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  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Looking for value in hard times? Here’s help

    Like you, I’m pretty much a very, very loyal grocery shopper.
    Over the years, I’ve chosen to spend money with folks who spend theirs with me.
    Hence, I search their ads in the newspaper each week to determine what I am going to buy where.
    I honestly can’t recall a moment when I went out on a “jag” and plunked down serious cash for an item I hadn’t thought out.
    Well, I guess I do have to admit I once rushed out to a convenience store on Christmas morning for batteries for one of Jon Clark’s Christmas gifts.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Pushing beyond the limits, mist and all

    Humidity.

    I rarely take vacation time in July because of that single weather extreme. I’m more the April or October type.

    But this year, circumstances prompted a change in my habits. And while the humidity is out there in spades, I’m glad I am getting out of the house more during a month I usually hole up inside.

  • A View from Lick Skillet: Money men continue to manipulate patriots

    By Gerald Largen

  • Impressions: Support of reading makes sense

    Folks know we are reading enthusiasts here at the newspaper. Obviously, that makes sense in our line of business.

    As print and on-line information providers, it’s, well, kind of important that our current and future customers are have effective reading skills.

    Hence, over the years we have been ardent advocates of education and literacy initiatives.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Vanderbilt poll produces surprising data

    We wonder why the preachers of the ilk of Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, et al., who have always been so vociferous in assigning great disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes, to God’s wrath as punishment for man’s shortcomings of a Liberal nature, but remain totally silent when such disasters have befallen areas dominated by those of a Conservative nature.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Take your RCN on vacation, get picture in paper

    Are you ready for some summer?
    Like most folks, my bet is you’re already pondering just exactly how hot it’s going to get in August.
    That’s because we’ve had an extremely warm May and June — and July’s just around the corner.
    My guess is the days and weeks to come won’t exactly be lazy. Especially this weekend, because Independence Day is here.

    I always enjoy the holiday … especially when it coincides with a long weekend.

  • LOOSELEAF LAURATE: Tomatoes help keep the memories alive

    If my mother were to have a Facebook page, I believe she’d have to check the “It’s complicated” response on relationships.

    Dad, her lifelong mate, died nearly five years ago, and Mom has made it clear that she’s not seeking another man in her life.

    But it is funny, even in a bittersweet sort of way, how she continues some of the rivalries with him, even when he is gone.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: It’s time to rein in UT’s Cheek and trustees

    Faithful readers know by now that the old curmudgeon loves reading, especially older books.
    The other day we picked up a volume that had resided peacefully on our shelf for close to a quarter of a century, the exact time it is hard to state with certainty.
    It was published in 1972, but we did not acquire it for some little time, possibly 10 to 15 years. We do this quite often, buying a book that looks interesting, which we for some reason cannot read just at the time of purchase, but which we think we may at some time get around to reading.

  • Impressions by Johnny Teglas: Careful food handlers won’t need iron stomach

    Iron stomachs.
    Some folks have them. Some don’t.
    The fellow sitting in this chair is one of the latter.
    I think it has to do with the fact that when I was a child, carsickness came easy for me.
    I often had to ask my parents to stop so my head would quit spinning.
    It’s also well documented that when I get near water, moving or still, my ruddy face turns green.

  • Divided loyalties: How to be true to two schools

    My 35th high school reunion is this summer. Both of them, actually.

    I grew up in the Franklin County school system in Frankfort, Ky., until the middle of my junior year.

    After my father took a promotion in Cincinnati, the family moved to the Boone County, Ky., school system just across the Ohio River from the big Queen City.

    I grew up with the kids from the Franklin County schools, including my first two and a half years at the high school there.