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Today's Opinions

  • Raising kids nowadays difficult for kids of ‘80s

    Being a kid of the 1980s makes it a bit more difficult to raise children born post 9/11. There are so many differences in the world that have occurred since we were children.
    One of the biggest being that, in the 80s we didn’t have cell phones. You got a quarter to call your mom from a payphone (and yes, there were payphones everywhere) to pick you up from the mall or the arcade.

  • Governor’s budget contains ‘smoke and mirrors’

    Last Tuesday, Gov. Bevin proposed his 24-month spending strategy. On the surface, his budget looks reasonable and responsible. However, once we started digging deeper, we found cuts to education, human services, and other programs Kentuckians depend upon to have long-lasting ripple effects in our communities.

  • Pro-life legislation passes House

    This week in Frankfort proved to be not only fruitful, but historic for the Kentucky House of Representatives. For the first time in more than 12 years, debate and a floor vote was allowed on a pro-life piece of legislation. Senate Bill 4, commonly known as the informed consent bill, passed the House by a vote of 92-3.

  • Daughter’s homecoming to include grits

    My daughter has been in California for the last 18 months. She’s coming home in a few weeks and has already requested cheese grits for her first breakfast at home.
    Grits are certainly not as common in California. I might try the recipe below, which is a Kentucky favorite with country ham and grits. Add some broccoli to this recipe and it ups the nutritional value.
    Sounds weird, but I think it’s delicious and I’m not a fan of country ham.

  • Recapping the 2015 beef market

    Recently, I attended the Agricultural Economic Outlook for 2016 presented by specialists in the College of Agriculture Agricultural Economics Department.
    While there, they also discussed the 2015 cattle market and offered some thoughts as to why we saw such a drastic change from spring to fall. Below is a summary of their explanation of why this occurred.
    Let’s start with the basics.

  • Turning your problems over to God is difficult, but worth it

    Since my friend Mike has been sober, he’s taken me to one of his AA meetings every so often.
    I don’t struggle with alcohol, but I have my own compulsions and obsessions. In my opinion, every one of us is addicted to something and that those somethings can and do change, sometimes daily.
    Simplyput, it’s about running from God and to everything and anything that’s not God. Some of our somethings are more socially acceptable and less physically damaging than other somethings, like drugs or alcohol, but they all play havoc with our souls.

  • Snow days are perfect days to indulge

    I could write you a column this week full of healthy recipes I made during this snowy week but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate. You see, in my house, there is something about snow days and holidays that are very similar. They both have an “anything goes” feeling.

  • Tips for those raising grandchildren

    Are you a grandparent who is raising a child with drug-abusing parents? You likely know that you are filling an essential role of protection for that child by providing a healthy, safe and loving place for him to grow.  At last count, there were 352 other grandparents in Anderson County who were raising their grandchildren.