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Today's Opinions

  • Helpful advice for parents trying to deal with teenage children

    A positive relationship with your teen will help you both make adjustments to this changing and trying time of life.

    Teens are supposed to grow in independence and decision making. Sometimes it’s very challenging for parents and teens to make these changes successfully. For every rebellious, patience trying teen, there is also probably another one who just doesn’t make many moves on her own.

    One is not necessarily better than the other.

  • Fire department thanked for helping Sand Spring Baptist

    To the editor:

    I want to say a big thank you to the members of the Lawrenceburg Fire Department who came out Tuesday to sweep water out of our church after a water pipe froze and burst, covering our atrium with several inches of water. 

    At least 10 young men showed up with squeegees and helped get the water out of our building. Their quick response and diligent work spared us from having severe damage to our building.

    I appreciate the dedication of these young men and am very grateful for their efforts.

  • Skunks, potting soil right on time

    I sure have been enjoying these later nights. I kind of like driving home from work when the sun is still up. Driving at dusk is what I call “deer-thirty,” and I have 16 miles of it. Of course, there are other wildlife showing themselves in droves this time of year, but one is especially distinctive.

  • Answers to commonly asked questions about vehicle taxes

    By Jason Denny, Anderson County Clerk

    Following are answers to questions frequently asked at the county clerk’s office.

    What does junking a vehicle really mean?

    Junking a vehicle can mean different things to different individuals. Some associate it to mean taking their vehicle to the salvage yard to have it crushed.

    Even though a vehicle is taken to the salvage yard, that alone doesn’t take the ownership or the tax implications away.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    A reminder of why we love to come home

    To the editor:

    There is something to be said about a small town. No one-way streets or honking cars at red lights. Old Main Street buildings collecting the town’s history revealing their secrets in the layers of paint and traces of old business signs faded on the sides of the building.

    Yes, there is something to be said about a small town where the store owners know not only their customers but their parents, children and grandchildren.

  • Tax charts interesting, sad look at Anderson County

    Column as I see ’em …

    The old adage that figures lie and liars figure is usually true, but the two lists I’ve included here certainly don’t.

    They do, however, require a bit of explanation for those just joining us in following who is taxing us locally and who is paying the most.

    The Top 10 list is equal parts intriguing and sad, frankly, and hasn’t changed in any measurable way since the last time I printed it a couple of years ago.

  • Cold weather can be ‘lousey’ weather for livestock

    Cold weather is louse weather. Inadequate nutrition, compromised immune response and shipping stress also favor outbreaks, if there are any infested animals in the herd. Additionally, fewer daylight hours during winter appear to contribute to problems with lice.

    Spread and potential problems

    Biting and sucking lice have been associated with reduced weight gains and general lack of thriftiness during periods of greatest winter stress. These small external parasites can spread quickly through a herd as animals bunch for warmth or when feeding.

  • Ways to avoid wintertime insomnia

    Well, since my deadline came before Punxsutawney Phil popped out, I can only hope he didn’t see his shadow. February is typically our worst winter weather month, so I thought we could lift our spirits by remembering all the good things that happened in February, throughout history.