http://www.theandersonnews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Let’s elect next highway foreman http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/let%E2%80%99s-elect-next-highway-foreman <p> Column as I see &rsquo;em &hellip;</p> <p> With county highway foreman Billy Powell Catlett retiring soon, this is the perfect opportunity for Anderson County to lead the way in making that an elected position.</p> <p> That might sound crazy, calling for yet another political office, but it&rsquo;s actually the sanest and most logical way to have that office function.</p> Democrats aren’t Kentucky’s future http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/democrats-aren%E2%80%99t-kentucky%E2%80%99s-future <p> To the editor:</p> <p> As we enjoyed our Christmas with above average temperatures, all the folks I came into contact with remarked how happy they were with the warm weather, particularly after the past two brutally cold winters.</p> <p> I then thought maybe this global warming nonsense might be true.</p> <p> Wouldn&rsquo;t it be great to grow food later in the year and feed the hungry?</p> <p> But alas, like every other liberal Democrat promise, it was short-lived.</p> Keep firewood insects out of your home http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/keep-firewood-insects-out-your-home <p> Every time you bring a load of firewood inside this winter, you may be opening the door for wood-infesting insects to make your home their home.</p> <p> Most insects brought into the home on firewood are harmless, but you can greatly reduce their numbers by following a few simple steps.</p> <p> When stacking wood outside, avoid stacking it directly on the ground. This will keep it from getting too wet and reduce the chances of infestation by such insects as termites and ants.</p> Cooking teaches children valuable life skills http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/cooking-teaches-children-valuable-life-skills <p> I remember the first food I cooked, chocolate drop cookies.&nbsp;I was 7 years old. I remember making cookies, cake, fudge and tuna noodle casseroles.</p> <p> Anyone else remember wacky cakes? In seventh grade I started cooking dinner a few times a week to help my mother.</p> <p> From my cooking experiences as a child, I learned skills that stayed with me for life.</p> <p> I think I have become a better cook since the day of the garlic disaster.&nbsp;There is a significant difference between a garlic clove and a garlic bulb.&nbsp;I&rsquo;ll never forget that experience.</p> These projects need your support http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/these-projects-need-your-support <p> <strong>By Jane Sinnett, Guest Columnist<br /> </strong></p> <p> A new year, a new beginning, another chance to make our mark, do our best and be of service to that great cause that is so near and dear to our hearts.</p> <p> So how can we pick one cause from the many that tug on our consciousness almost on a daily basis? Just ask yourself how you can truly help and where your contribution be used.</p> No need to wait for spring to grow food http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/no-need-wait-spring-grow-food <p> I believe this is the most restful winter I&rsquo;ve had in Kentucky. Honest to John, I&rsquo;ve not had to hike up and down the hill, chop or carry much wood, or shovel paths so I can get up and down the drive. I&rsquo;ve even gained weight.</p> <p> The calendar tells me I won&rsquo;t have much more of this, so I&rsquo;m taking full advantage now. Lounging around, paging through seed catalogues and listening to books is my idea of a good day. Free time is a rare gem to be appreciated and I do.</p> Medicaid costs will hit you in the wallet http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/medicaid-costs-will-hit-you-wallet <p> Column as I see &rsquo;em &hellip;</p> <p> It remains to be seen what changes Gov. Bevin plans to make to the expanded Medicaid plan his predecessor shoved down Kentucky&rsquo;s throat, but here&rsquo;s hoping it&rsquo;s a little less expensive for those actually paying for it.</p> <p> Giving health care to people who truly can&rsquo;t afford it isn&rsquo;t a bad thing. Having those who have to pay for it, though, shell out the kind of bucks it&rsquo;s currently costing, is.</p> Public pensions top state legislature’s agenda http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/public-pensions-top-state-legislature%E2%80%99s-agenda <p> <strong>By James Tipton, State Representative<br /> </strong></p> <p> When the 2016 session of the General Assembly convened Jan. 5 the unfunded liability crisis facing our Public Pension Systems was front and center. During my first year in the legislature, I have spent many hours reviewing the history of how this situation came about and studying options as we move forward.</p>