• Carman: Proud to be a ‘top dog’ owner

    I’ve got a top dog.
    And that’s not just my opinion.
    According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever is America’s top dog of 2010.
    In a segment last Wednesday on The Today Show, an American Kennel Club spokesperson gave the results of the country’s top five dog breeds. And the lab remains at No. 1 — for 20 years in a row!
    Labs are followed by, in order of favorite, the German Shepherd, Yorkshire Terrier, Beagle, and Golden Retriever.

  • Rowell: Greens for health brings green for wealth

    In case you haven’t heard, the Industrial Revolution in the United States is over.
    But that doesn’t stop every small community like Liberty and every rural county like Casey from waiting for a large factory to arrive, offering thousands of jobs.
    Only problem is, it ain’t gonna happen, according to a man who says he has the answer to part of America’s unemployment situation.

  • Carman: Coupons have life after expiration

    When I was gathering information for the story about couponing that ran in last week’s issue, it was eye-opening to realize how dedicated some people are to clipping and using coupons.
    One person I spoke with called herself a “coupon procrastinator,” meaning that she would clip the coupons and then forget to use them.
    If I clipped coupons, that would be me, too.

  • Rowell: Now, now, play nice Sen. McConnell

    Possibly it was in kindergarten I learned that there are people whom I will never like and vice versa.
    However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get along with those with whom we disagree or dislike.
    And to go along with that life lesson, I also picked up that when you share a sandbox with several other kindergartners — even when one is mean or a bully — you learn to play nice.
    Playing nice involves trying to get along where you won’t get sand kicked on you. It also requires that you share your bucket and shovel with others.

  • Carman: Who is the ‘Best of Casey County?’

    Well, the ballots are in, and thanks to all of you who participated in choosing the “Best of Casey County” Reader’s Choice Awards.
    So, who won?
    We don’t know yet. We’re still counting ballots.
    The response in the three-week voting period went very well, and rest assured, we will announce who those winners are in a special publication that will come out in a few weeks.

  • Rowell: Gun control issues will be raised again

    The tragedy of the six shooting deaths and the 13 others wounded in Tucson, Arizona, will no doubt raise questions about gun control in the United States.
    It was, without question, the work of someone who is unstable — how can this man kill six people and then go to jail, sit in a cell and have a smirk on his face?
    One would think that gun sales would have declined in the wake of a tragedy like this.
    Not in America.

  • Wells: Furniture queen finally has her own style

    When I got my first apartment I had all sorts of hand-me-downs from family and friends with which to “decorate.” I use that term loosely because there was no decorating.  I even had a 4-foot walnut log that I used as an ashtray stand.

  • Carman: Suffering from AS (autopilot syndrome)

    I popped a bag of popcorn before I sat down to write this column, not really having any idea what it was going to be, only knowing that the clock was ticking and I had to write one. So I sat here and stared at the computer monitor and pondered several subjects — the weather, more New Year’s resolutions, the local garbage issue ......
    Suddenly, the bowl of popcorn was gone.
    Where did it go?
    Did someone come in my office and gobble it up while I was pondering what to write about?
    Probably not.

  • Rowell: Immigration reform still a hot topic

    Immigration reform is one of those hot button topics that’s not going to go away.
    On the one hand, illegal Hispanics permeate our porous borders like hot grease through a paper towel.
    And, farmers will tell you that it would be difficult, if not totally impossible, to harvest a crop without the benefit of illegal alien labor.
    On the other hand, how much money is spent each year educating the children of illegal aliens and treating them medically in health departments and other agencies funded by taxpayer dollars?

  • Wells: Age is all in your mind, maybe a little in the body

    I had a birthday recently. I am older. I am NOT old. Now, you repeat after me: “You are not old, you are not old, you are not old.”
    Several things have happened recently that make me think that other people think I am old.