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Columns

  • Think twice before working muddy soil

    Webbed feet, anyone?
    Well, the Almanac said it would be a wetter than normal spring. It seems like it just keeps raining. I know it’s hard, but resist working the soil when it’s wet. It just messes it up. I had a small field I dug wet once and it was two years before I got those clay lumps back to normal.

  • Mandatory trash pickup not bad idea

    You could have knocked me over with a feather when Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said that 35 percent of Anderson County residents don’t have their trash collected each week.
    While pondering Conway’s trial balloon of making trash collection mandatory and putting the cost of doing so on property tax bills, I figured that percentage certainly couldn’t be above 10, could it?

  • Sure-fire tips to keep deer, critters out of garden

    I love my farm. I especially love spending days on end working outside on the farm. I just don’t get to do it often. As I write, I’m on day five here at the farm, enjoying my “staycation” tremendously. Though I am no wimp when it comes to physical labor, I am a bit tuckered, and so are the dogs.

  • Shabby houses, shabby treatment and judging Conway

    Column as I see ’em …
    Last week’s editorial (I write those, too) about the county’s need to get serious about trashed- and burned-out houses and the story that prompted it certainly lit a fuse.
    I received numerous calls and e-mails about other houses in similar shape that, frankly, amount to festering pimples on Anderson County’s otherwise beautiful landscape.

  • Get a jump by starting melon seeds indoors

    It will get warmer, we just have to wait for it.
    That’s the tough part, waiting. I am such a wimp when it comes to cold. It’s hard to motivate myself to get outside, when I have to dress in layers. At this rate, I’ll be wearing my long underwear into May.
    We can get a head start outside by starting inside. Now is the time to start melon seeds inside. Watermelon and cantaloupe are warm weather crops that can be a lot of fun. There are so many different varieties to choose from that it’s almost hard to pick.

  • Broadband access proves burying agendas moves county forward, not back

    Congratulations, rural Anderson County. You will soon have high-speed internet accessibility.
    That’s a big deal to some. As my good friend Monty Collingsworth of Collingsworth Consulting once said, “High speed internet may not bring new jobs, but it will sure stop them if they decide to locate to one of our rural areas and we don’t have it.”
    I would personally like to thank Collingsworth the most because he did much of the groundwork for this breakthrough.

  • Spring’s here so get going in the garden

    What a wild weather ride.
    It sometimes seems like we have all four seasons in one day.
    One thought keeps me moving, though, summer is coming. Despite the wild fluctuation of temperatures, we really have to get busy.
    If you haven’t sprayed your fruit trees with dormant oil to protect them against disease and bugs this summer, you better get cracking. You should fertilize them now, as well. Nitrogen in the form of ammonium nitrate or manure will work. Grass clippings add nitrogen as well.

  • Kentucky will finally put an end to the jinx

    Column as I see ’em …
    Several years ago I wrote a fairly unpopular column about my life as a jinx.
    Although somewhat tongue in cheek, it nevertheless has a foundation in reality because, frankly, no matter where I’ve lived nearby college and pro teams just can’t win a championship.
    As a kid, I suffered through my beloved Buffalo Sabres losing to Philly’s Broad Street Bullies for the Stanley Cup. They came close again years later, only to lose on an absolutely terrible call to the Dallas Stars.

  • Since we eat them, we might as well grow them

    Spring has sprung and all I can think is “Ah, warmth.”
    It’s a psychological high unmatched by anything after the winter we had this year. I say psychological because 60 degrees outside is different than 60 degrees inside. One calls for shorts and flip-flops, the other a sweater and slippers.
    Go figure.

  • Still hopeful that Medicaid shortfall will be solved

    Less than a week after the 2011 Regular Session concluded, my colleagues and I once again found ourselves at the state capitol to address the inevitable—a compounded Medicaid budgetary shortfall.
    With the projected shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year at an estimated $166.6 million, the governor exercised his ability to call the legislature back to Frankfort for an extraordinary session.
    The authority to call and to set the agenda for an extraordinary session lies solely with the governor, and he placed only two topics on the session call.