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Today's Opinions

  • All-America selections for 2009

    I've followed the All-America Selections for as long as I can remember. It was always a designation that my father trusted, and we often trialed the plants in our own family garden the year before their introduction.

    Some of the more memorable plants include "Purple Wave" petunia, "Magestic Giants" pansy mix, and the "Profusion" zinnias.

    Sure, there were memorable vegetables in the past, but it seems as though the AAS is responding to the increase in vegetable gardening interest by including more vegetables then ever each year.

  • It was as bad as, like...whatever

    When you were in school, for some of you the eight most frightening words of your day were, "OK, students, it is time for English class."

    In fact, just reading that sentence caused some of you to shiver. Others, however few and far between, actually enjoyed English class. You thrived on learning vocabulary words, and loved to diagram sentences. You labored over every paper to make sure each phrase was as sharp as the pencil that wrote it.

    This article is for those weird folks in the second category. But we'll allow the rest of you to look over our shoulders.

  • It's scary how big Halloween has become

    Sometime during the last couple of decades, the exact moment seems to have gone unrecorded, a witch toiling over a boiling caldron somehow threw in the right mix of eye of newt, cats whiskers and the dander of Cousin It to conjure up a spell that suddenly made Halloween very important.

    What always had seemed to be a fun little candyfest that captured the attention of small children, their parents and their dentists for, oh, maybe two weeks now has become some sort of monthslong homage to all things scary and saccharine.

  • Time for a change

    With the mess this country is in under a Republican president and the mess our ex-Republican governor left the state in, why would we want to turn the country over to more Republicans? President Bush led us into a war in Iraq, which has bled this country dry. Would we be in as bad of shape with the Wall Street meltdown if we had not spent all our money on an un-winnable war? In the last eight years I have watched my retirement fund melt down to less than half what it was when Bush took office. I know the rest of you are hurting also. Had Bush, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen.

  • The best 'doctor'

    Recently my close friend from New York City discovered he had a serious medical problem and needed extensive surgery. The hospital had two specialists on staff who would be able to perform said surgery. One of the surgeons had about 8 years of medical surgical experience and the other about 35 years of experience and knowledge. My friend, realizing the seriousness of the medical problem and the threat to his life and his future, took his time to evaluate both doctors.

  • Stock market issues no cause for panic

    Most of us are aware of the financial troubles that have been plaguing Wall Street during the last several months.

    The failures and mergers of major financial institutions along with the big drops and brief gains of the stock market during the last several weeks have caused many Americans to become concerned about the state of their investments and retirement funds.

  • Hold off on fertilization for now

    Our current weather conditions demand that we rethink some of our fall chores.

    Fall lawn and tree fertilization should come later this year then normal because of the drought conditions. An application of high nitrogen now would only burn up what little green grass you may have and force trees to work more then they should under stressful conditions.

    Even if you irrigate the lawn and water is not an issue, you still want to hold off because our lawns also share space with the roots of our trees and shrubs and will have access to the applied nitrogen.

  • Let's all recycle

    I am 9 years old, and I would like to tell everyone about our Shelbyville Recycling Center and the nice people who work there. I am learning about "going green" in home schooling. We started recycling, and we took a tour of the recycling center. We saw what we could recycle and what we couldn't recycle. A couple of weeks later, we took our recyclables to the same place and they truly seemed happy to see us again. They were so helpful. We drove up, and they even helped us unload our car!