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Today's Opinions

  • Weighing in on sleep

    How do you know when your body has had enough rest?  According to the sleep guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) the average adult, from the ages of 24–64, should get about 7–9 hours of sleep every night. 

    Although there is no perfect amount of sleep for everyone, it would be wise to pay attention to how much sleep you get and how you feel.  If after only 7 hours of sleep you feel refreshed, it may be enough.  If after 7 hours you feel groggy or your body is sluggish, you may need more than just 7 hours. 

  • LETTER: Sidewalk Service

    Dear Editor,

  • LETTERS: Trash for Cash

    Dear Editor,

    I recently participated in the Trash for Cash program, which benefited the LaRue County 4-H Teen Club. I, along with other club members, cleaned up roadsides in the Magnolia area. Our members completed pick up for a total of ten miles. We split up into groups to accomplish this task.

    We picked up lots of plastic and glass bottles, Styrofoam and plastic cups, tobacco dip cans, as well as many wrappers to various food items. We even found a toilet in a ditch. Another very common item found on the side of the road was cigarette butts.

  • (Re)learning Rules of the Road

    Last week I got a parking ticket. This drives me crazy, not because I don’t agree with the law—I do—but it’s impossible to follow a law you don’t know.

    Back up for a second, here’s what happened. We had visitors at our house and the driveway was full, so I parked our car over on a nice, quiet side street in our subdivision. Back where I’m from, this would be a perfect parking spot. So how did that piece of paper end up on my windshield?

  • The many varieties of winter squash

    Winter squash come in many shapes, sizes and colors. They are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. They don’t have any fats and can be prepared sweet or savory. The different varieties of winter squash may be substituted for each other in many recipes.

    Acorn squash are small, round and shaped like an acorn. They are a great all-around squash. They have a moist, sweet, tender flesh. Acorn squash are great for baking, roasting, steaming and sautéing.

  • Scouting in my day

      There’s something you may not know about me. 

  • A struggle for most calorie density and weight control

     Most people eat until they feel satisfied or full, and this is why portion control can be very hard to conquer for weight loss. To lose weight without chronic hunger, you need to choose foods that will make you fill full without being very high in calories. This is also referred to as choosing foods with low calorie density.

  • Lessons from Lincoln Days

    Lincoln Days has come and gone, and whew— what a weekend! Quilt show, art show, all the contests and entertainment— for a “small town festival” there’s so much to see. As a first timer, I attempted to see it all and didn’t even come close.

    Walking down Lincoln Boulevard, past the booths and open mic area, I looked around at the hundreds of people and wondered “What would Abraham Lincoln think about all this?”

    So I decided to ask him—although it took a few tries.