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Today's Opinions

  • An open letter to those suffering from depression

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I could throw some statistic at you like “1-in-10 Americans reportedly suffer from depression,” but it wouldn’t matter. I could tell you “chin up, things will get better,” but right now you wouldn’t believe me anyway.

    I can tell you that I understand how you feel and that you are not alone. I suspect there are many others that are like you, but they’re too embarrassed to say so.

  • Throw a yule log on the fire and relax

    All it takes is one hand, or one cough or one sneeze and you too could be joining the ranks of the miserable. There’s a lot of sickness going around out there and of course it’s the worst time of year for it.

    I don’t think I can harp on you any more about washing your hands, eating right and getting enough sleep. Think of it as doing a good deed, because if you get it, you spread it.

  • Smashed potatoes make nice complete meal

    Potatoes are available in different colors, sizes and types. Russets or a variation of russets are the most common. They are high starch, low moisture potatoes. They produce a dry, fluffy potato. Almost all russets are white potatoes but not all white potatoes are russets.

    Waxy potatoes are lower in starch, but higher in moisture. This makes them more dense and able to hold their shape when cooked, making them more suitable for boiling, frying and in recipes requiring a firmer potato, such as potato salad. These potatoes can be red or white.

  • Ag economy strong despite lingering concerns for 2015

    Though the forecast for 2014 crop receipts is down 2 percent, a 15 percent increase in beef, poultry, dairy and hog prices is expected to boost 2014 Kentucky agricultural cash receipts to $6 billion, up slightly from $5.7 billion in 2013. The outlook for 2015, however, is expected to drop back to the $5.7 billion range.

  • Poinsettias remain a beautiful holiday staple

    By Tommy Yankey

    columnist

    Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season. Their bright red, pink or white leaves are beautiful as standalone plants or as components of bigger holiday displays.

    It may surprise many to know that in their native climate, this subtropical plant can grow to lofty heights of more than 10 feet. In the United States, poinsettias are grown as indoor potted plants, most in heated greenhouses.

  • Parents: It’s OK to say no to overindulgence

    By Joan Martin

    Guest Columnist

    As the calendar creeps closer to the winter holidays, it is worth asking the following questions: Isn’t it good to give children what they want, when they want it, and won’t they love us more if we do that?

  • Gift giving advice: give from heart

    By Cheryl Steenerson

    Columnist

    A week before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. OK, so there was plenty of stirring of dog hair, but no mice so far this winter.

    I must have found all the nooks and crannies, because unlike last year, I haven’t seen a drop of evidence. The cat has been really bored.

  • ‘War on coal’ not to blame for higher cost of electricity

    To the editor:

    Electric rate increases headlined in the Dec. 3 edition of The Anderson News said that Kentucky Utilities and Blue Grass Energy attribute the “war on coal” as the basis for their request.

    A spokesperson for Blue Grass Energy says that the “cost of coal going up” is a contributing factor.

    The article quotes a spokeswoman from Kentucky Utilities that gives as an example of this “war,” a $563 million investment in a natural gas generating station.