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Columns

  • Taxing districts, retirement system among short session items

    The 2013 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in full swing; the House of Representatives is considering several high profile topics during this short, 30-day session.

  • For big plants in May, get tomato seeds now

    OK, let’s get the big news out of the way first. Don’t worry, I’m still going to be here writing this column, I’m still going to open the vegetable stand from Memorial Day to Labor Day and I’m still going to be here on my wonderful farm. It’s just that I’m leaving my job at the library.

  • Try sweet potatoes for vitamin rich meals

    Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. They are an excellent source of vitamins A and C.  When selecting sweet potatoes pick the small to medium size for flavor at the peak of perfection. Choose firm, dark, smooth sweet potatoes without wrinkles, bruises, sprouts or decay. Even if cut away, a decayed spot may have already caused the whole potato to take on an unpleasant flavor.

  • Betrayal, anger over proposed state pension bill

    The editor of The Anderson News contacted me Friday afternoon and asked if I had anything to say about a pending bill about the state pension system.
    The pension destruction bill eliminates the cost of living adjustment for retirees and creates a new inferior pension plan that does absolutely nothing to address the unfunded liability.

  • Green Christmas equals a snowy Easter

    Wow. A 50-degree drop in temperature is pretty radical, especially when it is within 48 hours. I’m thinking Mother Nature just pleased everyone.
    Wimps to the cold, like me, loved those warm days, and those who embrace the cold, got plenty. Almost three months ago (Nov. 7), I wrote about my winter predictions. Let’s see how I’ve done so far.

  • Mind travel your way to a warmer place

    I’ve decided to do a little imaginary traveling during these winter months. I’ve decided that the ups and downs of Kentucky weather can be fun. In my head, I’ll be in Phoenix when our temps here hit 60. When it’s cold and snowy, I’ll be in Colorado skiing. When it’s freezing out I’ll be in Minnesota, with my relatives. See, mind travel is cheap and easy. I don’t even have to find a sitter for the dogs.

  • A fresh start for New Year’s resolutions

    Just in time to rescue failed New Year’s resolutions to improve health and personal finances, the Extension Service is launching an online Health and Wealth Challenge called “Ft. Harrod KY Health & Wealth Challenge 2013.”
    This free eight-week program, open to anyone who enrolls online, will be held from Monday, Feb. 18 through Monday, April 15. 

  • Float beds useful for more than tobacco

    I just watched a sunrise give way to waves of clouds in the west. When I say waves, I truly mean it, like a child’s drawing.
    The sky was layered from the ground up, starting with a band of light blue, which flowed into the dark and topped with white cap waves. The wind had it moving like the tide coming in on an ocean. Just another beautiful portrait by Mother Nature.

  • Don’t let stereotypes make you feel old

    How old do you want to be? When children or teens are asked that question, they usually want to be older than they are, maybe 12, 16, 18 or 21.
    The answer varies depending on their current age. But how old do you want to be?
    I’m planning on a healthy 100. It’s in my genes. I come from strong German ancestors who lived a long time: 104, 102 and 99 + 11 months. My aunt almost made it to 100.

  • Warmer temps give gardeners jump start

    Welcome to the new normal of warm winters and even warmer summers.
    Hey, most of us would winter in Florida or Arizona if we could. Now we can just stay home.
    The NOAA announced 2012 was the warmest on record, since it started keeping records. Wow. At this rate we’ll be moving the USDA zone map lines for planting. Maybe and maybe not.