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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: WIC benefit available to those who qualify

    If you are pregnant, recently had a baby, are breastfeeding or have a child younger than 5 years of age, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) could help you.

    WIC is a short-term intervention program designed to influence lifetime nutrition and health behavior.

    WIC provides: nutrition education and services; breastfeeding promotion and education; a monthly food prescription of nutritious foods; and access to maternal, prenatal and pediatric health-care services.

  • COLUMN: Some good news about newspapers

    Column as I see ’em ...

    When it comes to news about newspapers, the news isn’t usually very good these days.

    Sometimes, though, we run across reasons to celebrate, and if this isn’t one of those reasons, I don’t know what is.

    We received a subscription renewal notice from a lady last week who for the past 47 years has made sure her son receives a copy of our paper each week.

  • COLUMN: A snipe hunt to remember

    Trash bags, flashlight, full moon and friends, that’s all you need.

    We took these when we went hunting in the middle of the night. It wasn’t funny at the time, but now that it’s over with I’ll tell you the story of my hunting trip, I’m sure it will bring a laugh or two.

  • COLUMN: Still learning life’s lessons

    At 24 and a little over two full years out of college, I still consider myself a student — of life, if nothing else.

    I hope I never stop learning because, as Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

    In an effort to keep my mind (and yours) young, I’ll share a few things I’ve learned recently.

  • COLUMN: Still just a small town girl

    Borrowing a line from Kellie Pickler, “I’m a small town girl/And that’s all I’ll ever be/I’m a small town girl/Hey, that’s alright with me.”

    I’m pretty sure Pineville is smaller than Lawrenceburg — my parents think Lawrenceburg feels a lot bigger — but I’ve always said Lawrenceburg feels like home, only without the mountains.

    Still, my point is that I’m also from “a town so small you don’t need a map,” and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  • COLUMN: Here’s what to do with your bountiful harvest

    Harvest season has begun.

    I picked my first tomatoes and squash last week and my partner farm started picking corn. Heaven on earth!

    There is nothing more delicious than fresh food from the garden, but you can’t eat it all at once. If you’re up to you elbows in peppers or squash, then roll up your sleeves.

    Storing the harvest can take many forms and it really depends on what you want to put up for the winter. Back in the olden days food was preserved in fat or oil, salt, vinegar or an alcoholic beverage.

  • EDITORIAL: County staring into a budgetary abyss

    Anderson County had budget reserves of around $1.2 million (depending on whom you ask) when Democrats booted former judge-executive Anthony Stratton from office in the May 2006 primary.

    Three budget years later, the county has budgeted to spend what remains of that amount and is staring into the abyss of a $600,000 budget shortfall next year (again, depending on whom you ask).

  • COLUMN: What, me worry?

    Four years, just four more years.

    Oh, no! Last week I sent off my postcard from the high school, letting them know I would be going for registration and getting acquainted with the classes and school.