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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t preach what marriage isn’t, model what it is supposed to be

    Ideas are not formed in a vacuum. Every book we read, every song we hear, every thought we think has been influenced by someone else.

    For example, a parent’s influence on their children has been formed by how they themselves were raised, which itself was a product of their own parent’s upbringing.

    Conversely, young people looking for a sense of belonging often will adopt the style and values of their peers rather than their parents, especially if the value system they see in their parents is not consistently, although imperfectly, lived out.

  • Sue Lou Smith takes music students to new levels

    My son is a junior at Anderson County High School and has been very actively involved in the Advanced Choir, Men’s Choir, All-State Choir and has had starring roles in the spring musicals for the past 3 years. He has achieved all of this due to a teacher at the high school.

    I would like to say a few words about Mrs. Sue Lou Smith, the choir director and musical director.

  • State can’t break out of economic doldrums without fixing tax system

    By Lexington Herald Leader

    This is an election year in a poor state, 5 years into a slow recovery from a devastating recession. No wonder everyone is talking about jobs.

    Political talk about jobs is often just that - talk. But recent economic reports offer insight that candidates and officeholders should heed.

    One says that places with an educated, trained work force not only attract more and better jobs - no surprise there - but also that they recover more quickly from economic shocks.

  • From the father, the dark side flows
  • Americans think they are smarter than average

    A YouGov study released last week found that 55 percent of Americans think they are smarter than the average American, also citing that education and income influence one’s view of intelligence.

    According to the YouGov study, 51 percent of people with post graduate degrees think they are “much more intelligent” than the average American.

  • Anderson recycling: a closer look at plastics

    Currently, Anderson County accepts Type #1 and Type #2 plastics at the recycling trailers located throughout the county. Let’s take a closer look at what this means, how the recycling process works and what products are made from this material.

    What this means

    Plastics #1 and #2 are the most common type of plastic used for containers. They are identified by a number stamped inside a triangle, usually on the bottom side of the container.

  • Send those garden pests packing

    You know how there is always this big upsurge in babies being born, after a long, cold winter?

    Well, I guess bugs have to keep warm too. They’re everywhere! If the cold really did kill of a bunch of bugs, the survivors are making up for it. In spades!

    Now, let’s deal with them.

    Starting with ourselves, there are lots of ways to keep insects from bugging us.

    There are commercial products with DEET. Not my cup of tea.

    There are dryer sheets, when tucked into your pockets and collars, to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

  • Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Anderson County 2 years ago

    As agriculture agent, many calls come into our office regarding Emerald Ash Borer.

    This insect is transferred largely through firewood and has become a very destructive pest. Emerald ash borer has killed millions of trees since its discovery in 2002.

    As of April 3, quarantine regulations for the emerald ash borer changed in Kentucky to include the entire state.