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Columns

  • May means it’s time to hit the garden

    Yay, it’s May, let the hardening off begin!

    All my seeds have sprouted and grown and now await the process of hardening off.

    This just amounts to me carrying trays in and out, every day, for a few hours to get used to the outside world. They go from climate controlled, to anything goes, in a matter of a week.

  • State of my marriage address

    Note: On May 3, my husband and I will be married 41 years. I’ve adapted this column from 2009.

    While out for our semi-regular Sunday drive, as I flipped through the radio stations I asked my husband what kind of music he liked.

    That’s the kind of questions you ask on a first date, not after 41 years of marriage!

    I’m not sure what that says about the state of our marriage. You don’t even know what kind of music your husband likes?

  • Who are you in Christ?
  • Complaint puts DOT in tough spot

    Column as I see ’em …

    Transportation officials are going to have a mighty hard time explaining to a judge why they’ve continued to allow heavy trucks to travel Highway 151, given what we’ve learned over the past couple of weeks. (See story, A1.)

  • Options exist for battling drug addiction

    Unfortunately, drug addiction and the consequences to individuals and their families have been in the forefront of our community news lately.

    My heart aches for those who are dealing with these issues. In the course of my duties as county attorney, I have opportunities to discuss these issues with families multiple times in a week and am able to share options with them in their attempt to help. My guess is that there are many families my office does not have the opportunity to talk with who could benefit from the knowledge that there are options.

  • ‘Harden off’ plants before transplanting

    I can’t believe how quickly April has passed. Didn’t it just start? With 80-degree temperatures popping up, our mind goes in to summer mode and our flip flop/sandal brigade begins.

    There are two warning points that I want to make here. It is not summer yet and chiggers and ticks are out in force.

  • A deal that would make Trump smile

    Column as I see ’em …

    I sure am glad to report that the industrial park on U.S. 127 appears to be finally getting some action.

    When the Economic Development Authority bought that lot, I wrote at the time that I’d be shocked if it didn’t already have a potential business in mind that would be moved in within months.

    I sure was wrong about that because it has taken closer to a year and half.

  • Brother’s success in Boston Marathon not measured in miles

     

    All my life, my brother has always cheered me on from the sidelines in cross country and track, swimming and skiing, basketball and softball.

    On Monday, I got to return the favor — as he tore through the streets from Hopkinton to Boston in the 120th running of the Boston Marathon.

  • Punishment won’t fit crime against starved-to-death dog

    Column as I see ’em …
    I’ve seen worse things while doing this job, but not many that have made me as angry as I was while watching the blanketed body of a dead dog be removed from a back yard Monday afternoon on Ripy Street.
    I admit I was already fuming after the dog’s owner, according to a police report, admitted that he tied up the small, short-haired, sickly dog two weeks earlier because it was pooping on his floors, then simply let it die of starvation and dehydration.

  • Drug use in schools not as common as some might think

    Column as I see ’em …
    I was more than a little concerned last week when I received a news release about a student group that has been organized to combat what its organizer, school board member Donna Drury, said is “drug use among elementary, middle and high school students.”
    I figured there might be a rare case of drug use in the high school, and even more rare the middle school, but in the elementary schools?
    No way!