Today's Opinions

  • When it comes to potatoes, eyes have it

    Happy March. I’m pretty sure our weather will continue its roller coaster trend. The Old Farmer’s Almanac calls for snow this week, as well as during the days between the 9th and the 23rd, with a little rain mixed in for good measure. If mud were a commodity we’d all be rich.

  • Study shows cost changes in post-buyout era

    In the midst of a turbulent outlook for the Kentucky farm economy, tobacco growers, as well as a few tobacco companies, have been inquiring about current burley tobacco production costs and returns. Unlike grains, where input parameters (excluding land rent) are fairly consistent across farming operations, many tobacco budget parameters (labor hours, H-2A vs. domestic labor wages, big vs. small bale, yields, fully depreciated vs. relatively new equipment/infrastructure, contract vs. auction sales) do vary considerably among growers.

  • Letters to the editor

    To the editor:
    Voters across the Bluegrass state will vote in our first Republican caucus March 5, which will select delegates to go on to the National Republican Convention in July.
    Our votes now count more than ever since we are casting them along with other early states.
    It is imperative that we choose the best and brightest candidate who will lead us into a safe and prosperous future and away from the precipice of disaster where our country now stands.

  • Revisionist history a bad look for council

    Column as I see ’em …
    Two things bothered me during Monday’s site based council meeting at the high school, and neither of them involved pajama pants.
    The first, and by far the most egregious, was when I saw the site based decision making council walk out of an office en masse before the meeting, an obvious clue that it had a meeting before it’s official meeting, which is patently illegal.

  • State budget work is on-going

    This week, our democracy is mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia, who was a strong conservative jurist appointed by President Reagan, was found dead at age 79. Justice Scalia’s death was a profound blow for conservative values, and a deeply sad day in our nation’s history. His passing and the loss felt by it highlights the need to elect conservative-minded people to public office, on every level of government.

  • You want to grow, but how much?

    Let’s celebrate! It’s almost the end of February, spring is less than a month away and life is grand.
    Sure there’s plenty of strife and political rancor in the world, but there’s plenty of good too. Science is actually making astounding breakthroughs in medical research, fossil fuel reduction and agronomy. Now, if we could only grow money. Oh wait, we can.

  • Remembering our past pre-smart phones, digital age

    Oh, the things we forget we had to do in a different technological age.
    Over the weekend, I helped my mother-in-law add a phone number to her cell phone’s contact list. I seriously felt primitive.

  • Cabbage is healthy, easy option

    Cabbage is versatile, flavorful, a good value and good for you. It’s easy to grow, tolerates the cold and keeps well. There are at least 100 different types of cabbage grown throughout the world, but the most common types in the United States are the green, red and savoy varieties.