Today's Opinions

  • Now’s the time to go nuts for walnuts

    Fall brings a lot of color to our lives, between the winter squash and falling leaves. It can also bring a lot of calories. Some of which are healthy, some not so much. As we near November, I think it only fitting that we talk about nuts, from a tree.

    Here on the farm I have plenty of nuts, but my favorite is the black walnut! Yes, I know they are a pain in the yard. I’ve slung quite a few from the mower blades over the years. Thankfully, no one has ever been hit by one, though there are a few I’d like to strategically line up.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Closing [Francis Recycling] is a very bad idea for many reasons.

    The number one reason is that recycling is not only a business, it is also a service to the people, a service that keeps a world of old scrap autos, appliances, wire, farm machinery and much more out of our landsides and waterways.

    For years people had nowhere to take their scrap metal and autos and if they did, they had to pay to get rid of them.

  • Nothing sad about going to Heaven

    The message was as simple as it was stark: “Cancel this subscription, please. I’m going to Heaven.”

    That message came to me last week on a subscription renewal form, one of thousands upon thousands we mail out each year, usually with nothing more in return than a check or credit card number.

  • Think about safety during fall harvest

    Fall harvest season is a busy time for Kentucky farmers and their families. It also is a peak season for agricultural injuries and an especially important time for farm families to pay attention to safety.

    Take time to talk to workers about safety. You need to be sure all workers are trained and physically capable of operating equipment and that they understand the safety procedures.

  • Finances an important topic for happy couples

    If you are engaged or soon-to-be engaged, you will most likely receive much advice before walking down the aisle. Marriage experts would agree that one of the most important pieces of advice that you can receive is to talk about finances with your future spouse.

    Talking about money before marriage is a great way to work toward building a successful financial future with your spouse. Below are four questions that can help to start the conversation.

    Financial questions to ask your future spouse

  • Good weather wanes as October temperatures decline

    I just can’t believe it’s October. Seems like I just closed the stand.

    I did get most of the beds ready to cover this weekend, along with a ton of weed eating. I picked a few green tomatoes and squash for salads this week. That will probably be the end of everything until Spring. Always makes me sad to see summer go.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    As Election Day approaches, it is important to remember that the General Assembly will once again consider a constitutional amendment to allow local governments to add a 1 percent local sales tax.

    You would pay a 7 percent tax instead of the current 6 percent. It will negatively impact Kentucky businesses, consumers and the economy of Kentucky.

  • Burgoo contests show community’s heart

    Column as I see ’em …

    It’s probably my bias bubbling over, but as September comes to an end each year I can’t help but think what a great community we have.

    Of course that’s following yet another tremendous Burgoo Cook-off, the newspaper’s annual fundraiser for Shop With a Cop that had a record-setting year last weekend and drew a tremendous crowd of judges and an even more tremendous field of competitors.

    After six years it could be easy to become complacent about how well that event does, but check this out.