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Opinion

  • My first column submission to the News this week was two words, “Told ya.”

    Knowing my readers as I do, I decided to dig a little deeper. I’d like to blame this wintery mess on all those who wished for a big one, but I can’t. Mother Nature took a look and said, “Well, they’ve had it easy, so I think I’ll give them a wake up call and play with the jet stream.” On the bright side, it will definitely kill all the bad bugs. I just hope the bees make it through it.

  • Cluster fly is a collective name given to several species that spend winter as adults in sheltered places, including inside homes and structures.

    They tend to accumulate in wall voids, attics, and rooms with southern or western exposures. One or more species in this group may be present.

    While cluster flies are an annoyance, they do not breed indoors, and they do not cause any damage. The flies will become active on warm days, crawling and flying to windows in an attempt to escape outside.

    Cluster fly species

  • A positive relationship with your teen will help you both make adjustments to this changing and trying time of life.

    Teens are supposed to grow in independence and decision making. Sometimes it’s very challenging for parents and teens to make these changes successfully. For every rebellious, patience trying teen, there is also probably another one who just doesn’t make many moves on her own.

    One is not necessarily better than the other.

  • By Ben Carlson

     

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’d normally do a private version of the Snoopy dance when something I’ve warned about for years comes true, but I’m in no mood to dance over this and after reading this week’s front page, I’m sure you aren’t, either.

    The prospect of the fiscal court having to borrow $400,000 to balance its budget is nothing short of an outrage.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    A recent news report from a media outlet in Kentucky took some fairly stiff jabs at elected jailers in counties without jails, which includes Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark.

    The overriding point the article tries to make is that, in large measure, counties without jails shouldn’t have an elected jailer — the state’s Constitution be damned. Instead, those counties should turn over to sheriff’s offices those jailers’ duties.

  • I was deeply saddened to hear about the suicide of transgender Ohio teen Josh Alcorn who renamed himself Leelah.

    The 17-year-old reportedly died after being hit by a tractor-trailer while walking along a highway near her home Sunday, Dec. 28. Her suicide note had more than 200,000 shares on tumblr.

  • Editor’s note: The following was written by Francis P. Church and was first published in The New York Sun in 1897. Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April, 1906, leaving no children.

    Virginia O’Hanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21.

    Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died on May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, New York.

  • By Shelley Spillman

    News Editor

    Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the Handel’s “Messiah” concert and I want credit to Sue Lou Smith, Anderson County High School staff, students and the First Christian Church Chancel Choir for hosting a fantastic concert.

    Members of the Lexington Philharmonic added to the experience, making it a truly unforgettable concert.

  • Column as I see ’em …

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    When the keyboard is ripped away from my mouthy fingers and I’m sent home for good, I now know how I intend to spend at least a portion of my so-called golden years.

  • Water main breaks. They’re becoming an all too common in the city. There was another one in the Alton area off Highway 151 on Sunday. Since October, we’ve had at least one water main break every month.

    Judging from exasperated Facebook posts, I know the public is tiring of hearing about water main breaks as well.

  • By Shelley Spillman

    News Editor

    The legal system standard is for alleged criminals to face a trial by judge or jury, but in this digital world it’s often a trial of public opinion via social media long before the criminal trial ever occurs.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Those easily angered should probably skip this column and read the one on the faith page.

    From the president’s unilateral action on immigration to state fuel taxes and something so pedestrian as a set of scales, one can’t help but wonder how the people we elect get away certain things while we sit back and simply keep paying the bills.

    First the scales, for which the fiscal court used $62,000 of your money to purchase but as of Friday aren’t being used.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Most of you will be happy to have this election over with if for no other reason than to stop hearing Mitch and Alison berate each other a thousand times a day.

    Me? I can finally stop listening to local politicians tell us what they will do to fix our tourism dilemma.

  • So often we hear that fall or winter is a particularly good time to do certain things in the landscape. This is usually due to the fact that plants have entered into winter dormancy.

  • Well, it’s here. I’m truly surprised that there weren’t parties all over the county last night. Why? There’s a bunch of you that love fall. You love the colors and the temperatures. It’s probably my second favorite season, only because it’s typically warmer than spring.

  • It’s a myth that turning off the lights isn’t necessary. The truth is that it depends on what type of lighting you have and how long the light will be off before you need it again.

    This column may bring satisfaction to some who read it because they were right, and irritation to those who were having the all too familiar disagreement about the subject.

  • To say that I am zealous about fall is an understatement. I love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice lattes and eagerly await its arrival every year, the weather is perfect, the leaves changing colors, apple cider … need I say more? But mostly, fall is my favorite season because it has way of making me feel nostalgic.