Today's Opinions

  • Clearance shopping will help you save

    Another question I get asked a lot is, “How do you get clothes for so cheap?” My answer, “I shop for clearance items!” I always shop the clearance rack before I even think about shopping for full price items.

    This past week was a rough week for me. But like most women, the best way to turn a frown upside down is to shop.

  • The Dept. of Education and our identity crisis
  • The dark side of black root rot

    Recent rainy weather in Kentucky has favored black root rot disease development. Black root rot can affect a wide range of ornamentals in home and commercial landscapes, nurseries, and greenhouses.

    Black root rot is commonly observed on Japanese and blue hollies, inkberry, pansy, petunia, and vinca. In addition to ornamentals, numerous vegetable and agronomic crops are susceptible.

    Black root fot facts

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    With this being a week to honor police officers, I would just like to write this letter to honor Chief Chris Atkins [of the Lawrenceburg Police Department] and his wonderful staff.

    I recently lost my daughter, Kristel Case Combs, and the compassion shown me by Chief Atkins was amazing.

    Please know that my heart was touched by the many ways you assisted Shelby, Ronda and I.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    God bless all of the officers that protect and serve.

    Alla Case Welch


  • Stumbo’s mad and I’m glad

    Column as I see ’em …

    House Speaker Greg Stumbo and his cohorts on both sides of the aisle got caught being sneaky and they don’t like it.

    But I sure do.

    Stumbo is fussing and threatening legal action against Gov. Bevin’s recent line-item budget vetoes, apparently because at least one sheds a bit too much light on government — and we all know how, like cockroaches, sneaks hate being exposed to the light.

  • How to manage home garden pests

    It is a good time to think about pest control for your home vegetable garden.

    You can control pest problems, and perhaps prevent future difficulties, in your garden by doing some advance planning and following a few simple Integrated Pest Management practices. IPM promotes minimal pesticide use and emphasizes the use of all available pest control methods including cultural, mechanical and biological practices to prevent pest problems.

  • Take gardening inspiration from arboretums, garden shows

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Plato usually gets the credit for this quote, though no one really knows for sure. We all come up with brilliant ideas, eventually. Just look at Pinterest.

    I think environment also plays a key role. Our surroundings set the scene and our imagination takes off. When I see a pile of “junk,” I wonder what I could do with it.

    I think we should take this same approach to our landscape. Walk by the front of your house with a visitor’s eyes.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Congressman ‘is really one of us’

    To the editor:

    Congressman Andy Barr continues to impress. Not only is he one of the nicest fellows you’d ever want to meet, but he’s been working very hard both in Washington and here at home.

    I’ve seen him at event after event, always making time to listen to the folks. He was even along the route of the St

    Patrick’s Day Parade in Lexington! Andy is really one of us.