Now here’s a tip

• Plant deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the fall) strategically in order to reduce your heating and cooling costs. Their leaves emerge in the spring to block summer’s heating rays, but when winter comes, they fall off to let the sun in, warming things up a bit. • Keep nail-polish bottles easy to open by rubbing a […]

Services held for William Gibson

Funeral services for William David ‘Bill’ Gibson, 70, were held August 30 in Dayton, Ohio. Burial was in Bearcreek/Hillgrove Cemetery. A son of the late Codell and Zola Sizemore Gibson, he was born in Whitesburg and died August 24. He was preceded in death by a son, David Gibson; a sister, Sue Nelson; and a brother, Merty Gibson. Surviving are […]



Political Cartoon

The president and his team

These days, I try to avoid conversations about President Obama. It’s not that I’ve lost interest in politics. It’s just that most of them don’t go anywhere. They start with all the hope people had when he was elected and then go quickly downhill to disappointment. And because it is much easier to blame the people around him than the […]

Do workers still matter?

WASHINGTON Let’s get it over with and rename the holiday we just celebrated earlier this week “Capital Day.” We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as the real creators of wealth and their honest toil — the phrase itself seems antique — as worthy of genuine respect. Imagine a Republican saying this: […]

Perry has lived off taxpayers for years

Presidential wannabe Rick Perry is flitting all around the country — hither, thither and yon — spreading little “Perry Tales” about himself and the many wonders he has worked as governor of Texas. His top Perry Tale is a creationist story about what he has modestly branded “ The Texas Miracle.” While the rest of the country is mired in […]

Beware the easy ‘fixes’

Please, everyone, stop monkeying around with Social Security and Medicare. We mean you, Republicans, and you, Democrats. No one’s saying that Social Security can’t be slightly recalibrated to keep the program on a sound footing or that significant savings can’t be found in Medicare waste. We’re saying that if Americans are not vigilant, these programs can be undermined by seemingly […]

Car Talk

How often to change oil on differentials?

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a general maintenance question for you guys. Every time I go to get the oil changed on my 1998 Toyota Tacoma, the service man always tries to sell me an oil change for the differentials. I always decline, because I don’t want to pay the money and I’m not sure if the truck needs […]

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