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Opinion

  • 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.

  • To the editor:

    I would like to express my sincere thanks to the American Legion Auxiliary Anderson Unit 34 for hosting the veterans service Nov. 8.

    I had the distinct privilege of attending this function, along with Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Votaw, who is himself an Army veteran. As I listened to the many speakers, I thought how proud I would have been to bring my dad to this event had he been alive.

  • November is diabetes awareness month. It’s also the beginning of the holiday season of feasting.

    The following recipes are suitable for someone with diabetes or anyone who wants to eat healthier.

    Be mindful of calories and portion sizes. Remember that what you eat is only 50 percent of the weight management plan. The other 50 percent is increasing physical activity and strength building exercise.

    My family loves the double layer pumpkin pie and would rather have this dessert on Thanksgiving instead of traditional pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

  • Column as I see ’em …

    When I got word late last week that 18 Kentucky counties were among 141 nationally with more registered voters than those eligible to vote, the last name I expected to find on that list was Anderson County.

    That it’s there is sort of like finding a rosebush in a weed bed, considering that the others on the list (Mercer County aside) are largely very rural, very poor locations where shenanigans such as voter fraud seems more likely, stereotypically, at least.

  • I can’t think of anything that has conflicted me more of late than the case of Kim Davis.

    You know the saga of the Rowan County Clerk’s refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples even after the Supreme Court’s decision.

    After a stay allowing her to continue not issuing those licenses expired last Monday, Davis still refused to do so based on her religious convictions.

  • Column as I see ’em …

    I jumped at the chance to take photos of (alleged) guilty truckers getting speeding tickets while they barreled through the treacherous stretch of Highway 151 in Alton.

    Det. Sgt. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office called and asked me to join him for a couple of hours of speed monitoring, saying it would help me “gain some perspective” following my column last week that hit the state DOT fairly hard for not shutting down that road to large trucks.

  • I am loving the evenings. Watching the sun set is one of my all-time favorite things to do and lately we had some spectacular ones.

    Not only is the weather delightful, the evening concerts are, too. Mother Nature provides it all for free.

  • Teens are more adversely affected by sleep issues and missed sleep than younger children.

    Habits that may interfere with getting enough sleep include: staying up late chatting with friends, watching TV, playing video games, or staying up late to study or finish homework.

    For teens it may seem like a waste of time when you’ve got so much going on. But sleep can help you do better in school, stress less, and generally be more pleasant to have around.

    Sound good?

  • Flea problems tend to peak at the end of summer.

    Dealing with an infestation requires a significant amount of time, patience, and effort, as well as an approach that includes consideration of both the pet and its environment.

    Only an estimated 5 percent of the fleas in an infestation on animals are adults. About 50 percent are in the egg stage, 35 percent are larvae and about 10 percent are pupae.

  • On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it had voted 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage.

    This meant that all states are to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, as well requiring all states to allow this union.

    That same day, Gov. Steve Beshear’s office issued a directive to all 120 county clerk’s offices to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately.

  • 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.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    When you’ve dug yourself a hole, stop digging.

    That old axiom is undoubtedly one that Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton heard during his years in private business, and one he certainly has put into action in regard to the county’s unsustainable recycling program.

    Gritton vowed several months ago to reign in what he estimates are losses totaling $175,000 a year in the ill-conceived recycling program that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.