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  • Plan ahead for August chores

    Happy August.

    Anyone else notice the cooler than average temperatures we’ve been having? I just checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac and it’s calling for cooler than average temperatures the whole month. No worries though because September is forecast to be hotter than normal.

    The weather has been a bit unusual all summer. Morning temps in the 50s is just wacky. We’re already up 3 inches in normal rainfall for the year. I’m really hoping that the wet summer means a dry winter.

  • The sound, fury of our Tweeter-in-Chief

    The president does not hold press conferences to push his agenda. He does not preside over town halls, taking questions from constituents, nor does he explain policy from the podium. He does not speak to his Attorney General when he is displeased. 

    He tweets.

  • Beshear warns of Vets scam

    A caller from a sham charity dubbed “Coalition for Veterans of America” is preying upon Kentuckians’ goodwill toward veterans and veteran causes, Attorney General Andy Beshear said, according to a news release.

    The Attorney General’s office has received multiple reports from Kentuckians saying a caller claiming to be with the “Coalition for Veterans of America” is seeking donations to help cover Veterans Affairs medical bills and aid homeless veterans.

  • A Mother’s Day card Hallmark couldn’t write

    Column as I see ’em …

    Greeting cards have never really been my style.

    I don’t mind giving and receiving them, but as someone who makes a living via the written word, I always figured I could provide something a little better than a mushy poem filled with platitudes or goofy “Lordy, Lordy looks who’s 40” sort of gimmick.

  • Pension, tax reform discussion possibly on hold

    I hope you and your family are doing well as we prepare to close out the month of July. I have been very busy since the legislature adjourned back on March 30. I have attended many meetings and events in House District 53 as well as our Joint Interim Committee Meetings in the General Assembly. I have received many calls, letters and emails on a variety of issues, but without a doubt the discussion has primarily been on the possibility of a special session being called by Gov. Bevin.

  • Don’t be fooled, Japanese beetles aren’t finished this year

    Japanese beetle activity in some parts of Kentucky this year has resembled scenes from the 1980s, when this insect rolled across the state.

    Although the peak of adult feeding has passed for 2017, the last of the adults will be around for another 2 weeks. As adult feeding subsides, the white grub stage will take over.

    They will feed on grass roots for the next four to six weeks. Combined efforts of the Japanese beetle and masked chafers may result in above normal turf injury between now and early September.

  • Shooting at police no longer a big deal

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’m now fully convinced that the only way someone in Anderson County will be convicted of attempting to murder a police officer is to actually shoot one.

    Just in the past two years, two suspects have been charged with that crime, only to walk out of the courtroom without being convicted.

    The first was Timmy Nutgrass, who called the police for help and greeted them after they arrived by unloading hundreds of rounds from an AK-47 on a deputy and four state troopers.

  • Pesky little chiggers are unwelcome summer guests

    Chiggers are the parasitic immature stage of a mite that feeds on other arthropods as an adult. Chigger bites are lingering souvenirs of time spent in brushy areas or tall grass.

    Chiggers are too small to see (1/150 of an inch long) and you will not feel them until several hours after they have fed and dropped off. This information is intended to reduce your problems with them.

    How do they find us?

  • Mailbag, Facebook loaded with feedback

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Let’s start this week with a peek into the editor’s mailbag.

    A short but remarkably acerbic letter arrived last week from someone who either has very slow mail service or needs an incredible amount of time to come up with what I’m sure he/she thought were pithy insults designed to make me feel bad.

    To speak in the vernacular of my 16-year-old, it was an “epic fail.”

  • Facts show eight years under Obama anything but suffering

    The sentence I’ve heard repeated most since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered eight years under Barack Obama.” 

    Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

    The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled, closing at 21,414.