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Columns

  • Pension, tax reform discussion possibly on hold

    I hope you and your family are doing well as we prepare to close out the month of July. I have been very busy since the legislature adjourned back on March 30. I have attended many meetings and events in House District 53 as well as our Joint Interim Committee Meetings in the General Assembly. I have received many calls, letters and emails on a variety of issues, but without a doubt the discussion has primarily been on the possibility of a special session being called by Gov. Bevin.

  • Don’t be fooled, Japanese beetles aren’t finished this year

    Japanese beetle activity in some parts of Kentucky this year has resembled scenes from the 1980s, when this insect rolled across the state.

    Although the peak of adult feeding has passed for 2017, the last of the adults will be around for another 2 weeks. As adult feeding subsides, the white grub stage will take over.

    They will feed on grass roots for the next four to six weeks. Combined efforts of the Japanese beetle and masked chafers may result in above normal turf injury between now and early September.

  • 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

  • Shooting at police no longer a big deal

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’m now fully convinced that the only way someone in Anderson County will be convicted of attempting to murder a police officer is to actually shoot one.

    Just in the past two years, two suspects have been charged with that crime, only to walk out of the courtroom without being convicted.

    The first was Timmy Nutgrass, who called the police for help and greeted them after they arrived by unloading hundreds of rounds from an AK-47 on a deputy and four state troopers.

  • Pesky little chiggers are unwelcome summer guests

    Chiggers are the parasitic immature stage of a mite that feeds on other arthropods as an adult. Chigger bites are lingering souvenirs of time spent in brushy areas or tall grass.

    Chiggers are too small to see (1/150 of an inch long) and you will not feel them until several hours after they have fed and dropped off. This information is intended to reduce your problems with them.

    How do they find us?

  • Mailbag, Facebook loaded with feedback

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Let’s start this week with a peek into the editor’s mailbag.

    A short but remarkably acerbic letter arrived last week from someone who either has very slow mail service or needs an incredible amount of time to come up with what I’m sure he/she thought were pithy insults designed to make me feel bad.

    To speak in the vernacular of my 16-year-old, it was an “epic fail.”

  • Facts show eight years under Obama anything but suffering

    The sentence I’ve heard repeated most since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered eight years under Barack Obama.” 

    Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

    The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled, closing at 21,414.

  • Don’t let wet weather ruin garden

    I believe this is the rainiest summer we’ve had in a while. I do appreciate Mother Nature doing my watering, but it sure slows me down on farm work.

    I’ve resigned myself to the fact that the place will not ever look kept until I retire. My off-the-farm work just keeps me away too many hours for it to look groomed.

  • Tomato spotted wilt virus can damage other crops, too

    Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) has caused more problems than usual this year, particularly in high tunnel tomato. This disease can affect tomato, pepper, potato, eggplant, lettuce, beans and cucumber along with more than 170 other plant species. TSWV may occur in the field, greenhouse, or high tunnel. Prevention, early identification, and management will help reduce plant and yield losses.

    Here are the symptoms to look for, preventative tactics, and brief suggestions on how to reduce incidence in crops once disease is confirmed.

  • Tasty quinoa kale muffins for breakfast, lunch or dinner

    There is no better feeling in the world then enjoying the benefits of truly hard work.

    The gratification of walking into my garden in July and seeing all the potential for healthy, fresh eating.

    The smell of tomatoes on the vine, the cucumbers waiting to be picked, the kale bursting upward and the beans and peas crisp and plentiful.

    I tried two new plants this year; Ichiban eggplant and edamame. I’ve already eaten the eggplant, it’s long and thin and delicious.