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Today's Opinions

  • Family and Consumer Sciences Extension: building healthy families

    In family and consumer sciences (FCS) extension, we work to give individuals the skills they need to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. Throughout the year, we offer educational programs centered in areas that range from making healthy lifestyle choices to securing financial stability. Statewide, in the past programming year, we have reached more than 1.6 million Kentuckians.

  • Letters: Waste, food for thought

    Dear Editor,

    Pope Francis once said, “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and hungry.” The reason why I include that quote is because of a very important problem, food waste. America is the leading contributor to food waste. It is very important that we bring light to this problem, not only on the holidays, but throughout the year.

  • The problem with science

    I am rested and recharged after going on a Christmas vacation with my wife last week. We went to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky last Wednesday. We then went to Tennessee to spend the rest of the week in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

    I had been looking forward to seeing the Ark since it opened. It was everything I expected and more.

  • Holiday shopping - track your spending

    Holiday shopping can be both a rewarding and stressful experience. Every year, millions of Americans flock to retail and online stores to buy gifts for their family and friends. If you are worried about overspending this year, the following tips will help you to develop a plan for buying gifts for everyone on your list without breaking the bank.

  • Waste: Food for thought

    Dear Editor,

    Have you ever thrown away a perfectly good piece of food in the garbage? Did you know in 2014, we disposed of more than 38 million tons of food? The things we just throw on the ground can pollute the land and kill animals. About 955 of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.

  • Commitment to Community

    This week saw lots of little shovels and flying dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new LaRue County Public Library. As a total bookworm who spent a ton of time in my local library growing up, it is exciting to see the start of a new chapter for the community. Last week I was lucky to attend my first meeting of the LaRue County Genealogy Society, where I learned a little library history from the chapters before about some women who worked wonders.

  • Cooking with kids during the Holidays

    Around the holidays, people tend to spend more time in the kitchen whether it is making seasonal baked goods or preparing large meals to feed the family. With children out of school and families gathered together, it is an excellent opportunity to get children involved in the kitchen. Not only is it a learning experience for the child, it is also a bonding experience for the family.

  • Just Ask: recycling question

    QUESTION

    If they have a “Trash for Cash” program that pays groups to pick up trash alongside the road, can’t the money used for that program be transferred to pay volunteer groups who work at the recycling center for a set amount of time? The money would go to that non-profit group for helping at Renaissance Recycling.

    Sincerely,

    Diane Ronkainen

    ANSWER