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Today's Opinions

  • Tips for teenagers on dealing with Type 2 diabetes symptoms

    Dealing with Type 2 diabetes can be difficult at any age, but it can be especially troubling for teenagers, who must also deal with the pressures of youth including self-image and self-worth.
    As a parent, you can do some things to make managing this disease easier for your teen and your entire family.
    Obesity is one of the leading causes of Type 2 diabetes. Helping overweight teenagers with diabetes reach and maintain a healthy weight may help them feel physically and mentally better and may improve their glucose, or blood sugar, levels.

  • Thanks for ‘Days’ story

    To the editor:
    I just want to thank Meaghan Downs for doing this great human interest story.  
    Having been around these ladies during good life events and sad life events,  
    I am always impressed and inspired by their strength and spirit.
    I also would like to publicly thank Elizabeth Roberts for the photos and personalizing the message on each one. She is a talented young actor and an even better person. Learn more at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0731068/

  • Reader lived civil rights history described in Black History columns

    To the editor:
    A great big thanks to guest columnist Rick Shannon for well-written articles in commemoration of Black History Month.
    To some it was perhaps informative, and to others they were reminders of an unpleasant past. As a native southern Mississippian, I fit in the latter, because I remember where I was when each of the incidents occurred.
    Your first article dealt with the death of Emmett Till. As an 11-year-old, I remember the expression on my parents’ face as the news of Emmett’s death made its way throughout the community.

  • Happy birthday every four years?

    A riddle for you —
    If there’s no Leap Day this year, do you still celebrate your birthday?
    According to reader Peggy Ratliff, her sisters did.
    Peggy emailed and called last week in response to a column I wrote a few weeks ago, asking if readers knew anyone with a Leap Day birthday.
    Peggy did. She knew three.
    Anita Hawkins Landry was born Feb. 29, 1952.
    Two Leap Days and eight years later, Bette Hawkins Inman was born on Feb. 29, 1960.

  • What’s on my mind: kids and first jobs

    Teenage years are an interesting time of transition between childhood and adulthood.
    As teens we begin to develop skills, set some goals, must have a wireless data plan, and of course, most want their own automobile. Seems these “necessities” of today are much more costly that those of the yesteryear.

  • Got cabin fever waiting for spring? Try container gardening

    Well, my hibernation time is almost at an end. I’ve rested up, stayed in shape and kept my mind busy with puzzles, books and CDs. I’ve successfully ignored those things I didn’t want to do, like wash the walls and dust the Hoosier cabinet down. I have a list of garden chores just ready and waiting for the right time. Now what?

  • Arming teachers no solution to violence

    We all want to help protect our children, to keep their names and class photos from being splashed onto the evening news as a newscaster smoothes his voice into a sympathic purr, the one he uses for tragedies.
    Constable Joe Kalil — parent, airline pilot and firearm instructor from Boone County — is trying to prevent school shooting tragedies like Newtown from happening ever again with a volunteer program to allow Kentucky teachers to carry firearms.

  • A more involved father results in a healthier child

    Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives. Fathers are not disposable. I was very fortunate to grow up in a home where I was always around my parents. We had a child-friendly family business. I was always with my parents until they sold the business when I was 10 years old.
    Think about the many things you learned from your father. I learned how to drive, use a few tools, solve math problems, read and make friends. There were many other things that I learned from my father but this is enough to list here.