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Columns

  • Vacation leads to memory recall

    I took a vacation.

    Besides a few one day-ers in my Hoosier hometown, I’ve taken exactly two vacations in 20 years of living in Kentucky. I took three days to meet up with a Phoenix friend in Pennsylvania almost four years ago, and, last week, I headed west again. It was wonderful.

    The plan was to be in Bakersfield, California for the birth of a child. My friend Anne, who used to own the Mt. Eden Greenhouse, had a new husband for me to meet and was expecting their first baby any day. Baby Lucas had his own plans.

  • Farm, home safety tips for stormy weather

    It’s that time of year when we get more thunderstorms. Weather patterns are more active, and storms thrive with the moisture and rapidly rising warm air that is very common during the transition to warmer seasons.

    Stormy conditions also increase the potential for lightning to strike people at work or play outdoors and, possibly, while they’re inside a building. Although thunderstorms are more common during the spring and summer, they can take place all year long and at all hours.

  • Everyone’s opinions are welcome here

    Column as I see ’em …

    I admittedly cringed a bit when I posted on our Facebook page a guest column written by high school junior Caylee Godby that appeared in last week’s paper.

    Godby did an admirable job in explaining her viewpoints on the rights of transgendered people, and did so in a respectful, well thought out manner. My fear was that not everyone would respond similarly on Facebook.

  • Election success was a team effort

    Another election has come and gone.

    Even though we experienced a large voter turnout than originally thought, we had very few issues.

    The state average was around 17 percent and we say approximately a 26 percent turnout. As usual, the Attorney General’s Office visited several of the voting locations looking for voter fraud and election officer compliance. To our knowledge, none was found.

    I want to thank several for helping make election day go so well.

    I will start with my staff.

  • Seat belt campaign a crash course in reality

    For anyone who complains about getting a ticket for not buckling up when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, here’s a crash course in reality:

    In 2015, 761 people were killed on Kentucky’s roadways. Of those 761 killed, 588 were motor vehicle fatalities.

    Of those 588 motor vehicle fatalities, 300 (61 percent) were not wearing a seat belt.

    In 2015, 31 children age 15 and under were killed in motor vehicles on Kentucky roadways. Seventeen (55 percent) of those were unrestrained.

  • Don’t let this ruin your tomatoes

    Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for early blight and Septoria leaf spot of tomato.

    As the most common diseases of tomato in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not on a preventative spray program always have at least some Septoria leaf spot and early blight pressure.

  • 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

    By Caylee Godby

    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.