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Today's Opinions

  • Hellard took me from a broken home, raised me as her own

    To the editor:

    I was about 7-years-old when Marie Hellard got custody of me. I pretty much lived with her most weekends before that. At 7-years-old, you don’t see or understand the reason you got separated from your parents. You don’t know that drugs and things of that nature are bad because you have been raised around it since you were born.

  • Teen’s friends can have positive, negative impact

    The teenage years can be rough on teens and parents, as young people strive for independence and parents learn how and when to let go.

    One of the most common stresses teens feel is influence from their friends. While teens want to be independent, they also seek acceptance and advice from their friends.

    As children move from middle elementary into pre-teen years, they begin to devote more time to their friends than their family members.

  • A lesson learned in being prepared

    Tiller saved the farm. It started out as a typical evening. I came home, fed the dogs, loaded and started the dishwasher and then went out and dug sweet potatoes. I came in about dusk, changed into my lounge pajamas, loaded a DVD and ate a bowl of chili. That’s when Tiller started talking.

  • Beware prussic acid poisoning as frost nears

    Although prussic acid poisoning can occur anytime during the growing season, the greatest risk is usually associated with the first frost in Kentucky.

    The primary cause of hydrocyanic (prussic) acid poisoning in domestic animals is the ingestion of plants containing this potent toxin. Cyanide-producing compounds (cyanogenic glucosides) occurring in living plant cells are converted to prussic acid when cells are crushed or otherwise ruptured.

  • Don’t dismiss potatoes as a healthy meal choice

    Potatoes are not fattening. They are an inexpensive source of carbohydrates and fiber plus they are fat free. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B6.

    Potatoes have gotten a bad name from the company they keep. If you fry potatoes and add lots of butter and sour cream, then they aren’t a healthy choice. There are many healthy ways to prepare the ordinary potato.

  • Better mousetrap? Try duct tape, steel wool

    I love the way Mother Nature adapts us to her weather with a cold one day and hot the next.

    We’ve entered the all-season month. October gives us time to adjust to the coming cold and get all those outside chores done, before we start to hibernate, and we’re not alone. Lots of four legged critters are looking for their warm winter home.

  • Conway remains Anderson’s best choice for judge-executive

    To the editor:

    It’s nearly election time and I’m writing in support of our current county judge-executive, John Wayne Conway.

    I graduated with John Wayne and his high school sweetheart, Kathy Young Conway, from Western in 1973.

    They have two fine sons and now they also have those ever-so-precious grandchildren. They are just like you and me; they are hard working, love their family and love this county.

  • Time for ‘sentinels of democracy’ to fulfill duties

    To the editor:

    Our elected leaders in Washington are the only real threats to America.

    China will have a larger Navy than America in six years.

    While our elected leaders built bridges to nowhere, the Chinese were building warships paid for by American taxpayers. From Jan. 1 through Aug. 31, 2014, interest on our debt was $411,217,855,816.94. That amount times six years will pay for China’s navel expansion and buy munitions for the other nations that hold our debt and old grudges.