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Today's Opinions

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  • Easy tips to avoid excessive leftovers

    I don’t like leftovers, especially baked goods.

    There are easy ways to prepare food so there is less leftover. Packaged foods, including pasta salad mixes, macaroni and cheese, one dish meal boxes, cake mixes, and similar items can be prepared by making just a portion of the box.

    You can also make a smaller batch of cookies, cakes, casseroles, rolls, bread, etc.

  • Stink bugs on the rise in Kentucky fields

    Certainly this is the time to be checking your soybeans for the presence of stink bugs.

    I have not noticed economically important problems in the beans I have sampled, but stink bugs are certainly common and our light traps have been capturing very large numbers compared to previous years.

  • Obama golfs, attends weddings, fundraisers while ISIS crisis sizzles

    To the editor:

    Soon, we as registered voters will be casting our ballots for political appointments, I would ask that you consider something.

    The current Obama administration has proven to you that there is no leadership and the president proclaims to the world that … “I must consult congress because currently we have no strategy to combat ISIS (ISIL).”  While international terror confronts the minds of many, Obama is able to plan his fundraisers, weddings and other social events, including golf daily.

  • Save bucks this winter by canning your own veggies

    It’s “close” outside, as Grandma would say. Close is the term she used for humid. I have no idea why, but it does feel like someone wrapped you in a damp towel. I will be glad when the humidity drops, but not the temperature.

  • City’s restaurant tax still a very bad idea

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    The old saw that when the cat’s away the mice will play is sadly all too true.

    After spending years beating back the misguided notion that taxing restaurants will somehow attract tourists — who doesn’t want to pay more for food? — those bent on some kind of a weird restaurant tax caliphate quickly got up to their old tricks not long after I left this job in February for one in New Mexico.

  • 09-10 No Energy Cartoon
  • Federal report gives detailed insight on expense of raising children

    The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recently released the annual report of expenditures on children by families for 2013. It’s a 31-page report with lots of details.

    Child-rearing expenses vary considerably by household income. Families who have more, will pay more. The biggest jump in expenses comes with families who have more than $106,540 annual income.

    There isn’t a big difference between families who have gross income of $61,530 and those who have less than $106,540 but more than $61,530.