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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrate Earth Day the right way

    Happy Earth Day. This flower power holiday got its start from a bunch of 1970s hippies and boy, am I glad. One of my most memorable ones was in the 80s, rolling a Volkswagen size earth ball down Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Arizona. Today, I’m just planting things to make Mother Earth more beautiful.

  • Gas tax, heroin bill major factors in session

    By James Tipton, State representative

    The state legislature closed out the 2015 edition of the General Assembly in the early morning hours of March 24. As the clock approached midnight there was important legislation that still needed to be addressed so leadership decided to recommend that the General Assembly extend into our 29th legislative day which ended around 4 a.m.

  • Enjoy nutritious asparagus while it’s still in season

    Asparagus is in season now through May.

    While it’s frequently overcooked, it can be eaten raw, lightly boiled, steamed, grilled, stir-fried or baked. The secret in cooking is not to cook too long and not to let it get too mature before harvesting. The more mature the asparagus is, the tougher the stems.

  • Alfalfa weevil is key pest of the first alfalfa cutting

    Alfalfa weevil is a key insect pest on the first alfalfa cutting. Tip feeding should show up soon in established fields.

    This insect occurs throughout the state, but sound management practices, weather patterns, and natural enemies often keep numbers below damaging levels in many fields.

    Great natural mortality of alfalfa weevil can occur early in the weevil season. Strong winds and driving rain can knock small larvae to the ground where they perish. In addition, alfalfa can tolerate light feeding by the insect with no appreciable loss of yield or quality.

  • Diabetes takes close family friend

    To the editor:

    It was a sad day for our family April 8. We had to put down our dog, Bear, because of his diabetes.

    He was blind and his liver was failing He stopped eating and when he did, it would come back up.

    He became very weak and started to wobble when he walked, it was very hard for him to get up and move around.

    It was time for him to give it up.

    Bear was a kind, gentle and loving dog. He loved kids and adults alike.

    He will always be in our hearts and minds. We dearly miss him. We love you, Bear.

  • A loss that lessens Anderson County

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see’em …

    I’ve been rationing the homemade pickled beets she gave me several months ago in an effort to make them last.

    Not that getting a treat from Janette was uncommon. Without warning, the woman I came to consider the queen of western Anderson County would sometimes drop in unannounced and lay some of her fabulous kitchen creations on my desk.

  • Addressing misunderstandings, concerns from 2015 session

    By Julian Carroll, State senator

    Since concluding the 2015 legislative session, I have had the opportunity to finish reading e-mails and phone messages from many of your readers. I appreciate everyone who shared his or her concerns with me. Below I have attempted to address some of the concerns and questions as well as respond to possible misunderstandings.

    State employee compensation

  • Grow ginger to ease colds, soothe muscles

    Let’s all toast the sun. Life is bursting out all over. The trees are either budding or blooming, and the lawns are verdant green. It’s those over achievers in the yard that are driving me crazy. Those military tough broadleaf weeds and wild garlic just want to be outstanding. Before you break out the mowers, let’s hit them with a little killer.