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Today's Opinions

  • Digging down to words’ roots

    As a gardener, I’m very familiar with roots. As a writer, I’m very familiar with words. I thought I’d put the two together this week and look into the origins of some of the phrases we use or hear regularly. That’s a bit unusual for a gardening column and you may think me “mad as a hatter” for doing it.

  • Sweet potatoes pack powerful punch in nutrient-rich bread recipe

    Sweet potatoes are a favorite fall food. They are savory, sweet, nutritious and versatile too. Sweet potatoes are a Native American plant that was a main source of nourishment for early homesteaders and for soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
    Sweet potatoes are excellent sources of vitamins A and C. One half cup of cooked sweet potato provides 90 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 380 percent of the daily value for Vitamin A.

  • Blood, letters and tears

    My sister cried into my coat early Monday morning.
    The frost on her windshield hadn’t melted, so we puffed goodbyes outside into the cold air as her car purred low while it warmed.  
    I only knew she cried by the quivering sound of her words muffled into the thick, green fabric of my shoulder as she hugged me goodbye.
    You see I prefer no eye contact when I say goodbye to people, because as everyone knows, tears are highly contagious.

  • Fiscal court saves taxpayers millions

    With a pair of unanimous votes last Tuesday morning, the Anderson County Fiscal Court saved taxpayers here and across Kentucky $1 million.
    OK, that’s probably not accurate. It’s more likely that those two votes save taxpayers several million dollars in the coming years by simply doing the right thing.
    The first vote was about the county’s 120-plus miles of so-called orphan roads, the second about making developers honor their commitments.

  • Prepare now for college education

    College applications will be due soon for early decision/acceptance notification.
    Thanksgiving was always the target deadline in my household. Family gatherings during the holidays are also times when the relatives ask high school seniors what they plan to do after graduation.
    College isn’t the only answer for high school students. It may not be the best fit for some students and may be more expensive than justified for the student’s career path.

  • Apples are antidote to daylight loss

    Daylight’s a burnin’. Yes, I know that’s grammatically incorrect, but it’s what my family has said for years.
    My father, Jack, liked to say it to get us kids motivated. The saying is especially poignant this time of year. We just lost a whole hour. Well, not yet, but we’re headed in that direction.

  • Thanks for ‘Trick or Treat on Main’

    To the editor:
    We would like to thank the mayor and others for allowing us to trick or treat on Main Street on Friday night.
    It was a blessing meeting other church families and businesses of the community. It was a great turnout and I pray we have this event for years to come.
    Alton Christian Church
    Lawrenceburg

  • America needs another revolution

    To the editor:
    Our founding fathers anticipated many potential threats to their envisioned democratic republic and included safeguards in our Constitution.
    Since 1787, three threats to America have evolved to dire status and require safeguards. Namely, career politicians, special-interest money and immoral conduct. Of the three, immorality is the greatest threat.
    Morals are manmade. They boil down to simple right and wrong.