Today's Opinions

  • Briscoe thankful for community support

    To the editor:

    Thank you for the unbelievable amount of support I have received since the situation at the home opening football game.

    The letters, calls, stop-ins and conversations have truly been overwhelming and appreciated. There are others who deserve our thanks for all that they and their families have done over the years. These include pillars of our community: Doc Wash, Tracy Briscoe and Angie Smith, along with Dr. Joe Dobner and all the ATCs who have volunteered their services.

  • Visit to middle school cafeteria surprisingly pleasant

    Long before gluten was widely touted as the root of all evil and kale became the green of everlasting life, lunch was my favorite subject during school.

    I remember the guessing game my friends would play during our long march to the cafeteria, were we going to be treated to huge cinnamon rolls and savory chili today. Surely to goodness there would be chocolate pudding.

  • Fair time equals ‘cotton candy’ in trees

    We are less than one month away from fall. Yes, Sept. 23 is just around the corner, but has anyone else already noticed a slight change in the plants? I know my Echinacea, aka purple coneflower, has already gone to seed and the birds are loving it. Some locust leaves have started turning as well. Can we say climate change?

  • Popular, low-calorie and fat-free, eggplant is always in season

    Eggplant is a favorite in many areas of the South.

    Thomas Jefferson, who experimented with many varieties of plants in his Virginia garden, is credited with introducing eggplant to North America.

    Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family and is native to India. Eggplant is related to potatoes, tomatoes and peppers.

  • Consider Pierian Spring in new library design

    To the editor:

    Although I live far away now, I hope that as a native of Lawrenceburg and eighth generation in the state you might indulge the perspective that I may offer folks.

    With the coming improvements to the internet-age-library which, seems more concerned for socialization than lucubration, I hope some readers might recall that the little building shoved to one side of the modern edifice is the original Pierian Club House.

  • Stopping trucks on Hwy 151 can be done

    Column as I see ’em …

    One of these days you’re going to pick up a copy of this newspaper and read all about how a family was killed when a tractor-trailer plowed through their home on Graefenburg Road — aka State Highway 151 — in Alton.

    It nearly happened last week when gas tanker plowed through five yards and miraculously didn’t explode when it struck a tree.

  • It’s OK to flirt when married

    Now that the headline of this column has your attention, it’s important to point out that flirting with your spouse leads to a healthier husband and wife and a successful marriage.

  • Not your typical cockroaches

    Wood cockroaches live under loose bark, in cavities of fallen or dying trees or in stumps.

    They are natives of moist woodland habitats where they feed on decaying organic matter. These cockroaches are accidental invaders in homes and buildings in and around wooded areas.