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Today's Opinions

  • Do you qualify for vet benefits?

    I’m not an expert on veteran benefits for seniors. The purpose of this column is to create awareness and encourage you to seek reliable information as it applies to you.

    I’ve met a few people who didn’t know that this might apply to them.

    This information is for a non-service connected disability pension plus aid and attendance allowance. The benefit may change every year. There is also a benefit for a surviving spouse.

    Some of the basic qualifications are listed here.

  • Use these tips to ward off firewood insects

    Many people use a wood-burning stove for heat or occasionally light some logs in the fireplace for enjoyment on cold winter nights. However, a quiet rick of firewood can harbor its own life.

  • Family pets live forever in our hearts

    By Jane Sinnett

    Guest Columnist

    As I sat with my cup of tea wondering what I should put in the Anderson Humane Society’s first column of the new year, I debated on being witty, serious, straightforward or off-to-the-side. I’m not sure what I came up with but as I looked at our newest family member, I began to go back in time – 44 years back. That was when my husband and I adopted our first shelter animal.

  • Did Grimes even read outdoor column?

    To the editor:

    This is a response to a letter in last week’s paper by Roy Grimes, titled “Outdoor columnist should get facts on elk lottery.”

    My Jan. 7 outdoors column in The Anderson News was three-quarters of a page in length, yet one sentence stirred up Roy Grimes.

  • Our jailer’s working out just fine, thanks

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    A recent news report from a media outlet in Kentucky took some fairly stiff jabs at elected jailers in counties without jails, which includes Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark.

    The overriding point the article tries to make is that, in large measure, counties without jails shouldn’t have an elected jailer — the state’s Constitution be damned. Instead, those counties should turn over to sheriff’s offices those jailers’ duties.

  • Will tech replace reporters?

    By Shelley Spillman

    News Editor

    Recently I was discussing with my fellow journalism school graduates about the hardest part about our job.

  • Don’t be next victim of alcohol poisoning

    Alcohol poisoning is a serious and preventable public health problem.

    Kentucky (9.1) is in the middle of the third quartile for age-adjusted rates of death related to alcohol poisoning. Kentucky is surrounded by Indiana (8.6), North Carolina, New York, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey and California (9.9.)

    Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, North Dakota and Vermont had less than seven deaths annually from alcohol poisoning and weren’t included in the statistics.

  • Dealing with stresses cold has on newborn calves

    When the weather is predicted to be bitterly cold, producers should take extra care of newborn calves to ensure their survival.

    A calf’s body temperature often falls below normal in extremely cold conditions due to a slow or difficult birth (dystocia) followed by delayed standing and nursing.  Returning the calf’s core body temperature to normal (100 degrees F for newborn calves) then maintaining that core temperature is of primary importance.  If at all possible, bring close-up cows indoors to calve in a heavily bedded, clean pen.