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Today's Opinions

  • Obtaining agricultural credit in troubled times

    Much has been said about the availability of credit in today’s world of troubled markets, failing businesses and loan losses.

    Credit is certainly still available, but in seeking a loan you need to visit your prospective lender armed with a proposal that is reasonable and easily understood by the loan officer.

    You need to address, in a written business plan, what are referred to as the “Five Cs of Credit,” namely character, capacity, conditions, capital and collateral.

    Character

  • Spring’s only seven Wednesdays away

    Are you getting the itch? Join the crowd.

    February is almost here and seeds will soon hit the dirt. It doesn’t matter that the dirt is in pots.

    Whether you want to be the first on the block to harvest or you just want to lower your grocery bill ASAP, you can get a head start by starting from seeds or cuttings.

    If you brought some plants inside to overwinter then you can start some cuttings now in pots. Good potting soil and sharp scissors are a good start. A rooting compound is helpful but not essential.

  • Here’s to an open government

    Last week I wrote about the reasons I got into journalism and the reasons why I stay. In that column, I also stated that I believe people have a right to be informed and, at the very least, you deserve to know what’s going on around you.

    Well, praise God, we finally have a president who agrees with me — at least to a certain extent.

    One of President Barack Obama’s first duties in office was to issue a memo encouraging government agencies to better comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

  • COLUMN - Everything I do, I do for you

    One of the questions people — everyone from third-graders to those holding doctorate degrees — most often ask me is “How did you get into this? How did you end up in journalism?”

    I always answer them honestly, but it occurred to me as I was placing subscriptions to Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Glamour that I might never have answered that question for you, my wonderful, faithful readers. (You’ll see why that magazine part was important in just a second.)

  • COLUMN - Meet my buddy, Jack

    Times being what they are, it’s a fair bet that most of us (if we are willing to be honest) would be quick to pocket a lottery ticket we found on the floor — and the cash it produced were it a winner.

    After all, what are you going to do with a found lottery ticket? Go around asking people if it belongs to them?

    Not everyone thinks that way, especially Jack Patel, a man I’m proud to say is a friend who is as honest as the day is long.

  • COLUMN - Tinctures, poultices have worked as cures for centuries

    I’m so glad we live in Kentucky — it’s a whole lot colder in other places.

    I can’t even imagine 42 degrees below zero, like it was in Minnesota. On the bright side, kids up there have a great time throwing water up into the air and watching it freeze and come down like little diamonds. Give me my wood stove, hot chocolate and a book and I can get along just fine, all day, inside.

  • No excuses on boil water letdown

    The lead letter to the editor on this page speaks poorly of city officials and The Anderson News.

    Frankly, each of us has failed in our missions: the city by not using all available resources to notify the public of a potential health problem; the paper by not effectively doing its job to find out about those problems and let you know.

    Rest assured that will not continue to happen on the newspaper’s part and, hopefully, the city’s.

  • Getting a 'Wii' bit more fit

    Exercise and video games are two things I’ve never really been able to get in to.

    I know that exercising for the sake of exercising is something that everyone should do, but I’ve never been able to continuously, on some sort of schedule make myself exercise just because it’s good for me. Back in high school, I did plenty of exercise disguised in the form of cheerleading practice, but that was because it was exercise in disguise. I had to do it or be a bad cheerleader, and the latter just wasn’t going to happen.