ‘let me see your pay-pahs’

    It’s like your teenage daughter coming home and announcing she’s just a little bit pregnant.
    Of course there’s no such thing, nor is there a “minor” violation of the Constitution.
    Pretty heady declaration, I know, particularly when former Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist declared police roadblocks “minor” violations of the Fourth Amendment — you know, the pesky one that deals with unlawful search and seizure — but allowed them to continue out of concern for public safety.

  • Good Friday is a great day to start potato plants

    I’ve discovered one down side to the mild winter. I didn’t get much of a workout and neither did the dogs.
    I got into “full garden mode” a couple of weeks ago and Spanky and Tiller joined in to help. Keep in mind that most everything is done by hand with a lot of swinging and digging and trips up the hill.
    The dogs follow my every step, with the exception of a rabbit run or two, and I take a lot of steps. Do you know that those fur balls had the nerve to sleep in the next day!

  • Be aware of warning signs of depression

    Depression affects older adults more than most people realize.
    Extension Homemakers in Anderson County and throughout the Fort Harrod area have been learning about depression.  
    The goal of the program is three fold:  
    Recognize signs of clinical depression and seek treatment.
    Reduce the stigma associated with having depression.
    Provide support for loved ones who experience depression.

  • Plug in, tweet and be heard

    Can you tell me how we can improve Anderson County in 140 characters or less?
    Now you can.
    Some authors wrote entire novels based on exposure on Twitter.
    Others, like the president, have even held town hall meetings by responding to questions via tweet.
    The Anderson News isn’t looking to write the next Great American novel, or throw a hat into the presidential ring.
    We’re simply offering another chance for readers to become an integral part of the news making process — a few hashtags and sentences at a time.

  • Don’t rejoice yet over low unemployment

    Column as I see ’em …
    The old adage that figures lie and liars figure has never been truer than it is today, especially when it’s the government doing the figuring.
    Each month I receive unemployment data from the state’s office of employment and training, and it’s about as useful as tickets to have watched Louisville play in Monday’s NCAA finals.
    This month’s data claim that unemployment fell in 111 of Kentucky’s 120 counties when comparing this February to last.

  • Lose weight, lower your risk for type 2 diabetes

    You don’t have to knock yourself out to lower your risk – in fact, the findings of a major study show that modest weight loss can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half.
    Here are some proven small steps developed by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to help you make gradual lifestyle changes to lose weight safely and keep it off.

    Small step No. 1

  • Bagdad days to celebrate heroes

    To the editor:
    I am writing to inform the public of a community event that will honor Kentucky’s military heroes.
    On May 12, Bagdad Days, a community event sponsored by Bagdad Baptist Church, will be celebrating 20 years.  As part of this celebration, the community will pay special honor to those Kentucky individuals who have served in military combat for our country.