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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Figuring out ‘use-by’ dates

    Many of us are familiar with the “sell-by,” “best if used by” and “use-by” dates that appear on food products. These dates are expiration dates that provide information on the quality of products purchased.

    Many consumers do not use or throw away products that have passed these dates. Knowing what these dates mean help consumers make better decisions on product quality, product safety, what to keep, what to toss and when.

    Types of dates

  • Pressure on next year for great gift giver

    I pride myself on thoughtful gift giving. I believe that everyone has a Christmas talent.

    My mother and husband can wrap presents with the precision that would rival any North Pole elf. My sister-in-law Jessica is the queen of holiday cocktails and fun group activities like board games, cards and trivia. My father’s holiday talent is fairly new. He’s learned to shop for mom without my help after I moved to Kentucky nearly three years ago.

  • How to manage high tunnel insect pests

    While growers can potentially find any type of insect pest in the high tunnel, whiteflies and thrips are the most common, and the most troublesome.

    In addition to insects, several species of mites are serious and common pests. These pests have several characteristics in common that makes them difficult to manage, including multiple generations per cropping cycle and small body size (thus, they are hard to find when populations are low). In addition, there are relatively few pesticides that are effective against these pests.