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Today's Opinions

  • Is tourism spending more important than our senior citizens?

    Column as I see ’em …

    It’s not a good year to be a non-profit agency in Anderson County, at least for those who look to the fiscal court for funding.

    For those dreaming of swimming pools and attracting tourists, it’s not nearly as bad.

    In the 2015-16 budget unanimously approved last Tuesday morning, non-profits took a significant hit to the tune of $22,000 less than they received in the budget about to expire at the end of this month.

  • Speed up ripening process in fruit

    Summer signals the arrival of fresh, seasonal produce, which promises eating at its finest. Sometimes that produce isn’t as ripe as you need it to be.

    Some produce that has traveled a great distance is picked while still green and won’t be ripe when it reaches the store. For some fruits, you can speed up the ripening process at home.

    Common fruits that can be ripened at home include bananas, cantaloupe, peaches, pears, pineapples and tomatoes.

  • Help livestock beat the summer heat

    Summer is almost here. We’ve already experienced some heat, just a taste of what’s to come. Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer when the temperatures rise. Farm animals feel it, too. You can recognize when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what you can do to increase their comfort.

    Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity, and is used to describe how it feels outside.

  • Don’t let cool, damp nights sicken plants

    These are the days I’m grateful to live two to three hours away from my relatives. If my mamma lived next door she’d have me up all night cleaning.

    Needless to say, the majority of my free time is spent either sleeping or outdoors this time of year. Thank goodness for Sunday morning rituals.

  • Hoping Janie enjoys retirement

    The June 3 edition of The Anderson News we received in our mailbox was different. John Herndon and Don White, two people I truly respect, gave lengthy tributes to someone I had only met in passing. Being from Ohio and arriving in Kentucky when I was 25 in 1977, I thought Kentucky was backward.

    Backward came to be a word I thought differently about as the years rolled by. Now I know how fortunate I am to be in this commonwealth with its traditions, and to have had the pleasure to read each week what is printed in The Anderson News.

  • Editor should consider the source

    To the editor:

    The following is in response to a letter last week by C.J. Adams of Lexington.

    Well “Mr. small-time editor,” I personally think that you are a big-time guy so let the personal attacks go and consider the source.

    The author apparently chose not to call you to discuss some of his misinformed facts, which is usually the case from those (cowards) who choose to hide behind a poison pen.

  • Reduce your risk of being victimized by identity thieves

    Over $2.5 billion were lost to identity theft in 2012. Victims younger than 18 represent 6 percent of the total.

    The perpetrator is almost always a family member, frequently the parents.

    Parents who have financial problems will use their child’s social security number to fraudulently obtain credit cards, apply for loans and even employment. The children don’t have any idea until they later apply for jobs, credit cards or loans and find out that they have a negative credit history themselves.

  • Time to prune peonies, pinch mums

    June has arrived to bring us closer to the summer solstice and 15 hours of daylight each day. June has been the most popular wedding month since Roman times, because they were practical planners.

    Think about it. A June marriage meant childbirth in the spring, not the dead of winter and no interference with the fall harvest. Plus, the weather is usually pretty good for outdoor events.

    Work in the garden and lawn is now in high gear, precisely because of that weather.