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Today's Opinions

  • Don't let the quietness fool you

    By State Representative Terry Mills

    The halls of the Capitol may be relatively quiet when July arrives, but that doesn’t detract from the month’s importance when it comes to running state government.  It marks the start of another fiscal year and, in even-numbered years, is when most new state laws take effect.

  • Forget the driveless car, a driveless tractor may be in your future

    You might think that the concept of the Driverless Car began with Google. Actually, we can trace the idea back to as early as 1935 where the idea first appeared in the pages of works of Science Fiction. By 1939 the idea of smart, or automated, highways were seen in early plans from GE and others. But, of course, in the early 1930’s, computers to power these magic devices were also things of Science Fiction, so we would have to wait another 75 years for scientists and Google to come along and make an idea a reality.

  • Steaming – a healthy way to cook your veggies

    Steaming is a healthy way to cook - no added fat required, zero potential carcinogens from charring, and minimal loss of nutrients. You can add flavors in the steaming liquid or by lining the steamer with fragrant additions such as using your favorite fresh or dried herbs for extra flavor.

  • Laboratories of democracy

    By Terry Mills, State Representative

    States have often been called laboratories of democracy, and for good reason: That’s where most cutting-edge ideas to improve government are first tested. The good ones are widely copied while the unworkable ones teach a valuable lesson as well.

  • A crisis waiting to happen

    There is a new variation of the Crysis (pronounced Crisis by most) malware and it is a nightmare waiting to happen. When Crysis first emerged a few years ago, it was a simple ransomware virus (see my article from August 5, 2015 for more discussion of ransomware). After many updates from nefarious computer black hat hackers (bad guys,) this malware has evolved.

  • Fellowship: it's what we need

    I had a great weekend as I attended the Kentucky Southern Gospel Music Singing Convention last Friday and Saturday in Cave City.

    The convention featured around 100 different southern gospel groups from throughout the state and other parts of the country. Each group was able to sing around three songs on stage each night.

  • They may not know it now

    I love history, in fact my most ideal form of relaxation would be lounging in a chair outside in the shade with a history book; almost any era or subject of history will do.

    When I discovered my son, Eli, had a keen interest in Abraham Lincoln I was thrilled! I jumped on the opportunity to bring the kids with me to Hodgenville when I forgot something at the office Saturday. After we got what I needed we stopped by the Lincoln Museum. While I was busy keeping Sam under control, Isaac and Eli were admiring the scenes from Lincoln’s life.

  • Can you concentrate?

    The Concatenate function in Excel is one of those great features that few users know about. So what does concatenation do?

    To concatenate is to join together. We use the plus, negative, or slash (divide) symbols to do math inside an Excel cell, but what if we want to join the contents of one cell with the contents of another cell? Let’s see how the =CONCATENATE function works.