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Today's Opinions

  • Fall is a great time to fertilize woody plants

    So often we hear that fall or winter is a particularly good time to do certain things in the landscape. This is usually due to the fact that plants have entered into winter dormancy.

  • Use leaves to fertilize your garden

    Well, it’s here. I’m truly surprised that there weren’t parties all over the county last night. Why? There’s a bunch of you that love fall. You love the colors and the temperatures. It’s probably my second favorite season, only because it’s typically warmer than spring.

  • Leaving your lights on is more costly than you think

    It’s a myth that turning off the lights isn’t necessary. The truth is that it depends on what type of lighting you have and how long the light will be off before you need it again.

    This column may bring satisfaction to some who read it because they were right, and irritation to those who were having the all too familiar disagreement about the subject.

  • There are plenty of reasons to fall in love with fall

    To say that I am zealous about fall is an understatement. I love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice lattes and eagerly await its arrival every year, the weather is perfect, the leaves changing colors, apple cider … need I say more? But mostly, fall is my favorite season because it has way of making me feel nostalgic.

  • The oddest thing you’ll read this week

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    The same organization that oversees the (public) education of your children wrote the following, which would be sort of funny were it not such a serious subject:

    “The candidate who wishes to be elected to the school council as a minority representative on the school council must be the minority. However, if a person declares himself/herself a minority, he or she should be considered so for the purpose of fulfilling the requirements of minority council member.”

  • 09-17 Letters to the editor

    Coach’s response ‘disappointing’

    To the editor:

    My daughter has been playing softball since she was 4 years old in the county recreation league. She has been a good ballplayer and had several coaches. For the past year, she has played on a travel team, but since she turned 9, had to move off the travel team and back into the county recreation league.

  • Shorter days mean winter is on its way

    The slow roll into winter has begun. The sun is rising after 7 a.m. and dropping before 8 p.m., and we have already started to adapt our lives. How many times were you just coming inside to eat dinner at 9 p.m. this summer? Surely I’m not the only one.

    We adapt our lives to fit each season. Besides cleaning out our closets to make room for the bulky clothes of winter, we’re probably cleaning out our sheds to make room for tool storage and lawn chairs.

  • Time to ensure your vaccines are up to date

    Interesting health and illness statistics arrive weekly in my email. The Centers for Disease Control issues a weekly report on notifiable diseases and mortality tables. One of the reports is “provisional cases of infrequently reported notifiable diseases” (less than 1,000 cases reported during the preceding year.) A few of these are diseases that were once eliminated in the United States.

    Work is progressing worldwide to eliminate diseases such as polio and measles but total eradication hasn’t happened yet.