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Today's Opinions

  • It’s Japanese Beetle season so be prepared: consider these tips

    There have been two reports of Japanese beetle sightings for 2014: late last week from Lyon County and early this week from Franklin County.

    The beetles will continue to emerge over the next 2 weeks or so, especially following a soil softening rain.

    Individual beetles live for about 5 weeks; the season usually lasts for six to eight weeks, peaking in mid-July.

    Management

    Many insecticides are labeled for use against adult Japanese beetles, if control is needed.

  • Avoiding property tax penalties and other need to know information

    By Jason Denny

    County Clerk

    As property owners, we all dread the October mailing of tax bills.

    Over the past several years, our office has received questions regarding the process that goes into the assessment, calculation and collection of these bills. I thought this month was a good time to address this very issue.

  • 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.

  • Worship God, not the world’s idols and morality standards

    It was a year on June 26 since the Supreme Court of the United States issued their landmark rulings regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

    To say there were ripple effects would be inaccurate; it would be more precise to say that there have been waves of change across our nation since then.

    The rulings were not merely about whether or not gay people can legally marry. They paint a bigger picture. They are part of a larger narrative that humanity began to write the day our first parents willfully chose to disobey their Creator (Genesis 2 -3).

  • Hamilton got it right: recycling is, indeed, a worthwhile effort

    This is in response to Chris Hamilton’s article about recycling in The Anderson News Extra. I wholeheartedly agree that recycling does not have to produce an income to justify making it a priority.

    I admit that, for most of my life, I did not recycle and it has only become a priority in the last few years. I’m appreciative of the bins that have been placed in the Kroger parking lot. That is very helpful!

    I had been taking my recyclables to Lexington and putting them in the bins at the Good Foods Coop on Southland Drive.

  • ‘Thanks for Nuthin’ cartoon was an offensive spin on an 11-year war

    Last Wednesday’s paper had me steaming. Terry Wise’s cartoon showing Obama saying “Thanks for nuthin” at a military grave was neither funny nor ironic. Political cartoons are supposed to be one or the other or both.

    It is a gross oversimplification to blame Obama for an 11-year war that is more complicated than most Americans understand. And why does Obama say the word “nuthin”? Is there a meaning to this? It’s not very sensitive to people of color.

  • You admit your mamma was a hater, too
  • Memories are made at county fair

    I recall a young fellow huffing about the upcoming county fair where I was living several years ago.

    That cornball thing is a waste of time, he opined.

    I smiled at the poor misguided youth and told him that he’d completely missed the point. The fair, I said, was a field of opportunity.

    You can see sights you rarely see, eat foods you’d rarely eat and meet people you might never meet otherwise.