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Today's Opinions

  • Tough night in the ER
  • 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.

  • The long, cold winter affects trees and shrubs

    The welcomed warming temperatures of spring and early summer are a relief from the cold winter temperatures of 2013-14.

    The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Kentucky places most of the state in Zone 6 (–10 degrees to 0 degrees).

    The far western counties are in Zone 7a (0 degrees to 5 degrees).

    By this data, Kentucky was on average no colder than we have historically experienced. The visible indication of dead plants and utility bills indicated that something was different.

  • High school also fielded first girls’ lacrosse team

    I would like to add one more to your list of achievements for Anderson County High School girls’ sports teams.

    This spring, we fielded our first girls’ lacrosse team. 

    In their inaugural season, they went 5-6, with many of their games, and some of their wins, against schools with established lacrosse programs.

    Anderson County Coach Chris Harrod and his staff recruited freshmen to seniors and put together a group that I was proud for my daughter to be a part of.

  • Daddy knew heaven is for real

    By Janie Bowen

    I’ve not seen the movie “Heaven Is For Real” but I have read the book.

    It’s probably been a year or more since I read it but with Father’s Day coming up, I’ve had it on my mind, probably because of my reaction to the book as I read it.

    My hair stood up on the back of my neck as I read certain passages, not because it was scary but because it was oh soooooo awesome.

  • Daddy knew heaven is for real

    By Janie Bowen

    I’ve not seen the movie “Heaven Is For Real” but I have read the book.

    It’s probably been a year or more since I read it but with Father’s Day coming up, I’ve had it on my mind, probably because of my reaction to the book as I read it.

    My hair stood up on the back of my neck as I read certain passages, not because it was scary but because it was oh soooooo awesome.

  • U.K. canning workshop will teach basics of food preservation

    By Joan Martin

    Why do people grow gardens then preserve the food? The number one reason Americans preserve food is because they’ve grown it and don’t want to waste it.

    They like the way the home produced food tastes. Some people want to know that there are no preservatives or pesticides in their canned food. Some people have a family tradition of food preservation and want to pass it along to future generations.

  • Keep gardens thriving with these tips

    These lovely evening temperatures are perfect for raising the windows to enjoy a cool night of sleep.

    Unfortunately, our tomato plants don’t find it so enjoyable.

    Nighttime temperatures below 60 degrees have a tendency to make tomato plants drop their blossoms. Since our tomatoes start with the blossom, that is definitely not a good thing!

    The only cure is to purchase something called Blossom Set. It’s a hormone that you spray on the blossom clusters.