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Columns

  • Fresh cucumbers to more than simply taste good

    For those of us wanting to eat healthier and change some eating habits, we do a lot of research. It can seem overwhelming and at times, we want to give up.

    My advice, and my approach has always been to pick one item or one subject and concentrate on that. If you wanted to fix the brakes on your car, you wouldn’t read a manual on the transmission.

  • Teri stays, and I hope you do, too

    Column as I see ’em …

    Has the addition of occasional guest columnist Teri Carter offended you?

    I ask because I’ve heard muted grumbling from some corners of our readership, and received a note from a longtime subscriber this week hinting that he is none too happy about me having Carter’s left-leaning viewpoints on this page.

  • Thanks to Trump, regulatory relief finally a reality for Kentucky

    From my first days representing Kentucky in the U.S. Senate, I pledged to fight back against the Obama administration’s war on Kentucky coal, which imposed suffocating regulations on our hardworking miners and their families.

    While we may have once used words such as “struggling” and “devastated” to report on the state of our coal industry, I think it’s time for a new outlook and description: “optimistic.”

  • Epsom salts are good for what ails you and your plants

    Longer, warmer days are seductive. They entice you to spend long hours toiling away at physical labor outdoors. They also remind you how much time you spent in the chair this winter. After a day on the farm, I feel all my muscles, a little too much. Enter the cure all Epsom salts.

    Epsom salts has a wide variety of uses and should be a staple in every gardener’s home. Here’s a little factoid for you. Epsom salts gets its name not from the mineral it contains but the location it comes from, Epsom, England.

  • Kick your Easter dinner up a notch this year

    What a glorious time of year this is. It is my favorite holiday and since moving to Kentucky, I don’t have to worry if it’s going to snow.

    Growing up, we always got together shortly after church on Easter Sunday. I’m sure a lot of you do, too. Brunch is our favorite because you can do so much more variety. There will always be the usual suspects; ham, green beans, casseroles, carrots and bread. I like to kick it up a notch and take the boring, traditional dishes and make them new.

  • Does your lifestyle honor God?

    Have you ever paused to consider Uzzah from the Old Testament?

  • Take steps to protect poultry from bird flu

    Recently a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, H7, appeared on a large poultry farm in Tennessee by way of migratory ducks and geese. Currently no birds in Kentucky are infected, however, all poultry producers should take precautions and stay aware.

    The H7 virus is a North American strain that is of wild lineage, meaning waterfowl could be a source of it. Since this is the season for waterfowl to migrate north in the Mississippi flyway, there will be an increased presence of migratory ducks and geese in Kentucky.

  • Holding out hope, no matter what

    On April Fool’s morning, I found myself in a crowd of 5,000 runners, struggling up and down the hills of Old Frankfort Pike, hoping my injured leg would hold up for the 13 miles of a half marathon I wasn’t ready to run.

    The day before the race, I was listening to an interview between Michael Barbaro of the New York Times, and Mark, a retired coal miner from Harlan.

  • Care for ill inmates a real budget buster

    Column as I see ’em …

    Never mind, for a moment, that Anderson County shattered a record last month by sending 128 people to jail.

    The real threat to the county’s ever-expanding jail budget isn’t the increasing number of arrests, it’s the failing health of those being arrested.

    With three full months left in the fiscal year, Jailer Joani Clark’s budget is a whopping 263 percent over the budgeted amount for inmate medical expenses, and for that we should actually consider ourselves lucky.

    Here’s why.

  • House addresses serious issues in Kentucky

    The most productive and significant legislative session in modern history has officially come to an end. Although it was a short, 30-day session, the General Assembly has accomplished more in 2017 than we have in most 60-day sessions.