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Today's Opinions

  • Attacking bed bugs expensive, tedious

    Last week I had a call from someone who remembered my column on bed bugs from last August.
    They had a serious infestation and wanted to know what could be done and what it would cost. The answer is bad news – lots of work and lots of expense.
    Bed bugs were found at one of the Department of Transportation offices in Frankfort. Although it was reported that very few bed bugs found, the entire floor was treated the second time around.

  • Cotillions breed self-righteous arrogance, not needed empathy

    To the editor:
    I was repulsed, if not surprised, to learn of the recent founding of the Lawrenceburg Junior Cotillion. The establishment of the Junior Cotillion presents a fine example of the perpetuation of archaic mentalities that have left the South falling behind the rest of the country for the past century.
    The history of the cotillion is a nauseating one, marked most notably by the desire of the Southern elite to flaunt their wealth and by the tradition of objectifying women and teaching them how to “behave.”

  • On my mind: Judd’s voice needed in Senate

    Will someone please wake me up?
    I just had a dream that Ashley Judd was running for Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat.
    OMG! It was not a dream; perhaps I was just in a dozing state of denial as it appears she is taking this challenge more serious every day.
    Rumor is she recently met with Democrat insiders in Louisville to seriously discuss the possibility. She’s also met with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Democrat bean counters to conduct some poll research.

  • Hemp law makes headway

    Hemp production in Kentucky may soon become more than a pipe dream.
    Back in November 2011, I wrote a column about industrial hemp as a source of biofuel.
    Now in 2013, industrial hemp is fueling conversations from the state senate to FFA debates at Anderson County High School.
    Last Monday the state senate passed Senate Bill 50 to allow the licensing and of hemp growers, should the state eventually receive a waiver from the federal government to produce industrial hemp.

  • Reverse foolish federal policy on industrial hemp

    Count me among those who wish the federal government would for once listen to Sen. Rand Paul and lift its ridiculous prohibition on industrial hemp.
    Count, too, our sheriff and judge-executive, both of whom have climbed on the hemp bandwagon based on the opportunities it provides for jobs and industry.
    All of Kentucky is buzzing on hemp, although not the way you might think. Unlike its ugly sister marijuana, hemp is the none-dopey version of the plant that can be used for everything from shingles to clothing to oil, plus it doesn’t get people stoned.

  • Honesty, common sense needed in politicians

    To the editor:
    The Senate hearing on Benghazi was a microcosm of the gross ineptness that has led America to the brink of moral and financial ruin. Democrats and Republicans alike showed little real interest in unveiling the truth.

  • UK does more than create college grads

    Earlier this month I visited the Merchandising, Apparel and Textile Department at the University of Kentucky. The purpose of the visit was professional development including an update on current research. I thought you would be interested in the variety of research projects and relevance to Kentucky residents.

  • Feed appetite for gardening cravings online

    You know how it is when you walk into a kitchen and smell something wonderful cooking? Your mouth immediately starts to water. That’s kind of how I am when my little sprouts start to peek out of the soil. I want more! To satisfy that craving, I go online.