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Today's Opinions

  • These natural remedies help keep plants lovely all summer long

    If you were a vegetable, what would you be? There are a blue million of these kinds of thing surfing the web right now. They supposedly give insight on the kind of human being you are.

    Would you be a carrot because you like to go deep? How about a tomato because you’re always turning red?

    Oh, how about a melon because they are prone to spread? It’s a lot of silliness but most at least make you smile.

  • Livestock face flies are persistent pests and should be kept down

    Face flies are one of the most difficult pasture pests to control because they are on animals for just a short time and land mainly on the face.

    Face flies use an abrasive sponging mouthpart to stimulate tear flow from the eyes. These flies lap up the protein rich secretions from the eye as well as nasal discharges, saliva, or blood oozing from wounds.

    The face fly is mostly off of animals, resting on plants, fence posts, or other objects. A good control program should keep face fly numbers below 10 per head.

  • God’s message doesn’t need improving, it needs to be believed

    According to a Gallup poll, more than 75 percent of Americans say that religion is losing its’ influential ground in our society.

    On the other hand, we live in a nation where we have well over 300,000 congregations that identify themselves as Christian and over 75 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Christian.

    How do we explain this?

    The answer is that the secularization of society is happening at a break-neck pace. Massive moral shifts are taking place as the world views of our friends and neighbors become increasingly irreligious.

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  • Ballooning income gap demands increase in minimum wage

    If you have done any length of research on raising the minimum wage, you know there are two sides to the argument.

    You could argue either way, but there is, in my opinion, compelling data for the need for wage reform.

    First of all, the last time there was a minimum wage increase was nearly three years ago to the current $7.25 or around $15,000 annually.

    Who do you know that can make it on $15,000 a year? Consider a Gallup poll that noted in 2012 Americans spend around $151 a week on food alone.

  • The long, cold winter affects trees and shrubs

    The welcomed warming temperatures of spring and early summer are a relief from the cold winter temperatures of 2013-14.

    The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Kentucky places most of the state in Zone 6 (–10 degrees to 0 degrees).

    The far western counties are in Zone 7a (0 degrees to 5 degrees).

    By this data, Kentucky was on average no colder than we have historically experienced. The visible indication of dead plants and utility bills indicated that something was different.

  • High school also fielded first girls’ lacrosse team

    I would like to add one more to your list of achievements for Anderson County High School girls’ sports teams.

    This spring, we fielded our first girls’ lacrosse team. 

    In their inaugural season, they went 5-6, with many of their games, and some of their wins, against schools with established lacrosse programs.

    Anderson County Coach Chris Harrod and his staff recruited freshmen to seniors and put together a group that I was proud for my daughter to be a part of.

  • Daddy knew heaven is for real

    By Janie Bowen

    I’ve not seen the movie “Heaven Is For Real” but I have read the book.

    It’s probably been a year or more since I read it but with Father’s Day coming up, I’ve had it on my mind, probably because of my reaction to the book as I read it.

    My hair stood up on the back of my neck as I read certain passages, not because it was scary but because it was oh soooooo awesome.