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Today's Opinions

  • Taking away the car keys: Talking first will help the transition

    The number of older drivers is on the rise.

    The number of adult children who are concerned about their parent’s driving ability and safety on the road is increasing.

    It’s hard to start a conversation about taking away the car keys. Caregivers worry about upsetting the parent and may not have access to alternative transportation.

    This isn’t a new subject but it just hasn’t gotten any easier to have this discussion.

  • Corn earworm can present a serious risk to several crops

    Corn earworms can be a serious pest of a number of crops, including sweet corn, tomatoes (a.k.a. tomato fruitworm), field corn and soybeans (a.k.a. soybean podworm).

    In years following a mild winter, we can have high levels of corn earworm that are able to survive in our soils as immatures. The result can be high populations early in the year. 

    However, this past winter we did not have a mild winter due to the Polar Vortex. So, overwintering survival of corn earworm was very low, and early season risk should be very low.

  • Overly complicated processes don’t make for an autism-friendly world

    The world is getting too complicated.

    Used to be you could scan and print a page at the library and pay for it in less than 30 seconds. Today, it takes about 5 minutes because the alleged better is so complicated one needs a 4.5 minute training course to use it.

    Takes about 20 steps just to print a page. It used to be you put paper in scanner/printer, close lid, put money in slot, hit ‘scan’, don’t forget original. Five steps, easy enough for this autistic brain to handle.

  • Kentucky’s stance on marriage has changed drastically, God’s hasn’t

    Last week, federal Judge John G. Heyburn II struck down as unconstitutional an amendment to our state constitution that made it illegal for Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages or perform civil unions.

    The amendment, which was approved by 75 percent of Kentucky voters in 2006, reads, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky.

    A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”

  • Reasons visitors want to come here…and just don’t know it yet

    Bravo to Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway for taking steps last week to revive the quiet local tourism commission.

    Conway appointed new members and re-appointed others in an effort to keep the county commission alive and, hopefully, renew its efforts to generate visitor traffic.

  • Managing the Asian tiger mosquito is important, particularly now

    The Asian tiger mosquito is a serious nuisance at best and a potential public health threat at worst.

    This aggressive day-biting mosquito prefers mammals, such as humans, cats, dogs, etc., but will occasionally feed on birds.

    It is capable of transmitting 30 viruses and the dog heartworm. This accidentally introduced species probably occurs throughout Kentucky.

    The ATM  (Figure 1) can carry the chikungunya virus, which has been in the news lately.

  • Prepare for fall garden planting... and try fried some pickles

    Here we are in our seventh month and if your green thumb has worked, as a gardener you should be in seventh heaven!

    The harvest season is on! Thankfully, we have more than 14 hours of daylight in which to do it.

    Those of us who plant for the pantry are beginning preparations for the fall garden now.

    Yes, I know you have planted your summer garden but it is time to plant another one if you like peas, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.

  • Include ‘superfood’ blueberries in your diet with this recipe

    Blueberries are delicious and healthy. They are labeled a super food because of their high antioxidant content, fiber and vitamins.

    In the last 5 years, there have been reliable studies that support the health benefits of blueberries. Citations for these studies are available at the Anderson County Extension Office.

    One finding is that blueberries can improve memory.

    After 12 weeks of daily blueberry consumption, older adults showed improvement on two different tests of cognitive function, including memory.