Madison Press- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:54:42 EST 1800 Riding for a mission in a small world Madison County folks have a connection they may not know about. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Fresh veggies from the garden is a highlight Editors Note: Lovina Eicher has decided to no longer write The Amish Cook column. I wish her well in life's challenges and opportunities ahead and feel blessed to have spent so much wonderful time with the Eichers. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Take steps against foodborne illness I got hit with a nasty bug last week, and I wonder if it might have been food poisoning. I'm OK now, but what kinds of food poisoning are most common, and what are the symptoms? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Mom’s making ratatouille from summer veggies I will preface this column by stating unequivocally that I will not knowingly choose to live in the same house with free-range rodents. Trust me on this. I see differences in the Guinea pigs my grandchildren keep as pets versus mice (and their... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Being good sports on vacation See you again in about 30 years.That was the message from my 10-year-old son Reid as he shook hands with Jeff Idelson, current President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum last month in Cooperstown, New York. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST M-P football visit good for Mount Sterling Dear Editor,I would like to thank Coach Jason Hunt and the Madison-Plains football squad for coming to the Village of Mount Sterling. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Should I stay or should I go? To my fellow world travelers, I have reached the point in every trip where I cannot believe I will be leaving soon. I have come to the point where I could choose to ignore my plans of leaving in 10 days. However, this is not possible. I must think... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A year older but not that much smarter I think I am in a rut. No matter how hard I work, I do not seem to be getting any further along in life. Could it be that somewhere in my past, I peaked and did not realize it? If so, I wish I knew about it so at least I could have the consolation... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The plague of addiction Once upon a time, drug abuse was something “others” dealt with. Now, chances are pretty good we all know someone affected. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Introspective views Looking inside ourselves for a fresh view of the outside, we all make up our own worlds. How we see things, how we feel about the things we see. The trouble is that we don't let others into our worlds. They are private. We do not want others to... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST 100 Years Ago With Charlie Miller July 24, 1914Madison County Democrat — Mrs. Daniel Priest of Columbus, was called here by the sickness of her aunt, Mrs. James Chambers. (Daniel Priest had a cooper (barrel making)... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Benefits of early childhood education may be extensive An unfortunate reality of modern life is that too many families no longer have the luxury of having at least one parent staying at home to care for young children. Work (for those who have it or those trying to obtain it) is inescapable in a country... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Of bare feet and lightning bugs Usually at some point in the summer I receive some inspiration to write about my old adventures on the farm. Summers were usually pretty good, no school, maybe some Little League games, plenty of farm chores to keep you busy and some down time to have... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Again, the isolationist smear It doesn't take much to be smeared as an isolationist by leading Republicans. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who appears to be running for president again, and former vice president Dick Cheney — not to mention Sen. John McCain, Gov. Chris... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The most important problem: It’s not conflict, it’s violent conflict management In 2014, the growing list of suffering by violent conflict management includes (but is not limited to): more than 10,000 murders and kidnappings in Nigeria, civil war in Syria, escalated terrorism in Iraq, an asymmetrical bombardment in Gaza, and now... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Readers request recipes This is part two of our summer recipe series, answering reader requests for different recipes. The Amish Cook will return in its regular format next week.—————— Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Use those tomatoes or the critters will beat you to it So far, the summer stats are: Squirrels and other assorted critters — 3; Us — 10. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Letter to the editor People showtheir prideTo the editor: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Let it go, let it go, let it go This year I celebrate my 20th year as a practicing grandfather. I am not sure that after 20 years I know anything more about being a grandfather than I did before. I have not found any books written on how to be a grandfather, maybe I should write... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Protecting yourself from mosquitoes Mosquitoes feed on human and animal blood or plant juices. Only female mosquitoes bite to get a blood meal for their growing eggs. Mosquitoes usually are considered to be just a nuisance pest, but occasionally they can transmit disease. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST