Today's Opinions

  • Early warmth sure to spawn plenty of pests

    As I write, Mother Nature is watering my garden. Listening to the patter of rain on the skylight is always peaceful. I think I can almost hear the couch and a book calling my name, but spring has sprung. There’s work to do, even in the rain.
    My peach and pear trees are enjoying their first blooming on the farm. The strawberries are starting to flower and so are my beautiful blue phlox.
    My asters are budding out, too.

  • The things we still carry

    I wonder what I’ll carry when I die.
    Probably my cell phone.
    Obviously, regrets. Maybe a pen or two.  
    Trayvon Martin, 17, was carrying Skittles and a bottle of iced tea.
    And now, the weight of a country more divided on race than we’d like to think.
    In the last few weeks, Martin’s tragic death incited anger against many — the NRA, racism, gun laws, government, police and vigilantes — with few answers to pacify the outrage.

  • Board of health just keeps getting better

    Column as I see ’em …
    Let’s start this week’s column off with some good news for a change, OK?
    One of former health director Brandon Hurley’s biggest supporters on the Anderson County Board of Health is no longer there, I’m happy to report.
    Joy Hoskins, a nurse who works for the state health department, was not reappointed.
    That’s a fact. Of course that wasn’t supposed to be known, so the official word from people in Frankfort who ultimately dodged my questions is that she “resigned.”

  • Thoughts on preserving the fruits (and veggies) of your labor

    I’m thinking about canning, pickling and jams, and I haven’t even planted the first seed.
    I’m hoping for good production from my garden. I don’t want to put all the work into it and just get enough to eat fresh.  
    We have a wonderful publication on Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky ID-128. You can search it on-line or you can pick up a free copy at the Anderson County Extension Office.
    Limited supplies of the publication are available.

  • One word can help when stereotypes surface in conversation

    Biases and stereotypes are as common here as anywhere else.
    It’s challenging to know how to speak up without shaming the person who makes comments that are demeaning to groups of other people. After all, you don’t want to treat that person in an unfavorable way either.  
    I recently attended a seminar on effectively communicating respect and inclusion in today’s diverse business environment.

  • Listen to tree frogs for next storm forecast

    Those of us residing in the country have had the loudest of concerts, almost daily. It’s the peepers! Tree frogs have been making lots of noise, day and night, and it’s been wonderful! Did you know that peepers always get louder before a rain? True.
    There are more ways to predict rain. Spiders don’t weave their webs if it’s going to rain. Dewless mornings also predict rain.
    Dandelions and other flowers will close their blossoms before a rain.
    All are easy ways to lead you to the mower, instead of the lawn chair while the sun is out.

  • Attacks on the church coming from within

    To the editor:
    It is disheartening to read and listen to all the hateful and disparaging things being said about the church these past few weeks.

  • Christian Academy thanks ACHS archery team

    To the editor: