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ATTENTION READERS!! Call in upcoming birth- days at 270-864-3891 or drop them o at our oce located at 412 Courthouse Square. Next week’s list will be Dec. 3-9 . These listings are FREE! Please submit them by Mondays at 5 p.m. or that week’s paper. Page 2— Cumberland County News —November 26, 2014 Letters to the Editor must be on subjects relevant to the readers of this publication. The Cumberland County News reserves the right to edit or reject any letter for brevity, content and clarity and to limit frequent writers. Please keep letters to 400 words or less. Form letters and mass e-mail letters will not be published. Letters should not contain libelous statements. Letters endorsing or opposing a political candidate are considered advertising and will not be published as Letters to the Editor. All letters must be signed by the writer and must include the full address and telephone number for verication. Anonymous letters will not be printed. Letters to the Editor and other articles on this page do not necessarily reect the opinions of the Cumberland County News publisher and staff. Letters to Editor Policy Opinions Cyndi Pritchett – Editor Sarah Stockton – Advertising Manager Billy Guffey – Advertising Design and Layout Paula Gunderman – Typesetting USPS 139-900 412 Courthouse Square, P.O. Box 307 Burkesville, Kentucky 42717 Phone (270) 864-3891 • The Cumberland County News is published each Wednesday at Burkesville, KY and is entered as a periodical at the Burkesville Post Ofce. Subscription rates are: $19.00 (including tax) per year in Cumberland and adjoining counties; $27.00 (including tax) elsewhere in KY; and $30.00 out-of-state (no tax). POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P.O. Box 307, Burkesville, KY 42717. Member of the Kentucky Weekly Newspaper Association, the Kentucky Press Association, the National Newspaper Association, and the Burkesville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. © Copyright, Cumberland County News, 2014 Cumberland County News Happy Birthday to you! Jo’s Bookmark Nov. 26-Dec. 2 Dylan Cape - 26th Candace Gayle Wray - 26th Roxie Williams - 26th Terry Shelley - 27th Letisha Cash - 27th Ashley Scott - 27th Skinner Blakley - 27th Kyle Capps - 27th Donald Gene Vincent, Jr. - 27th Teresa Gilbert - 27th Cliff Dickens - 27th Renata Henson - 28th Sam White - 28th Lonnie Anderson - 28th Lynnie Gilbert - 28th Gladys Staten - 29th Stephanie Cash - 29th Pam Wray - 29th Nathan Hickman - 29th Brandy Rigsby - 29th Brookie Stalcup - 30th Brittany LeAnn Farlee - 30th Parker Perry - 1st Dale Scott - 1st Stephanie Wilson - 1st Nathan Wray - 1st Chris Bowlin - 1st Christine Smith - 1st Jim Hodges - 1st Regina Fudge - 1st Michelle Branham - 1st Donna Spears - 1st Teri Jo Melton - 1st Raymond Appleby - 1st Jay Cary - 2nd Danny Branham - 2nd Donald Alexander - 2nd Diane Akin - 2nd By John W. McCauley In modern agriculture, there is much we can con- trol, but two dynamics re- main beyond our reach: weather and markets. The unpredictability o both, and sudden changes in ei- ther, can disrupt any am- ily arming operation. Kentucky dairy produc- ers know these dynamics rsthand. The 2014 Farm Bill provides a saety net, in the orm o the new Margin Protection Program (MPP) or dairy, so that when un- oreseen swings in markets occur, dairy producers are better protected and amily businesses remain strong. The Margin Protection Program or dairy, which replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract program, was created by the Farm Bill to shield against when the margin — the dier- ence between the price o milk and eed costs — alls below the levels o coverage selected by participating dairy producers. However, this saety net is not automatic. You must visit your Farm Service Agency oce to enroll be- ore Dec. 5 to lock in these protections through 2018. For just $100 you can cover USDA Urges Dairy Producers to Choose Protections by Dec. 5 90 percent o your produc- tion at $4 margin swings and with aordable incre- mental premiums, you can cover $8 margin swings. In act, i you enroll this year, you will even receive a slight increase in produc- tion protection that won’t be available in the uture. It’s a small step to take to ensure your business is covered. I you’re not sure how the Margin Protection Pro- gram works or what it will mean or your operation, USDA’s online resource can help. Go to www.sa.usda. gov/mpptool, type in your specic operation data and explore price projections and market scenarios to de- termine what level o cov- erage is best or you. (You can also compare the data to see how the program would have helped in pre- vious years like 2008 when margins dropped rom $8 to $3 in just three months.) The online resource is on a secure website that can be accessed rom your com- puter, mobile phone or tab- let, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You also have a chance to share your comments and help shape the Margin Protection Program or the uture. According to statis- tics, more than 90 percent o dairy arms are amily- owned and operated, oten by multiple generations. USDA is committed to sup- porting amily armers and creating strong opportuni- ties or the next generation o dairy armers. But we need to hear rom you about best to make the Margin Protection Program work or arming amilies. Submit your comments to us via the regulations. gov website at http:// or send them by mail to: Danielle Cooke, Special Programs Manager, Price Support Di- vision, FSA, USDA, STOP 0512, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC, 20250-0512. Although en- rollment in the Margin Protection Program ends Dec. 5, 2014, comments will still be accepted until Dec. 15, 2014. Don’t wait to enroll - - act today. Today’s market conditions are strong, but as previous years have shown, markets can turn on a dime, costing you so much more i you don’t have a saety net to protect you. Note: John W. McCauley is State Executive Director or USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Kentucky. To learn more about the Mar- gin Protection Program or dairy, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agen- cy county oce at oces. or