http://www.laruecountyherald.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Overnight sensation http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/overnight-sensation <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4990.jpg" alt="Doug Ponder petting the Pokemon that appeared at the LaRue County Herald News Office. " title="Doug Ponder petting the Pokemon that appeared at the LaRue County Herald News Office. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> I&rsquo;m still in shock at the overnight popularity of this new phenomenon called Pokemon Go.</p> <p> For those of you who haven&rsquo;t heard about this popular game yet, Pokemon Go is a mobile phone game that uses GPS and cameras on smartphones to catch these critters called Pokemon, which are these little virtual characters you can&rsquo;t see with the naked eye. You can only see them if you play the game and have the app installed on your smartphone. Then players can battle each other with their Pokemon, train their Pokemon and so on.</p> Academics outside the school year http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/academics-outside-school-year <p> By State Representative Terry Mills</p> <p> Some of Kentucky&rsquo;s most successful academic programs take place, oddly enough, when the school year is over.</p> <p> Several of these got their start in the 1980s, and they have since given thousands of our brightest middle and high school students a chance to come together in a college setting and learn in ways that often extend beyond the traditional classroom.</p> Fellowship: it's what we need http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/fellowship-its-what-we-need <p> I had a great weekend as I attended the Kentucky Southern Gospel Music Singing Convention last Friday and Saturday in Cave City.</p> <p> 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.</p> They may not know it now http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/they-may-not-know-it-now <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_20160625_112806789.jpg" alt="Isaac Eli and Samuel running up the steps at the Lincoln Memorial. " title="Isaac Eli and Samuel running up the steps at the Lincoln Memorial. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> 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.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;s life.</p> Small business disaster planning is almost nonexistent http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/small-business-disaster-planning-almost-nonexistent <p> If you have watched the news for the past few months, you have seen reports of weather disasters every single day. Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, pick one! What&rsquo;s your poison?</p> <p> In this part of the country, we have the potential to be hit by any of these. While most of these news reports focus on the personal aspect and people&rsquo;s personal lives thrown into chaos, disaster negatively impacts businesses too.</p> <p> No matter if it is flood, wind, or fire, if it shuts your business down, you may be out of business forever!</p> Don't let the quietness fool you http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/dont-let-quietness-fool-you <p> By State Representative Terry Mills</p> <p> The halls of the Capitol may be relatively quiet when July arrives, but that doesn&rsquo;t detract from the month&rsquo;s importance when it comes to running state government. &nbsp;It marks the start of another fiscal year and, in even-numbered years, is when most new state laws take effect.</p> Forget the driveless car, a driveless tractor may be in your future http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/forget-driveless-car-driveless-tractor-may-be-your-future <p> 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&rsquo;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.</p> Steaming – a healthy way to cook your veggies http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/steaming-%E2%80%93-healthy-way-cook-your-veggies <p> 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.</p>