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Today's Opinions

  • Turkey Quiz: How food safe are you?

    How much do you know about food safety and cooking turkey? This quiz came from a colleague in Ohio. Pick the best answer to each question.

    1. The turkey in your freezer has been there since last Thanksgiving. What should you do with it?

    a. Throw it out; b. Feed it to your in-laws; c. Go ahead and use it on Thanksgiving or d. Leave it in there and buy another one for Thanksgiving.

  • Homeward Bound

    I travelled back to Rockcastle County last weekend to see my family and help my mom decorate for Christmas.

    I lived in Rockcastle all of my life until I moved up here in June 2015. It’s amazing how time flies by and I have already been here for almost one and one-half years.

  • Homeward Bound

    I travelled back to Rockcastle County last weekend to see my family and help my mom decorate for Christmas.

    I lived in Rockcastle all of my life until I moved up here in June 2015. It’s amazing how time flies by and I have already been here for almost one and one-half years.

  • The Value of Clean Water

    By Terry Mills

    Other than during a rare boil-water advisory, most of us don’t think twice when we turn on the faucet.  We just expect clean and plentiful water to be there.

    For about 95 percent of Kentuckians, that’s exactly what we get each and every day from the 400-plus public and community water systems that serve the commonwealth. These systems meet or exceed health-based standards at an incredible rate of 99.73 percent.

  • Securing digital documents

    I touched on this subject last year, but in light of our continuing movement to a digital world, some things deem repeating.

    I continually receive digital documents from third-parties that contain sensitive information, which means they contain personal private information that is not for general consumption. If you are using Microsoft Office 2007 or later, these documents can be easily encrypted and password protected against prying eyes.

  • The war on Thanksgiving
  • Using references in Word

    As many of your students are busy writing term papers, this might be a good time to talk about a few highly underutilized features in Microsoft Word.

    Assuming you are using a fairly current version of Word, you have tabs across the top of the page. One of these tabs is the References tab.

    There is a high probability that neither you, or your high school or college student, have ever been there. References provides the tools necessary for writing formal papers from book reviews to college dissertations, and doing so with great ease.

  • Preventing unwanted cell phone calls and texts

    Are you tired of unsolicited phone calls? We all receive them and they are a pain, especially when they occur while we are working, eating dinner or trying to sleep.

    Signing up with the Do Not Call Registry can help, but it does not stop all calls. Calls that are exempt include political and charitable calls, informational calls, debt collection, phone surveys and calls from companies you have done business with or have given permission to call. Other unwanted calls and text messages are illegal.