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Columns

  • COLUMN: Gear yourselves and your plants up for spring

    We’re done. Bring on the warmth. The Vernal Equinox is only 32 days away and I know I’m not alone when I say, “Come on spring.”
    The Old Farmer’s Almanac says we’ll get a couple of dustings in March, but by then it will be warm enough not to bother us. Time marches on.
    The hours in the day seem to whiz by even faster as the sun rises in the sky. Have you ever thought of what it would be like if we didn’t have hours in the day? There was a time when folks counted only days, not hours and minutes.

  • COLUMN: Campaign sign restrictions violate First Amendment

    Editor’s note: The proposed ordinance referenced below has since been dropped by Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.

    The proposed fiscal court ordinance restricting the displays of campaign signs is yet another example of government intrusion that must be stopped.
    First and foremost, this violates our First Amendment rights to freely express our opinions. Secondly, this ordinance exposes on a local level the ideology that government is the solution to our complaints.

  • COLUMN: Farm, commercial vehicle tags renewed next month

    As we approach our busiest month of the year, I thought that the column this month should be on licensing and transfer of vehicles.
    As clerk, I see many people who aren’t aware of some very important issues that can arise with each of these procedures.
    About a month before your vehicle tags expire, you will receive a card from the state with the Anderson County Clerk’s contact information on it. This card is to remind you of your expiration date, provides you with the amount that you owe and can be used for tax purposes.

  • COLUMN: Growing up, growing out

    One morning, while I was still in college, I rolled out of bed in my dorm room to start getting ready for class.
    I fixed my hair in the mirror, threw on some makeup, picked out a shirt and pulled on a pair of jeans, but, wait — they didn’t zip.
    I quickly reached for another pair, but they didn’t even squeeze over my hips.

  • COLUMN: ‘Squash’ winter, it’s almost planting time

    Every day holds a little more sunshine. We really are gaining more daylight as the days march along, giving us a little taste of the summer to come. We’re all ready.
    Those who grow from seeds are already getting dirt under their nails. Well, technically it’s potting soil, not dirt.
    It’s good to feel like a gardener again, even if the grass is a little on the “white” side.

  • COLUMN: Mouth guards — equipment to protect the smile

    It’s easy to take some things for granted until they’re suddenly gone. Have you ever thought about how it would feel if you lost one or two of your front teeth? You’d probably avoid smiling. It would be uncomfortable talking with someone face-to-face. It wouldn’t be easy pronouncing certain words. And how about eating an apple? Until your teeth are gone, you might not miss them.

  • COLUMN: City would be wise to join broadband parade

    Now that the South Anderson Water District has allowed a wireless Internet provider to place antennas on its water towers, the city would be wise to consider allowing antennas on its water towers, too.
    Once the water district signs off on the deal, businesses outside of the city will have a distinct advantage over those inside, simply because they have a less expensive, more versatile way to connect their businesses to the world.
    Businesses in the city will remain hostage to hardwire applications, and in this day and age that’s simply not acceptable.

  • COLUMN: My earliest football memories

    The only thing I can remember about the first Super Bowl I ever watched on television is that the Green Bay Packers were a part of it.
    Given my age and the length of Brett Favre’s career, I can also deduce that he was the team’s starting quarterback.
    After some Googling and other modern-day research, I’ve determined that my first Super Bowl memories were developed either in early 1997 or 1998. If I could remember whether the Packers won or lost, that would let me know which year, but I truly have no idea.

  • COLUMN: Local chance to learn about heirloom seeds

    Happy Groundhog Day and happy February. We’re one month closer to spring. As I write this, I have no idea whether Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow or not. He lives in Pennsylvania, home of the Steelers. I can tell you that if the sun came out, he saw his shadow and we’ve got 6 more weeks of winter to endure.

  • COLUMN: New year, new era in Kentucky House

    As the Speaker’s gavel fell on Tuesday, Jan. 4, all 100 members of the Kentucky State House filed into the chamber, waiting to commence the 2011 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.