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Columns

  • COLUMN: News — no matter the hour

    Wednesday morning my phone rang at 4:59, well ahead of my 7:30 alarm.
    Last Monday morning was much the same story, except the phone rang a little later — 5:26.
    Anderson County students have missed 10 days of school this winter (as of Wednesday night when I wrote this column), so it would be very easy to squeeze in a hyperbole and say this has happened to me 10 times this school year so far. But let’s be honest, sometimes school gets called off the day before.

  • COLUMN: If Richard’s right, only one more snow to come

    As January ends I wanted to remind you of a column I wrote at the beginning of the month. Remember the Poor Richard’s Almanac quote “As many days old as the moon is at the first snow, there will be as many snows before crop planting time?”
    I figured out that according to Poor Richard we should have eight snow events. Dustings don’t count. So, as of today, we’ve had seven events. That leaves only one more to go and that should put a smile on your face. I just hope it holds true.

  • COLUMN: ‘Ask and ye shall receive’ verse lost on state leaders

    I’ve never claimed to have all the answers, but I do have many questions about the world.
    Some involve personal annoyances:
    Why do so many people who go to Walmart enter through the exit doors and exit through the doors clearly marked enter?
    Why is it that so many gas stations now require you to prepay at the pump with your credit card, but then still make you go inside to get the receipt?

  • COLUMN: Precinct moves will benefit disabled

    Column as I see ’em …
    Let’s kick this week off with some kudos for a change.
    Topping the list is a shout out to the board of elections for doing the obvious and moving the remaining polling places from the rural areas into the city.
    I know that isn’t sitting well with some folks who live in the western part of the county and other areas because they now have to drive into town to vote.
    They like the tradition of voting within their own precinct, and have done so since Hector was a pup.

  • COLUMN: Quantity over quality?

    When it comes to clothing in the Brock household, there is a constant debate about quantity vs. quality between my husband and me.
    This debate isn’t always verbalized, sometimes it’s internalized, but we like to give each other a lot of good-spirited grief.
    I’m a sucker for a good deal, so, as you can probably imagine, I’m on the quantity side of the discussion. I would rather spend less on items individually and get a whole heck of a lot of them.

  • COLUMN: Tips for growing popcorn and sweet corn

    Well, the best news I can share with you is that spring is only 53 days away. I am so ready for warm. Even the dogs are complaining about the cold, in their own way. It’s got to be a pretty inviting scent to get them to roam very far from the door. When the door opens they make a beeline straight for the wood stove. It’s too funny.

  • COLUMN: Kentucky should say no to slots without a vote

    The slot-machine-at-the-race-track crowd is trying to run daylight by the rooster. They got a Frankfort judge to rule that slot machines with pictures of dead horses can be placed in the race tracks when slot machines with pictures of cherries, oranges and lemons cannot.
    Obviously, that is a distinction without the difference, but the governor and the slot-machine-at-the-race-track crowd will go to any lengths to sock the people of this state with over $800 million in annual gambling losses, most of which will go to rich race track owners.

  • COLUMN: Meet the man who wants to raise taxes

    Cup a hand to your ear and point it toward Lexington.
    That snoring sound you hear is coming from state Rep. Bill Farmer, who apparently slept through the results of last November’s election and remains asleep to this day.
    How else can it be explained that Farmer got up to his old tricks earlier this month by proposing a bill that would raise taxes on just about everything?

  • COLUMN: Putting up with the cold

    My feet have been stuck in boots for ... well, it seems like forever.
    I expressed that sentiment to one of my coworkers Tuesday, and we’re both ready for some flip-flops.
    Never fear, though, readers. Spring isn’t that far away.
    I keep catching myself thinking, “Oh my goodness, it’s so cold, and we still have two months to go.”
    But, when you think about it a little bit more, two months isn’t that long.
    The official first day of spring is March 20, so we’re almost exactly two months away.

  • COLUMN: Beans a good way to start thinking summer

    It’s the full wolf moon today. If you want your hair to grow out slower, wait until tomorrow to get your hair cut. There are all kinds of advice based around the moon and the stage it’s in. Some swear by it, others think it’s interesting but don’t put much stock in it.
    The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a whole list of things to do, based on the sun, stage of the moon and the alignment of the planets. The list runs the gamut from dental care to castrating animals and many things in between.