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Today's Opinions

  • Farm, home safety tips for stormy weather

    It’s that time of year when we get more thunderstorms. Weather patterns are more active, and storms thrive with the moisture and rapidly rising warm air that is very common during the transition to warmer seasons.

    Stormy conditions also increase the potential for lightning to strike people at work or play outdoors and, possibly, while they’re inside a building. Although thunderstorms are more common during the spring and summer, they can take place all year long and at all hours.

  • Vacation leads to memory recall

    I took a vacation.

    Besides a few one day-ers in my Hoosier hometown, I’ve taken exactly two vacations in 20 years of living in Kentucky. I took three days to meet up with a Phoenix friend in Pennsylvania almost four years ago, and, last week, I headed west again. It was wonderful.

    The plan was to be in Bakersfield, California for the birth of a child. My friend Anne, who used to own the Mt. Eden Greenhouse, had a new husband for me to meet and was expecting their first baby any day. Baby Lucas had his own plans.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I recently completed a major community service project for my Eagle Scout rank. This project required the donation of many materials. I would like to express my gratitude and amazement at the local businesses in this community. They were very willing to help with what they could and asked very little of me in exchange. They fulfilled the needs of the project with little to no hesitation. I simply asked and they gave.

    One of the businesses even delivered the materials I needed with only a couple days’ notice.

  • Waiting to see what OSHA does with morgue

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’d like to be a fly on the wall when folks in the state’s omnipresent labor cabinet get a glimpse of the article in this week’s paper about the county morgue. (See A1).

    Those folks don’t mess around when it comes to OSHA compliance, and for good reason. People have every expectation that their workplaces are relatively free of preventable hazards, and without those pesky OSHA types beating the bushes looking for violations, that expectation wouldn’t be met nearly as often.

  • Everyone’s opinions are welcome here

    Column as I see ’em …

    I admittedly cringed a bit when I posted on our Facebook page a guest column written by high school junior Caylee Godby that appeared in last week’s paper.

    Godby did an admirable job in explaining her viewpoints on the rights of transgendered people, and did so in a respectful, well thought out manner. My fear was that not everyone would respond similarly on Facebook.

  • Election success was a team effort

    Another election has come and gone.

    Even though we experienced a large voter turnout than originally thought, we had very few issues.

    The state average was around 17 percent and we say approximately a 26 percent turnout. As usual, the Attorney General’s Office visited several of the voting locations looking for voter fraud and election officer compliance. To our knowledge, none was found.

    I want to thank several for helping make election day go so well.

    I will start with my staff.

  • Seat belt campaign a crash course in reality

    For anyone who complains about getting a ticket for not buckling up when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, here’s a crash course in reality:

    In 2015, 761 people were killed on Kentucky’s roadways. Of those 761 killed, 588 were motor vehicle fatalities.

    Of those 588 motor vehicle fatalities, 300 (61 percent) were not wearing a seat belt.

    In 2015, 31 children age 15 and under were killed in motor vehicles on Kentucky roadways. Seventeen (55 percent) of those were unrestrained.

  • Don’t let this ruin your tomatoes

    Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for early blight and Septoria leaf spot of tomato.

    As the most common diseases of tomato in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not on a preventative spray program always have at least some Septoria leaf spot and early blight pressure.