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Today's Opinions

  • Kid gloves for robbery suspects?

    Column as I see ’em …

    Did you have a loved one who was not allowed to “walk” during the recent high school graduation ceremony due to unpaid student fees, athlete fees or some other technicality?

    If so, I strongly advise you to go read Cheryl’s gardening column because what you’re about to read here is really going to bake your biscuits.

  • Not too late to plant a fall garden

    Can you believe June is almost over? If only winter would go by so fast.

    On the bright side, those of you who’ve been too busy to get that garden planted still have time. There are a lot of vegetables that can be planted right up to fall. So, let’s start with what you can plant in June.

  • Know facts about cedar-apple rust

    Cedar-apple rust is the most common and economically important rust disease of apple in Kentucky. Symptoms of this disease are beginning to appear across the state. The pathogen overwinters as galls on cedar and juniper. Removal of these pathogen sources on cedar can later reduce disease incidence on apple. Once apple trees become infected limited management options are available.

    Cedar-apple rust facts

  • The Good, Bad and the Ugly

     

    Column as I see ’em …

    After beating the heat over the weekend by watching Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino” (his best effort since “The Outlaw Josey Wales”), I’ll pay an homage to old Dirty Harry himself with my own version of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    The good: Anderson County Health Department

  • Gardeners need to beware of ticks

    Like most folks, I am a creature of habit.

    It’s comforting to know something will always be the same, so you can count on it. Change is something that likes to really mess with comfort. I know in my head, that change is good. It keeps us on our toes and forces us to learn new things. Lifelong learner that I am, I really like that last part, but unless I’m really interested in learning it, it usually takes a chair and a whip.

  • Growing peppers? Better be on lookout out for bacterial spot

    Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for bacterial spot of pepper this week.

    As the most common disease of pepper in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not actively using preventative practices will likely experience at least some bacterial spot.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    On May 13 the Department of Justice and Department of Education released a joint statement that they have reinterpreted (and will enforce) Title IX, a 1972 statute written to prohibit sex discrimination, as also prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status.

    For example, if a boy claims to identify as a girl, then he must be treated as a girl by an educational institution. The joint statement gives opposite-sex access to restrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc.

  • Story behind the story

    When the story of the “mystery photo” (See page A1) landed in my lap a few weeks ago, I was in a spot that reporters rarely find themselves — a part of the story. Rather than simply stating the facts, asking questions and writing from an outsider’s standpoint, I found I was a character in the story.

    Of course, as all this was unfolding, I was never really certain if I had a story or not.