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Today's Opinions

  • Recycling is a good thing that can only get better in time

    I’ve scratched my head so much these days that I’m sure my coworkers think I have dandruff.

    I don’t.

    What I have is a case of befuddlement.

    While looking up information about the county’s recycling program, I found negative references, critical letters and plenty of sour attitudes toward the infant program.

    Puzzling, at least to me.

  • Every family has been affected by cancer

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about eight million people die worldwide from cancer.

    The 1,000 luminaries lined around the American Legion Park Friday night for Relay for Life was a testament to fact that cancer touches every family in some fashion.

    My family is no exception.

    My grandfather John Smith died 4 years ago of lymphatic cancer. He was 78 years old.

    Seeing all the luminaries of mostly individuals who lost their battle to cancer made me miss my grandfather terribly.

  • Extension service offers fall prevention program to help seniors

    Falling in one’s home causes many life-threatening injuries and jeopardizes the independence for over one-third of Kentucky’s senior population, individuals 65 and older, each year.

    Falls don’t have to be a part of growing older. Many fall related injuries are preventable. Health and independence can be preserved by lowering the risk of falls.

    According to the Kentucky Safe Aging Coalition, older Kentuckians should follow these guidelines to help prevent falls:

    •Exercise regularly to increase strength and improve balance.

  • These natural remedies help keep plants lovely all summer long

    If you were a vegetable, what would you be? There are a blue million of these kinds of thing surfing the web right now. They supposedly give insight on the kind of human being you are.

    Would you be a carrot because you like to go deep? How about a tomato because you’re always turning red?

    Oh, how about a melon because they are prone to spread? It’s a lot of silliness but most at least make you smile.

  • Livestock face flies are persistent pests and should be kept down

    Face flies are one of the most difficult pasture pests to control because they are on animals for just a short time and land mainly on the face.

    Face flies use an abrasive sponging mouthpart to stimulate tear flow from the eyes. These flies lap up the protein rich secretions from the eye as well as nasal discharges, saliva, or blood oozing from wounds.

    The face fly is mostly off of animals, resting on plants, fence posts, or other objects. A good control program should keep face fly numbers below 10 per head.

  • God’s message doesn’t need improving, it needs to be believed

    According to a Gallup poll, more than 75 percent of Americans say that religion is losing its’ influential ground in our society.

    On the other hand, we live in a nation where we have well over 300,000 congregations that identify themselves as Christian and over 75 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Christian.

    How do we explain this?

    The answer is that the secularization of society is happening at a break-neck pace. Massive moral shifts are taking place as the world views of our friends and neighbors become increasingly irreligious.

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  • Ballooning income gap demands increase in minimum wage

    If you have done any length of research on raising the minimum wage, you know there are two sides to the argument.

    You could argue either way, but there is, in my opinion, compelling data for the need for wage reform.

    First of all, the last time there was a minimum wage increase was nearly three years ago to the current $7.25 or around $15,000 annually.

    Who do you know that can make it on $15,000 a year? Consider a Gallup poll that noted in 2012 Americans spend around $151 a week on food alone.