Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    As voters, it can be hard to know whether you’re truly getting the representation you expect out of the people you send to Frankfort.

    I wanted to write as someone who serves with James Tipton to confirm that you are truly well represented.

    It is hard to think of anyone in Frankfort who is more genuine and principled in their concern for the district they represent and for the future of this state than James Tipton.

  • Kentucky Grazing Conference to focus on pasture health

    Participants attending the 2016 Kentucky Grazing Conference will learn new and innovative ways to think about their pastures and improve their operation.

    The conference is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

    It is sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council.

    Among the presenters is Peter Byck, a journalism professor at Arizona State University. He will discuss how soil health can lead to increased farm income.

  • Know limits on nursing homes

    When there is a medical emergency, you most likely are not thinking about the bill. You need to get help right away.

    That’s why it’s emergency care, an unplanned medical need that requires immediate attention.  It’s not a planned medical event such as surgery.

    Don’t assume that the hospital billing procedures have your best interests in mind. They have to follow the rules for Medicare and Medicaid, which may have very different rules that your private insurance.

  • BOZA vote could open Pandora’s box

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’m very much looking forward to Oct. 20, when the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BOZA) decides the fate of Francis Recycling, a mom-and-pop operation located on the Bypass that has run afoul of the conditions set forth when it was granted a conditional use permit in 2011. (See www.theandersonnews.com or last week’s paper for details.)

  • 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.