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Columns

  • There’s still enough time to plant some late-season vegetables

    My life is far from perfect, but some days are pretty darn close! Sunday was just beautiful. Got lots of chores done and even made a big batch of vegetable soup to can for this winter. Where did this summer go?

    Maybe the wacky weather made it seem like summer came through like an Indy 500 pace car, with a slow start and a fast exit. The walnuts are already dropping and I’m still playing catch up. I do love my summer chores though. Now that my allergies are under control.

  • Questioning motives on changing rules for public notices

    Column as I see ’em …

    State lawmakers are working their tails off this year on a super-important issue.

    Just ask them.

    No, it’s not solving the state retirement boondoggle they are solely responsible for creating. Instead, they’re bent on doing all they can to operate with as little transparency as possible and couching it behind a lie that doing so will save you money.

    What a surprise, eh?

  • Here are best ways to treat lawns for ants

    Several species of ants are common landscape residents. They nest in places that meet their needs: suitable soil type and drainage, convenient food sources, and in some cases, sheltering rocks or logs.

    We most commonly share greenspace with field ants, pavement ants and larger yellow ants. Mounds of soil excavated by ants make turf bumpy and smother grass around the openings.

  • Pass survival skills down to children

    You could say I got my start on this day, 90 years ago. History shapes us all, whether we realize it or not. Those who know me, know that I’ve never met a stranger, am fairly athletic and love to share stories with humor. In my much younger days I danced, a lot. I got all those traits from my father, Jack.

  • Beshear warns of Vets scam

    A caller from a sham charity dubbed “Coalition for Veterans of America” is preying upon Kentuckians’ goodwill toward veterans and veteran causes, Attorney General Andy Beshear said, according to a news release.

    The Attorney General’s office has received multiple reports from Kentuckians saying a caller claiming to be with the “Coalition for Veterans of America” is seeking donations to help cover Veterans Affairs medical bills and aid homeless veterans.

  • The sound, fury of our Tweeter-in-Chief

    The president does not hold press conferences to push his agenda. He does not preside over town halls, taking questions from constituents, nor does he explain policy from the podium. He does not speak to his Attorney General when he is displeased. 

    He tweets.

  • Plan ahead for August chores

    Happy August.

    Anyone else notice the cooler than average temperatures we’ve been having? I just checked the Old Farmer’s Almanac and it’s calling for cooler than average temperatures the whole month. No worries though because September is forecast to be hotter than normal.

    The weather has been a bit unusual all summer. Morning temps in the 50s is just wacky. We’re already up 3 inches in normal rainfall for the year. I’m really hoping that the wet summer means a dry winter.

  • Actuarial integrity key to repairing pension

    By Jim Waters

    Any retiree who worked as an engineer in building and repairing Kentucky’s buildings, highways and bridges should concur with a hearty “Amen!” for structural integrity, which indicates the ability of a structure to withstand a certain amount of intended weight without failing, fracturing or otherwise weakening.

    If Kentucky is to fix its pension mess, then “actuarial integrity” must become to its defined-benefit system what structural integrity is to its physical infrastructure.

  • Beware the Skimmer

    By Ryan Quarles

    Kentucky Commissioner

    of Agriculture

    Summer is a great time to make memories with family and friends. Whether you are spending your summer out on the farm, driving to your local ice cream shop, or hitting the road for a vacation, Kentuckians should be on the lookout for preying credit card skimmers seeking to steal sensitive information while you fill up your gas tank.

  • A Mother’s Day card Hallmark couldn’t write

    Column as I see ’em …

    Greeting cards have never really been my style.

    I don’t mind giving and receiving them, but as someone who makes a living via the written word, I always figured I could provide something a little better than a mushy poem filled with platitudes or goofy “Lordy, Lordy looks who’s 40” sort of gimmick.