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Columns

  • Fiscal court has bills issues of its own

    Column as I see ’em …

    For all of the handwringing and gnashing of teeth that has been done over some shirts and parkas purchased by the coroner’s office, the fiscal court would better redirect its efforts in cleaning up its own fiscal shortcomings.

    Again this year, the fiscal court has received what amounts to a lousy state audit, complete with a note that you, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer, fronted about $200 to provide training for a non-county employee.

  • Stand up for transgender rights

    Transgenders are being harassed by the government and our society.

    Throughout history, people who are different from society’s system of conformity are considered unequal and are treated as such.

    A major issue concerning transgenders has been bathroom use. Many laws are already in place that have forced these valuable members of our society one option: using the bathroom that coincides with their gender at birth.

    Transgenders should be allowed to use the restroom according to their preferred gender.

  • Ways to help mitigate disease problems in vegetable plantings

    More than 100 areas of Kentucky, from Calloway to Pike counties, have been unlucky enough to receive pop-up hailstorms within the last three weeks.

    Hail is typically accompanied by driving rains and wind and can physically damage even the strongest plants. Depending on the extent, plants can usually recover from hail damage.

  • Which candidate has Kentucky in its cards?

    Tuesday’s primary dealt the cards for the Nov. 8 general election. Who holds the good hands in Kentucky?

    Not Hillary Clinton.

    With a huge effort, she avoided embarrassment, but her 0.43-percentage-point win over Bernie Sanders was less a victory than an avoidance of setback.

  • 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.