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Today's Opinions

  • Turkey Quiz part two

    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.

    Your family loves stuffing/dressing that’s baked inside the turkey. You know that isn’t recommended, but you’re going to do it anyway. What’s the best way to proceed?

    a. Mix and prepare the stuffing just before you put into the turkey. Stuff it lightly just before it goes into the oven and use a thermometer to make sure it reaches 165 degrees before serving.

  • Finding stuff with Windows 10

    Perhaps one of the most frequent complaints I receive regarding Windows 10 is that, after the update, users can’t find their files – their stuff. Take heart, the files should be right where you left them.

    There have only been a few cases that I know of where users lost files and those were where the file or file space was corrupt at the time of the conversion.

    So where is your stuff? First step is to give Windows a little time to catalog all your files by location. Windows uses a feature called the Indexer.

  • Surprising amount of trash found at pick up

    Dear Editor,

    The purpose of this letter is to inform you that Parkway Baptist Church participated in the Trash for Cash program on Saturday, November 12.

    Eleven people supporting Parkway Baptist Church Local Missions came out to clean roadways in LaRue County. These people ranged in age from 8 to 71.

    Our teen participants commented that the most unusual items found were diapers. Yuck!

  • LETTER: Leave it cleaner than you found it

    Dear Editor,

    At the conclusion of every outdoor adventure during my childhood, my older brothers and I would hear our dad’s camp cleanup doctrine, “Leave it cleaner than we found it.”

    As an adult, I hear those words echo around my mind whenever I cleanup the trash in my yard before mowing, pack up spent shotgun shells after a dove hunt, or do one last walk through of a sandbar before getting back in my kayak on a river float. He, my dad, engrained in us the importance of stewarding well the earth God has given us.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.