Today's Opinions

  • Nip in air signals winter preparations

    I feel it. That nip is in the air and the cold is coming. The dogs are feeling it, too.

    I swear they have more energy than ever when fall weather arrives. They are over the moon when I dress for outdoor work and can hardly keep from dragging me out the door. And they’re not on a leash.

  • Know dangers before using a chainsaw

    I have never used a chainsaw. However, the information in this column is from Jeff Stringer at UK Forestry Extension. I think it’s timely to talk about chainsaw safety now before winter storms begin.

    Furthermore, with cooler weather coming, many people are ready to get out their chainsaws and cut firewood. Almost everyone who has used a chainsaw, or wants to use one, thinks they know how to use it safely.

    “Anybody can do it,” they say. If you believe that, ask yourself these questions:

  • Let’s join together to honor American’s servicemembers

    By Mitch McConell, United States Senator

    One hundred years ago, “the war to end all wars” ravaged Europe. What we now call World War I ended in part thanks to the more than 4 million Americans who mobilized to join the Allied Powers’ fight overseas. Over 100,000 of them did not return home. The war ended on Nov. 11, 1918, and the commemoration of that day has become the holiday we now observe as Veterans Day.

  • Running back deserved better

    To the editor:

    Covington Catholic just witnessed the fastest player on the field. They were probably asking themselves how our coaching staff could have left this talent on the shelf for pretty much an entire playoff game.

    After Bearcat fans stopped cheering for team captain and senior running back Ryan Martin, who took another busted off-tackle play call from coach Peach and scorched it to the corner of the end zone for the final touchdown of his high school career, all you could hear in the stadium were crickets, yep, crickets.

  • Hoping to see Matt ride at least one more time

    I gingerly held my dad’s hand as he laid in a hospital bed watching Marshal Matt Dillon tear across the TV screen aboard his trusty horse.

    His body weakened by cancer and a calamity of other illnesses ranging from pneumonia to staph infections, watching episodes of the old TV show “Gunsmoke” seemed to give my dad something else to consider rather than what has become of the rugged body that had not once betrayed him until just after he turned 75.

  • Trade Agreement could put tobacco producers at a disadvantage

    The United States, along with 11 other nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam) recently approved provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which could potentially impact consumers in about 40 percent of the world’s economy.

  • Get your last minute chores done before cold weather sets in

    Happy November! We’re one month closer to summer! Well, that what’s on my mind anyway.

    As we enjoy this Indian summer like weather this week, may I remind you that the Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for snow by Nov. 11. That ought to get you out of the house and into those last minute chores.

    Keep getting those leaves off the lawn or chop them up with the mower. Take advantage of sales at the garden centers. Cut those mature mums back to the ground. Mulch those strawberry plants. Remove weak stems from your roses. Whew!

  • Let’s talk turkey: Follow food safety guidelines with your big bird

    Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during the “big thaw. When frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. To ensure that food-borne illness isn’t a guest at your holiday table, follow these tips from USDA when buying and preparing your turkey.

    When buying a turkey, allow one pound per person. If you buy a fresh turkey, check the “sell by” or “use by” date to make sure that it really is fresh, and buy it only one or two days before you cook it.