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Today's Opinions

  • City’s restaurant tax still a very bad idea

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    The old saw that when the cat’s away the mice will play is sadly all too true.

    After spending years beating back the misguided notion that taxing restaurants will somehow attract tourists — who doesn’t want to pay more for food? — those bent on some kind of a weird restaurant tax caliphate quickly got up to their old tricks not long after I left this job in February for one in New Mexico.

  • 09-10 No Energy Cartoon
  • Federal report gives detailed insight on expense of raising children

    The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recently released the annual report of expenditures on children by families for 2013. It’s a 31-page report with lots of details.

    Child-rearing expenses vary considerably by household income. Families who have more, will pay more. The biggest jump in expenses comes with families who have more than $106,540 annual income.

    There isn’t a big difference between families who have gross income of $61,530 and those who have less than $106,540 but more than $61,530.

  • Disability or different ability? Every life is precious

    When a militant neo-atheist like Richard Dawkins spouts off one of his many Darwinian talking points, I rarely give any consideration to what has been said.

    His rhetoric is vitriolic, fueled by a hatred of religion, especially of Christianity. But when someone with over a million Twitter followers says something as acrimonious as a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome should not be allowed to be born, it causes me to sit up and take notice.

  • Tips to keep stable fly population under control

    The stable fly is a blood sucker that looks like a house fly but has a piercing-type mouthpart that projects forward from the front of its head. Males and females feed on warm-blooded animals and humans, usually around the lower leg or ankles. They also will attack dogs, biting them mostly in the ears. Stable flies are not limited to barns and stables; they will rest around houses and attack people, too. Stable flies are strong fliers; they can cause problems at least two miles from their breeding sites.

  • For a delicious Kentucky summer treat, try making blackberry peach crumble

    Blackberry peach crumble takes advantage of two favorite Kentucky fruits, which are at peak season now. Both fruits are low in calories and add fiber to your meals.

    Select peaches that are soft to the touch, blemish free and have a fragrant smell. Choose fruit that has a yellow or cream color and a fresh looking appearance, not a wrinkled peel.

    Peaches may have a blush appearance depending on the variety. Peaches that are just mildly fragrant will ripen after harvest into sweet and delicious fruit.

  • A few tips for selecting ripe melons

    Do you believe this weather? I love the cool nights. Windows are opened and the AC is turned off. I really appreciate the cost savings, since everything else is going up! Our summer vegetables, however, aren’t so thrilled. It seems to have slowed down the ripening process.

    I can’t count the number of people who have asked me about their tomatoes not ripening. Don’t worry, they will. You may also see some brown freckle- like spots on the tomato skins. It’s OK. It’s the weather and it eats just fine.

  • City building inspector cares about getting homeowners to clean up their act

    Tom Bond, a representative from the mayor’s office, contacted me yesterday concerning a grievance I had with people who infringe on other people who truly care for their property.

    We talked yesterday, he replaced Jim Grider and Jim always seemed to take my grievance with a grain of salt.

    Not Tom Bond, he is out and about insuring our town is getting cleaned up one yard at a time.