Today's Opinions

  • Gardeners need to beware of ticks

    Like most folks, I am a creature of habit.

    It’s comforting to know something will always be the same, so you can count on it. Change is something that likes to really mess with comfort. I know in my head, that change is good. It keeps us on our toes and forces us to learn new things. Lifelong learner that I am, I really like that last part, but unless I’m really interested in learning it, it usually takes a chair and a whip.

  • Growing peppers? Better be on lookout out for bacterial spot

    Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for bacterial spot of pepper this week.

    As the most common disease of pepper in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not actively using preventative practices will likely experience at least some bacterial spot.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    On May 13 the Department of Justice and Department of Education released a joint statement that they have reinterpreted (and will enforce) Title IX, a 1972 statute written to prohibit sex discrimination, as also prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status.

    For example, if a boy claims to identify as a girl, then he must be treated as a girl by an educational institution. The joint statement gives opposite-sex access to restrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc.

  • Story behind the story

    When the story of the “mystery photo” (See page A1) landed in my lap a few weeks ago, I was in a spot that reporters rarely find themselves — a part of the story. Rather than simply stating the facts, asking questions and writing from an outsider’s standpoint, I found I was a character in the story.

    Of course, as all this was unfolding, I was never really certain if I had a story or not.

  • 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.