http://www.theandersonnews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Electoral College worked as intended http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/electoral-college-worked-intended <p> <strong>By Jim Paxton</strong></p> <p> <strong>The Paducah Sun</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; The Electoral College system performed just as the Founders intended in the 2016 presidential election.</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; 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.</p> Editorial cartoon http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/editorial-cartoon-1 <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/toon_12-28.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="110" height="85" /> Grow some diversity in the new year http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/grow-some-diversity-new-year <p> <br /> 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&#39;, we should reflect on all the lessons learned.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; 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&#39;s the people in our lives that make it worth living.<br /> <br /> Fruit and vegetable conference coming Jan. 9-10 http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/fruit-and-vegetable-conference-coming-jan-9-10 <pre class="aLF-aPX-K0-aPE aLF-aPX-aLK-ayr-auR"> 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&rsquo;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. Kentucky's new GOP ready to drain the swamp http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/kentuckys-new-gop-ready-drain-swamp <p> <strong>By Jim Waters<br /> </strong></p> Help support Challenger League http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/help-support-challenger-league <p> To the editor:</p> <p> Anderson County Little League is dedicated to building character, courage and loyalty in our local area youth by providing a fun, safe and competitive baseball program.</p> <p> We are proud to be one of few programs within the state that offer a Challenger Baseball Division for children with special needs.</p> <p> This is the ninth year of Challenger League Baseball in Anderson County, and we have been grateful for the community support over the past few years.</p> On Extension, UK giving us the shaft http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/extension-uk-giving-us-shaft <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carlson_ben_10.jpg" alt="Carlson" title="Carlson" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Column as I see &rsquo;em &hellip;</p> <p> I wasn&rsquo;t aware until recently that the University of Kentucky is going broke.</p> <p> Please forgive my ignorance because while I don&rsquo;t venture into the city very often, it would appear when I do that the state&rsquo;s namesake university is humming along nicely. Not only does the construction of new buildings and such go on in perpetuity, the school certainly isn&rsquo;t shy about hefty tuition increases each and every year.</p> Cattle ear tags help with fly reduction http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/cattle-ear-tags-help-fly-reduction <img src="http://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/yankey_tom-ag_new_bw_4.jpg" alt="Yankey" title="Yankey" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Cattle receiving insecticide-impregnated ear tags take their fly control system with them. Ear tags have provided a popular option to control the horn fly, a blood-sucking insect that hits producers with a $1 billion bill for losses and control costs each year. In addition, the tags can reduce face fly numbers on cattle.</p>