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Columns

  • Throwing some shade on safety report

    Column as I see ’em …

    While admittedly running the risk of sounding like President Trump poo-pooing intelligence reports from the nation’s spooks, I nevertheless have to throw some shade on the Transportation Cabinet’s safety study on Highway 151.

  • Charter schools among legislation designed to improve education

    Each of us had a school teacher who we still remember today. That teacher may have spent extra time helping us hone a skill we needed a little more time to learn. Or maybe he or she was a listening ear when we couldn’t find one anywhere else.

  • Let the gardening season begin

    It’s spring, so let’s indulge in all things green.

    We can begin with a green thumb. Those who believe they lack said thumb need only do two things. The first is put the plant in light, where you will see it a lot, every day. The second is to water it when the soil is no longer damp. Try it.

    There is a lot of green sprouting up in the yard. I have patches of deep green and spots of yellow green. The yellow green tells me the acid is high in the soil there, so it is a good spot for some acid-loving plants, or a healthy dose of agricultural lime.

  • Here are keys to manage frost damage in your alfalfa stands

    First, it is important to understand that determining the temperature that alfalfa stands were exposed to during a frost event is less than exact science.

    Air temperature reported by local news stations likely uses data logged at a weather station that was installed according to National Weather Service guidelines. These guidelines state that sensors should be installed on level terrain, away from paved or concrete surfaces and upright structures, 4 to 6 feet above the soil surface, and in a radiation shield.

  • How to prevent soft-bodied slugs from ruining your plants this spring

    Slugs are among the first creatures to become active in spring. They scrape their mouthparts across leaves, stems and flowers to ingest plant tissue. Shade gardens are ideal habitats for slugs, along with mulched areas containing bedding plants. New transplants and small seedlings are especially vulnerable to these creatures. Feeding damage and silvery slime trails are already apparent on bedding plants.

  • Legislature needs to stop going soft on heroin dealers

     

  • Want a cheerleader? Look somewhere else

    Column as I see ’em …

    As a customer of the city’s water and sewer department, I was happy report about the federal grant that will shave off nearly half of the debt the city was about to incur for the $2 million sewer project in Alton.

  • Even Putin can’t rig Anderson’s election

    Column as I see ’em …

    This fall’s presidential is rigged, depending on who you ask.

    Rigged is a slippery term. For those some consider pre-fitted for tinfoil hats, it can infer that the outcome is predetermined and we are all just pawns in some grand scheme — a Bush-Clinton cabal of New World Order types bent on global control, among others.

  • Clean the yard now for an easier spring

    Autumn has arrived in Kentucky and, as leaves change color and fall from trees, it is time to focus on landscape sanitation.

    Good sanitation practices can help reduce disease-causing pathogens. These organisms can survive for months or years on dead plant material or in soil, causing infections in subsequent years.

  • School district will recover from Goodlett’s arrest

    It’s been a difficult few weeks for LaRue County Public Schools, whether you work there, attend one of the schools, are a parent of a student or graduated from the district.

    For certain, the district has enjoyed brighter days.

    When those in leadership positions take missteps, it can shake a level of confidence. That’s what we see today at LaRue County, a district that is shaken, yet far, far from being crushed.