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Today's Opinions

  • Digging down to words’ roots

    As a gardener, I’m very familiar with roots. As a writer, I’m very familiar with words. I thought I’d put the two together this week and look into the origins of some of the phrases we use or hear regularly. That’s a bit unusual for a gardening column and you may think me “mad as a hatter” for doing it.

  • New host confirmed for emerald ash borer

    On Oct. 14, the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) at the Smithsonian confirmed the partial adult and larval specimens recovered from a white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) as emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire). EAB larvae and a partial adult specimen were collected from four white fringetrees up to 20 miles distant from one another in the Dayton, Ohio area. Also present in the infested material were D-shaped exit holes and fully developed galleries identical to those caused by EAB.

  • Election night shatters pomposity, Democrats

    Column as I see ’em …

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    It’s fairly rare that I’m at a loss for words.

    Driving home Tuesday night after watching the local Democrat party suffer what has to be the worst defeat in its history (I’d soon learn that the rest of America’s Democrats did roughly the same), I can’t say I was shocked over who won here, but the margins were stunning.

  • The real reason tourism here stinks

    By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …

    Most of you will be happy to have this election over with if for no other reason than to stop hearing Mitch and Alison berate each other a thousand times a day.

    Me? I can finally stop listening to local politicians tell us what they will do to fix our tourism dilemma.

  • Put pumpkins to other good uses

    Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins. It’s that time of year when we see them everywhere. Take advantage of the leftovers after this weekend and you’ll find a whole host of things to do with them. Since I’m all about learning interesting, though sometimes useless, facts let’s start with a little history.

  • Beef producers call for Nov. 20 referendum

    Kentucky beef producers have called for a referendum to support the advancement of beef promotion in Kentucky by collecting an additional $1 per head sold.

    The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, as the certified entity, made an application to the Kentucky Board of Agriculture requesting a referendum to further beef promotion in Kentucky. The Kentucky Board of Agriculture approved the request and a referendum date of Nov. 20 has been set.

  • Program will teach 10 signs of Alzheimer’s

    What is typical of aging and what might be a sign of problems with memory? The University of Kentucky is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present “Know the 10 Signs” across Kentucky. Anderson County Extension will sponsor two programs next month on Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Please call the Extension Office at 502-839-7271 to reserve a spot for this free educational program.

  • The Lawrenceburg man who nearly became president

    James Beauchamp “Champ” Clark was born near Lawrenceburg on March 7, 1850. As a boy he worked on farms in Anderson County. By the time he was 62 years old he had become the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was the ranking Democrat official in the nation, and the leading Democratic candidate for president going into the 1912 Democrat nominating convention.