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Columns

  • Ordinance would bring 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.

  • Facts, management options for dogwood anthracnose

    Anthracnose of dogwood is a common problem in Kentucky.

    Symptoms on landscape and forest dogwoods often first appear during wet periods in late spring. If left unmanaged, the pathogen spreads, eventually resulting in plant death.

    Selection of resistant varieties and maintenance of tree health are critical for disease prevention.

    Dogwood anthracnose facts

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.