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Columns

  • 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.

  • Spring has sprung so go mow your grass

    The smell of fresh cut grass wafting through the neighborhood is one of the surest signs of spring. You should already be thinking about lawn care since it’s time to clip the grass for the first time. Your most important annual lawn duties begin with that first mowing.

  • When it comes to activated charcoal, look before you leap

    Following trends is not a bad thing. I don’t believe in magic bullets or miracle cures. I do however, monitor all the food trends in the stores, media, food blogs, etc.

  • Eyes, nose, fingers best tools to select fruit

    Some days it’s really tough to stay inside and do chores and today is one of them. It’s sunny and almost 60 degrees. I know myself very well, and if I put off writing this until tonight, my body and brain will be too tired. So, I like eating almost as much as I like being outside so let’s talk food.

    Fruit is my idea of candy, well besides hot cocoa. While I may have more knowledge than some when it comes to picking good fruit, I do fail at times. It’s really hard to tell when shopping at the grocery. They’ve gotten really tricky.

  • A wall of Trump’s own making

    I’ve hit a wall of my own making.

    I started jogging before Christmas, and though I could not complete even 1 mile without walking some, I decided to sign up for my first half marathon on April 1.

    With zero experience running long distances and not bothering to research training regimens, I figured three months would be plenty of time to get to 13 miles. I would work hard. I was committed. Piece of proverbial cake.

  • Spring veggies the pefect fit for warmer weather recipes

    Spring is here. The red buds are in bloom, the warmer weather, fresh cut grass, and lots of rain.

  • Time to get spring veggies in the ground

    Talk about some gorgeous days! The longer light and warm temperatures sure have made for some productive days on the farm. I’ve noticed several newly plowed garden plots around the county, so I know I’m not alone in ratcheting up our outdoor activity level.

    While I was out playing, I noticed numerous times when a teeny, tiny little tick was crawling on my hands. These things are smaller than a pin head and they can crawl into lots of places. You don’t even feel them crawling on you because they are so light.

  • Live in Taylorsville? I don’t think so

    Taylorsville is a neat little community, but I sure wouldn’t want to live there.

    Here’s why: A front page story in last week’s edition of The Spencer Magnet chronicled how a teenager housesitting for friends cowered in a bathroom after hearing someone breaking into the house. The teen called 911 but, because law enforcement in Spencer County is a full-blown Dumpster fire these days, the first officers to arrive were troopers who traveled there from Anderson County.

  • 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.