visit us on the web at www. This past Saturday was such a warmly, loving day. In the aternoon, I ate at my cousin Jim Murley’s and watched his beau- tiul granddaughters, Anne-Kelly and Sweet Cora Rose (that’s what she calls hersel), pull out gits rom the magi- cal tree in ront o Jim’s house. Jim had hidden treasures inside the knot- hole, just as Boo Radley and Scout did in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and the girls were ecstatic to play this little game. Join- ing the un was their Un- cle Chris and his riend, Kristen. I’ve included a photo or your pleasure as well as a photo o Jim’s wie, Barbara and mother, Arilla, standing behind the Tree o Thanksgiv- ing which the girls and their mom, Rachel, made leaves or. Each person present rst wrote what we were thankul or on a lea and then hung the leaves on the branch o a tree. I have so much to be thankul or, including riendships that are at with love and enjoyment in each other’s presence. It is such that I elt on Saturday evening when the riends and amily o Becky Gilbert and husband, Jack, joined each other at a long table in Jones’ Restaurant. My riend, Becky who once hosted the very best party I ever went to, has been di- agnosed with a pervasive cancer o lungs and liver. She looked lovely though and Jones’ owner, Mi- chael Sams topped o our meal with the git o pies. Becky’s sister and brother- in-law were visiting rom Maryland which made the evening perect. I’m asking you all to pray or Becky and Jack as she continues her lie’s journey under a cloud o cancer and pain. Becky’s smile remains un- aected and she is so much loved, and she knows she has lots to be thankul or and smile about. We’ve all lived long enough to know that our lives can turn upside down in a heartbeat. I extend, to each o you, my blessings and prayers or a sae and Happy Thanksgiving. Keep the aith, Becky, T.J. and all who are combating cancer or any chronic disease that Healthy Minds A Weekly Column All About Mental Wellness Name Your Poison: Aspartame or High Fructose Corn Syrup By Elliott B. Sewell MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC “The mentally ill righten and embarrass us. There- ore, we marginalize the people who most need our acceptance. What mental health needs is more sun- light, more candor, more unashamed conversation.” Name Your Poison: Aspartame or High Fructose Corn Syrup An old slang expression (as dened in The Diction- ary o American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kiper, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.) goes “Name your poison”, mean- ing “What would you like to drink?”. It usually reers to an alcoholic beverage, too many o which can be poisonous to body and spirit. There are many toxic (poisonous) substances available in our ood and drink today, many o which aect our mental and physi- cal well-being. How do you like your Mountain Dew (or Pepsi or Coke) or example? I you preer “diet” then you will be ingesting a sub- stance called aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoon- ul, and Equal Measure) which is widely used as a sugar replacement, even in chewing gum and some medications. It has no calo- ries, but gives the sensation o sweetness. However, aspartame is a poison. Any- thing you eat that has no calories may not be ood. Older research has shown an association between aspartame use and non- Hodgkin[s Lymphoma and leukemia. Other research shows that aspartame does not promote weight loss, but rather weight gain. Chew- ing aspartame sweetened gum increases appetite, according to another study. A recent study involving 60,000 post-menopausal women ollowed or more than 10 years, showed that drinking just two diet sodas per day can dramatically increase early death rom heart disease. This study was presented at the 63rd Annual Scientiic Session o the American College o Cardiology. Many other studies show similar dis- turbing results, but the in- dustry, protecting its billion dollar market, denies any problem. Let us consider drinking the sweetened variety o most soda pop. Unortu- nately, it is no longer sweet- ened with cane sugar, but rather with a manuactured product called high-ructose corn syrup. This is not a “normal” ood that actually exists in nature, and much o it has a residue o poison- ous mercury in it rom the manuacturing process. Sugar in any orm causes obesity and diabetes when consumed in large quanti- ties. It is cheap to produce and so soda pop can be sold in larger size drinks or the same cost to manuacture, and so the consumer is en- couraged to consume more. It is digested aster than Subscribe Now and Save $$! Subscribe Now or Renew! $19 for Cumberland County and adjoining counties, $27 elsewhere in KY, $30 out-of-state Jack and Becky with manager, Michael Sams and Becky’s sister. Anne-Kelly, Sweet Cora, Uncle Chris and Kristen at the Magic Tree. Arilla and Barbara at the Thanksgiving Tree. Beautiful Becky with hubby, Jack diminishes our lives. Love to you. Until next time...when we turn another page. cane sugar and goes quickly to the liver where it causes lipogenesis – producing triglycerides and choles- terol. It is a major cause o liver damage and aects 70 million people. It causes spikes in the insulin caus- ing metabolic disturbances, increasing appetite, diabe- tes, weight increase, heart disease, cancer, dementia, hot fashes, high triglycer- ides, low good cholesterol (HDL), high blood pressure, high asting blood sugar, increased aging process, mercury poisoning, reduced immune system and a large waist. What can we do? The most dramatic and eective step we could take is to com- pletely eliminate soda pop rom our diet. Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, and taking it causes other addic- tive behavior. Aspartame is a poison. Use your strength and courage to quit. Consid- er using the natural product (a lea) called Stevia, avail- able at the supermarket or health-ood store. It has no calories, and is very sweet. TIP OF THE WEEK: The best sel-help therapy or depression and anxiety is taking a walk or hike. I the weather is not avorable, walk around your house or your room, or ind some- where else to walk, such as the mall, or a supermarket See Minds on Page 4