Today's Opinions

  • Winterize your strawberry patches for a bigger harvest next year

    By Jeneen Wiche

    If you want strawberries from your garden next season you should do a little mulching now in order to protect the buds that have already been set. These buds were set back in August, in fact. The weather was decent at the time so it should be a good year for the berries; as long as they make it through the winter unscathed.

  • Living up to your own personal standards

    By Dr. Angelia Bryant

  • Waking up from a nap to Daniel’s baked French toast

    By Gloria Yoder

    Note: last week’s pizza enchilada recipe should have listed 2 cups of pizza sauce, not two quarts. Apologies for the column editor’s error!

    Many of you are probably wondering about how things are going with our foster placement?

  • Building an American Dream economy

    Building an American Dream economy

    To the Editor:

    I personally believe that the recession of a few years ago did not need to happen. I always wondered why companies needed to hide vase amounts of profits in offshore accounts. This is money that could have been reinvested in state of the art technologies that would have made us more competitive with other nations.

    We are the largest consumer nation in the world and, at the same time, we are also one of the largest debtor nations in the world.

  • We should always try to be our brother’s keeper

    By Joberta Wells

    “It’s ten o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”

    This was a public service announcement that usually preceded the late news back in the 1960s and 1970s. Since I didn’t have any children, I never had to wonder. Back in those days parents generally knew the kids were home in bed, especially when it was a school night.

  • An introduction from the editor, and where the newspaper goes from here

    Thank you for picking up the newspaper — I mean that.

    I probably won’t write a lot of columns in the Casey County News, but I felt an introduction was appropriate. I also wanted to give our readers an idea of what I’m looking to accomplish at the newspaper. I have a few ideas of what we could add, and what we need to bring back.

  • Cook enjoys the aroma of salt-rising bread

    By Susan Schlabach

    Editor’s Note: While regular columnist Gloria Yoder is taking a week off to settle in with her two new foster children, Susan Schlabach, whose family owns one of my favorite plain-owned businesses, The Home Place Bakery, in Georgetown, Ohio, provides this column. The Schlabachs belong to the Beachy Amish-Mennonite church. The Beachy Amish-Mennonite church hews to many of the same traditions as the Old Order Amish but are more progressive in their adoption of technology and participating in missionary work.

  • Prune brambles to maintain healthy berry plants

    By Jeneen Wiche

    It’s time to clean up the bramble patch: In order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries we need to prune out the old to make room for the new. Most brambles are biennial, which means they fruit on second-year growth. Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and attach the new growth from this summer to your trellis; this new growth will bear next summer’s fruit. Repeat the same thing next year.