Today's Opinions

  • Good deals available on garden supplies, tools

    Can you believe it’s the end of July? This month “swam” by. School starts in just two weeks and the school supplies are filling the shelves, but those aren’t the only things front and center when you walk in the door. Garden supplies are on sale now.

  • Satan at work here? Well, not exactly

    This past week, I had the opportunity to interview a mother with a very interesting story to tell — the ending was the most surprising of all.

    She called the news office and with a shaky voice explained that something very odd was happening around her property and her home. I could tell she was upset by the strange occurrences, and when I arrived on her doorstep early one morning to discuss her troubles, she quickly ushered me inside.

  • What works to repel mosquitoes

    With all of the wet weather over the past month, several folks have been calling complaining that they now have a mosquito problem. I have tried to answer questions about controlling mosquitoes, what repellents are effective as well as listing trade names as you attempt to purchase products. Please call our office at 839-7271 if you have additional questions.

    The Asian tiger mosquito (ATM) is a common pest around home landscapes.

  • ‘Athletic tax’ is ‘shameful’

    To the editor:

    I would like to express my opinion about the new athletic tax that will now be charged to students that choose to play sports.

    First of all, I am 100 percent against any new tax on working people; we already bleed enough.

    Secondly, since playing a sport is a choice, any student and their family makes, why should the fact that a student gets free or reduced lunches have any bearing on whether they have to pay or not pay?

  • Confederate, Union monuments should be honored

    To the editor:

    I was raised in Fayette and Woodford counties. Most courthouse lawns and courthouse squares have Confederate or Union monuments.

    Confederates were mainly men from all around Kentucky, mostly farmers and not slave owners.

    Less than 10 percent in the Bluegrass owned slaves and were wealthy planters. There we black Confederates as well that served, and in all fairness we need to honor these beautiful monuments all around the commonwealth, Confederate and Union.

  • Farmers suffering from wet weather woes

    The good news is that it’s actually healthier to let your grass grow long this time of year. Experts say 3 inches is a good height. They don’t say anything about 6-12 inches. Oh, these rains.

    Typically in July, our average monthly rainfall is 4 inches. Guess it just wanted to be an overachiever this year. At least we don’t have to water the trees and shrubs to help them handle these hot July temperatures. Geez-o-pete. It’s like Mother Nature took a water pill and has to pee every 20 minutes.

  • Feeding hay? Know the facts about blister beetles

    Blister beetles are plant-feeding insects that contain cantharidin, a toxic defensive chemical that protects them from predators.

    Accidentally crushing a beetle against the skin can result in a painful blister, the source of the insect’s common name. In sufficient quantity, cantharidin in the bodies of living or dead blister beetles can be toxic, especially to horses. In some cases sheep and cattle may be affected.

    Blister beetle poisoning

  • Flush-with-cash library to be just fine

    Column as I see ’em …

    Let’s start this week off by drilling a little more deeply into the library board’s decision to spend $4 million on an 8,000 square foot expansion project, not to mention the funky, if not wholly improper, way the final decision was made.

    First the good news. Those gnashing their teeth over the prospect of seeing a tax increase due to this expansion can chill. The library has about $2.6 million in reserve funds, which is more than the city council, fiscal court, school district and health department combined.