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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Many youth are ineligible for military service

    Two-thirds of U.S. youth are unqualified to serve in the military, according to the Pentagon.

    The top shortcomings that restrict youth for being able to serve in the military are physical, behavioral issues, no high school diploma, prescription medicine for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, tattoos and ear gauge pierces.

  • Creative ways to increase your fruit and vegetable intake

    It’s healthy for us to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day but many of us don’t eat that many servings.

    Fruits and vegetables are important to our diet, because they provide necessary nutrients and are high in dietary fiber and low in calories, fat and cholesterol.

    The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that you make half your plate fruits and vegetables.