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Opinion

  • From The Western Recorder

    FLORENCE — Princeton newspaper publisher Chip Hutcheson is the 2016 recipient of the Integrity Award for Coverage of Faith Issues, an honor bestowed by the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
    KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood awarded the prize to Hutcheson during the annual meeting of Kentucky Baptists at Florence Baptist Church in Florence.

  • By Jim Waters

  • The 2017 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. The event runs from 8 a.m. EST Jan. 9 until 5 p.m. Jan. 10 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

    Preconference activities on Jan. 8 will include tree fruit, small fruit and vegetable roundtable discussions as well as a plasticulture strawberry short course.

  • I have fallen down on the job and for that I apologize. Life got a little hectic with getting my new wheels, visiting family and doing all those other holiday things packed in with regular life. As we send this year packin', we should reflect on all the lessons learned.

       I learned to be prepared for anything, from droughts and floods to floating beds and hungry critters in between. I learned that time speeds up with accumulating years and that it's the people in our lives that make it worth living.

  • By Jim Paxton

    The Paducah Sun

       The Electoral College system performed just as the Founders intended in the 2016 presidential election.

       The institution has taken a lot of criticism in recent years. It has been referred to as archaic, particularly after elections in which the successful candidate won both the electoral and popular votes.

  • While America hyperventilated over Hillary’s emails and Donald’s potty mouth, half a world away American blood was still being spilled in Afghanistan.

    As we steamroll through yet another Veterans Day in anticipation of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, take a moment, please, to consider the families of of Capt. Andrew Byers, 30, and Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Gloyer, 34, who were killed last Thursday during a firefight with Taliban forces in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

  • To the editor:

    After reading Ms. Chumbler’s long letter of awareness in last week’s paper for the problems at the county’s animal control facility, one wonders why she waited three years to step up to comment.

  • Well, we turned back time. I don’t mind being one hour younger. I just don’t like to drive home in the dark, right after work.

    The sunrises are nice though, as long as it doesn’t blind you. There is a good side to everything, if we look hard enough. Remember, whenever there is darkness, we just have to wait for the light. Let’s talk Christmas.

  • Veterans Day is the official United States holiday that honors those people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

    Veterans Day should not be confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day honors those veterans who have died while serving. Veteran Day is an observance for all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Services.

  • I’m not going to tell you the name of the person involved in this story because she’s already suffered enough.

    A local 78-year-old woman many of you would readily recognize spent four nights incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center earlier this month, where she was forced to sleep on a concrete floor in a freezing cell without the medication she needed.

    No, I’m not making this up.

    In that cell were seven and sometimes eight other women, three of them pregnant and, in her words, all “druggies.”

  • Column as I see ’em …

    Did you have a loved one who was not allowed to “walk” during the recent high school graduation ceremony due to unpaid student fees, athlete fees or some other technicality?

    If so, I strongly advise you to go read Cheryl’s gardening column because what you’re about to read here is really going to bake your biscuits.

  • Column as I see ’em …
    Will Anderson become the seventh county in Kentucky to establish a needle exchange program?
    At the risk of running afoul on Facebook again this week with a local group that admirably advocates and seeks solutions for their addicted loved ones, my guess is probably not.
    The county’s health board dabbled with the notion Monday night before creating a committee to deal with the issue that will include (if there are any volunteers) members of the fiscal court, city council, EMS and police.

  • Following record-breaking years, the Kentucky agricultural economy, like the overall U.S. agricultural economy, slumped in 2015, with concern looming for 2016.

  • Winter has officially arrived, which means we have three months to get through until spring. Let’s hope the joys of Christmas get us through until then.

    Holiday memories can do a lot for our health, attitude and our brain. The trick is to recall the good stuff, like the time the giblets bag stayed in the turkey.

  • Column as I see ’em …

    This week’s paper looks forward to the new year by first revisiting the year that is just ending.

    In what often feels like an exercise in self-examination, we set out at the end of each year to select the year’s top 10 stories, a nearly impossible task that leaves some people — including most of us — wondering how this story or that made the list while others were omitted.

  • Do you always reach for the salt shaker before tasting food? If you do, try taking a taste test first.

    About 80 percent of sodium comes from processed and pre-prepared foods. So that food on your plate may already have plenty of salt.

    Research shows that eating less than 2,300 mg of sodium (about 1 teaspoon of salt) per day may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

  • Anderson County has a new resource for veterans and their families.

    The Open Hands Food Pantry received a grant from Purdue University and the University of Kentucky to fund these services. This is a pilot program funded by the Department of Defense to reach out to veterans and their families who live in rural areas.

    The grant provides services for all veterans without income qualification. The goal is to improve the quality of life for the veteran and their family, especially reaching out to those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

  • As we approach the end of 2015, I thought it would be a good idea to write about topics that are very important during this time of year.

    Party changes

    We have experienced a higher than normal volume of registered voters asking questions about changing political parties. Anyone wishing to change party in order to vote in the May 17 primary must do so by Dec. 31, according to state law.

  • I am so thankful! I am thankful for you, my faithful readers and for the kindness of people in our county.

    I am thankful for family, friends and furballs! I am thankful for my faithful truck, my beautiful farm and a job that makes such a positive difference in the lives of others.

    If you ever wondered why you always see me smiling, this is why. I truly appreciate all that I have in life. I guess you could say I get to have Thanksgiving all year long.