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Columns

  • Leave well enough alone, Mr. Obama

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’ll begin this week by weighing in on Obama’s latest mandate on how school districts must obey his so-called “guidelines” on transgender bathrooms and whatnot.

    As I’ve made clear before, if these observations aren’t politically correct enough for you, too bad. I have not, and do not ever intend to be, politically corrected.

  • Clearance shopping will help you save

    Another question I get asked a lot is, “How do you get clothes for so cheap?” My answer, “I shop for clearance items!” I always shop the clearance rack before I even think about shopping for full price items.

    This past week was a rough week for me. But like most women, the best way to turn a frown upside down is to shop.

  • Unhappy plants? Give them a new home

    I pass by a lot of yards every day. I love to look at the variety. Some are well manicured and designed for ease of mowing and maintenance. Some are filled with arbors, benches and pots. Some have multiple shades of green and some offer a riot of color.

    Your yard says a lot about you. It tells how much time you spend working to keep things beautiful. Mine is a mix of what I like to call tamed and untamed cattle fields.

  • The Dept. of Education and our identity crisis
  • The dark side of black root rot

    Recent rainy weather in Kentucky has favored black root rot disease development. Black root rot can affect a wide range of ornamentals in home and commercial landscapes, nurseries, and greenhouses.

    Black root rot is commonly observed on Japanese and blue hollies, inkberry, pansy, petunia, and vinca. In addition to ornamentals, numerous vegetable and agronomic crops are susceptible.

    Black root fot facts

  • Stumbo’s mad and I’m glad

    Column as I see ’em …

    House Speaker Greg Stumbo and his cohorts on both sides of the aisle got caught being sneaky and they don’t like it.

    But I sure do.

    Stumbo is fussing and threatening legal action against Gov. Bevin’s recent line-item budget vetoes, apparently because at least one sheds a bit too much light on government — and we all know how, like cockroaches, sneaks hate being exposed to the light.

  • Take gardening inspiration from arboretums, garden shows

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Plato usually gets the credit for this quote, though no one really knows for sure. We all come up with brilliant ideas, eventually. Just look at Pinterest.

    I think environment also plays a key role. Our surroundings set the scene and our imagination takes off. When I see a pile of “junk,” I wonder what I could do with it.

    I think we should take this same approach to our landscape. Walk by the front of your house with a visitor’s eyes.

  • How to manage home garden pests

    It is a good time to think about pest control for your home vegetable garden.

    You can control pest problems, and perhaps prevent future difficulties, in your garden by doing some advance planning and following a few simple Integrated Pest Management practices. IPM promotes minimal pesticide use and emphasizes the use of all available pest control methods including cultural, mechanical and biological practices to prevent pest problems.

  • Narcan, jail costs are budget busters

    Column as I see ’em …

    As folks fret and debate over installing a needle exchange at the health department (at taxpayer expense, of course), taxpayers might also want to consider the other costs associated with what is quickly becoming a hard-drug epidemic here in Lawrenceburg.

    In March, the county’s jail bill to house inmates in Shelby County was right around $70,000.

    That’s just for one month and heady stuff compared to what the county was spending even a year ago.

  • The good and bad about carpenter bees

    Male and female carpenter bees are becoming active after spending winter in last year’s tunnels. These large yellow and black bees have shiny, bare abdomens in contrast to the hairy ones of bumblebees.