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Columns

  • Taxpayers facing sticker shock this fall

    Column as I see ’em …

    If public hearings on tax increases by the school board and county fire district go as planned, county residents are going to be in for some serious sticker shock when their tax bills arrive in the mail this fall.

    The fire district’s plan to raise its tax rate 28 cents, coupled with the school district’s increase of 19 cents, means taxes on a $100,000 home will increase nearly $50 this year alone.

  • Praying, but not necessarily for Trump

    I recently received this note from a Methodist pastor.

    “I could assume you are one of the democratic Trump-haters in which case the president can do nothing that would please you. I am sorry you feel the way you do and that you would consider publishing such a mean piece about our president. I do not know you so this is not an attack on your person. I wonder how such a beautiful lady (picture) could have such ‘bad’ thoughts. Why don’t you join many of us in praying for our president and national leaders?”

  • Limiting weaning stress for beef cattle

    Weaning is usually a stressful time of year for calves. Limiting weaning stress in beef calves can increase their daily gain. Calves often experience four types of stress: physical, environmental, nutritional and social.

    You can help them avoid or minimize these with proper management.

  • Don’t let the end of another beautiful summer pass you by

    It’s always a surprise to see the end of the month. One week just rolls on into the next and before you know it a new month is here.

    I am in full-bore canning mode and planning mode. I’ve got lots of processing left to do in the kitchen and my brain just keeps going outside to all the possibilities.

  • Plums perfect for desserts, entrees

    It’s almost apple season but I’m not ready for fall yet. This year I’m already thinking about mastering the art of the cider doughnut but not until plum season is over.

  • Are local monument’s days numbered?

    Like it or not, the Confederate soldier statue in front of our glorious old county courthouse is an endangered species.

    Like nearly every social construct or traditional value, monuments to those who fought on the losing end of the Civil War are and will continue to be under withering assault from those who loathe our nation’s founding, and in particular, its founders.

    No pun intended, but those radicals are like patience on a statue, and are relentless in their incremental approach to force the changes they want.

  • Kentucky Music Hall of Fame honors all kinds of music

    It’s almost impossible to measure what impact the state of Kentucky has had on the music industry but the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and museum is a place that tells the stories of singers, instrumentalists, song writers, and others from the state who have played even a small part in the rich and diverse music heritage the state enjoys.

  • State fair harkens back to days of self-reliance

    It’s state fair time. Growing up, visiting the state fair was a big to-do. My cousins all had animals to show and I used to envy them getting to stay at the fair overnight. I’m sure it was an adventure, but not very comfortable.

    I loved walking through the barns and then watching the shows. That was a lot of responsibility for kids and they did it all, feed, water, bathe, groom, repeat. They did it night after night and won ribbons and money for their hard work. Never mess with a kid who can walk a cow on a leash.

  • Are local monument’s days numbered?

    Like it or not, the Confederate soldier statue in front of our glorious old county courthouse is an endangered species.

    Like nearly every social construct or traditional value, monuments to those who fought on the losing end of the Civil War are and will continue to be under withering assault from those who loathe our nation’s founding, and in particular, its founders.

    No pun intended, but those radicals are like patience on a statue, and are relentless in their incremental approach to force the changes they want.

  • Unpopular but effective advice for dealing with bullies

    Column as I see ’em …

    What you are about to read will make many educators and the weak-kneed alike audibly gasp.

    Frankly, I don’t care.

    A young mother who lives in another state called me over the weekend, saying that her newly minted second grader had already been the victim of a bully, a mouth-breathing little creep (my description, not hers) who has spent the first week of school picking on her son and has even hit him once.