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Columns

  • Holding public records hostage

    While employed as an instructor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism, former hostage Terry Anderson recounted his five-year battle with federal agencies to obtain copies of public records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) relating to the government’s efforts to secure his release from Hezbollah kidnappers during his nearly seven-year captivity.

  • Free Enes Kanter, protect free speech

    When the NCAA ruled Enes Kanter ineligible to play basketball for the University of Kentucky, people tweeted #FreeEnes.

    Now that the Turkish government has issued an arrest warrant for Kanter after he criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the hashtag has re-emerged.

    Kanter’s fight for free speech brings an international issue to the Bluegrass. Kanter has openly criticized the Erdogan government, and in reward it revoked his passport so he could not travel.

  • Tips on controlling flies

    Warmer weather brings more pest problems. Horn flies and face flies are key pests of Kentucky cattle. Both species breed in fresh manure piles, but they present different threats and management problems. Fortunately, you have a variety of fly control options.

  • Happy to celebrate 225th anniversary

    On June 1, the Commonwealth of Kentucky celebrated the 225th anniversary of its admittance as a state into the Union. Originally a part of Virginia known as “the Kentucky County,” it became the 15th state of this nation in 1792. So today, I want to celebrate my home state of Kentucky, a place the Native American Wyandot nation called the “land of tomorrow.” Once considered the far western frontier, Kentucky has developed into a state with diverse industries, a strong heritage, and international prominence.

  • Spice up summer with these West Coast favorites

    One of the biggest adjustments my family has had after moving is the difference in culinary between California and Kentucky.

    In a state where there is at least one Starbucks and Target on every corner, you can imagine that the food places are just as plentiful on the West Coast. With far less options available, and even less variety than what we were used to, we are slowly acclimating to a different world of cuisine.

  • Trump only delivering photo ops

    Jobs, jobs, jobs.

    This is the rallying cry from followers of the president, and rightly so. Enough about Russia. Enough about the election. Enough about leaks and palace intrigue at the White House and Mar a Lago and golf. Enough.

    We need jobs. We need to find a way to keep companies in the United States. We need good jobs that offer stability and pay a living wage.

    The president made us a promise. Let’s give him a chance.

  • Get kids up and moving this summer

    It’s the end of the school year and I just saw the perfect T-shirt that said it all, “Dear Parents, tag, you’re it, Love Teachers.”

    There is nothing like the start of summer to put a song in our hearts and smiles on our faces.

  • Gearing up for dog days of summer

    Last week was a scorcher. I’m hoping this week will be a little cooler with the rain. I’m trying to gear myself up for the dog days of summer. The kids go back to school, traffic picks up, and I feel less and less like cooking. It’s time for big dinner salads, cold soups, lighter fare, and as much as possible on the grill. (no cleanup) .

    I like to use leftover corn that I’ve grilled previously. If using fresh, uncooked corn, you can char the outside in about 5 minutes over a gas flame.

    Roasted corn soup with avocado

  • sanity to fireworks use

    Column as I see ’em …

    First a little house cleaning. For those who care, I’m still in the Buffalo area, caring for my mom. Her will to live is incredible, and I’m a better man for witnessing that.

    Thanks to the tech wizards at our corporate headquarters in Shelbyville, I’m just about fully functional from here and able to access the computer on my desk as if it where in front of me, hence me filing some copy this week from afar.

  • Are you remaining silent as evil and sin run rampant?

    I saw an interview this week with a man who owns an orchard and family farm near Lansing, Michigan.