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Today's Opinions

  • Now is the time to fertilize your garden

    It’s the popping season. Blooms are popping open and turning into fruit. Visually it is a wonder to watch. Whether it’s a flower, fruit or veggie, it’s fun to watch the changes as the growing takes place.
    Tomatoes are especially cool because we get such a big red fruit from such a tiny yellow flower. Watermelons and cucumbers also follow that same fast forward path. Beans and peppers start with a little white blossom. No matter the color, the result is the same, food from flowers.

  • Dad’s lessons still resonate

    “Hello, may I speak with Mr. Barker?”
    I sigh and start my well-rehearsed speech, explaining to the caller they have reached Ricki Barker the younger and that I am the female Ricki in my family.
    My father and I share many things: a love of animals, good books, lemon meringue pie and a name.
    The latter similarity has led to many humorous moments throughout the years.

  • Outpouring for Kenny was well deserved

    Column as I see ’em …
    First, a little housekeeping.
    I pointed out in last week’s column how, in its new budget, the fiscal court cut about $9,000 from Senior Center funding.
    That’s true but should have included additional context in that the amount the center was given was the amount it asked for, according to Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.
    It marks the first time I’ve ever heard of a senior center or similar agency asking to have its funding reduced.
    Ever.

  • Outpouring for Kenny was well deserved

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …
    First, a little housekeeping.
    I pointed out in last week’s column how, in its new budget, the fiscal court cut about $9,000 from Senior Center funding.
    That’s true but should have included additional context in that the amount the center was given was the amount it asked for, according to Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.
    It marks the first time I’ve ever heard of a senior center or similar agency asking to have its funding reduced.
    Ever.

  • Know what labels mean

    When you go grocery shopping, you’ve probably seen some new terms on the labels of your favorite foods. These terms are not meant to cause confusion but can help you make more informed choices about the foods you eat. This is a good thing, as concerns among consumers about food origin, safety and quality continue to increase.

    However, not everything may be a benefit to you. Read the label carefully.

  • Wet spring brings array of common pests

    Gnats are any of several species of small, non-biting flies. They appear suddenly, forming annoying swarms in the air as they mate. While they look like mosquitoes, these gnats cannot bite. Usually, they live for just a few days, and then disappear. Some are attracted to light and may be a nuisance, landing on people or entering homes or businesses.

    The immature stages of gnats develop in standing water in pools, containers, ponds, clogged rain gutters, or in some cases, wet soil in seepage areas. Most feed on algae or decaying plant matter.

    Management

  • Raised garden beds equal less work

    Full time work off the farm leads to busy time on the farm. Thank goodness I love what I do, in both places. It also leads to some really long days and one very tired farmer. I usually write this on Friday mornings, and after such a week of wonderfully perfect working weather, I’m a little tuckered, and perhaps just a little slap happy, so be prepared.

  • Project Graduation a worthwhile cause

    To the editor:

    First and foremost, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each business, individual or group that has eagerly contributed to the 2015 Project Graduation Event.

    If you have contributed in the past and have not been contacted this year for a contribution, we apologize and would like to take this opportunity to appeal to our community to help with the costs associated with this event.

    Project Graduation is funded entirely by donations and is coordinated by a group of parents of the 2015 graduating class.