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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Put taxing districts under control of fiscal courts

    I moved to Kentucky in 2008 when the economy crashed. Our family decided that it was time for us to live by a budget in order to avoid our own fiscal cliff.
    Each of us puts our receipts into a jar. At the end of the month, we painstakingly open the lid and review each receipt to match our credit card statements, and to see how we are doing in meeting our budgeted expenses.
    By careful examination, we discovered unauthorized charges. We also realized that certain months we had to spend less in order to stay within our budget.

  • A sports lesson the news media should learn

    That one little piece of journalistic advice offered on a hot August morning nearly 28 years ago is still the one that drives my career as a sports journalist.
    I was attending my first University of Kentucky Football Media Day gathering at Commonwealth Stadium. Looking for a chance to be known as a hot-shot writer, I made my way over to the best in the business: Cawood Ledford.

  • Taxing districts, retirement system among short session items

    The 2013 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in full swing; the House of Representatives is considering several high profile topics during this short, 30-day session.

  • For big plants in May, get tomato seeds now

    OK, let’s get the big news out of the way first. Don’t worry, I’m still going to be here writing this column, I’m still going to open the vegetable stand from Memorial Day to Labor Day and I’m still going to be here on my wonderful farm. It’s just that I’m leaving my job at the library.

  • Try sweet potatoes for vitamin rich meals

    Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. They are an excellent source of vitamins A and C.  When selecting sweet potatoes pick the small to medium size for flavor at the peak of perfection. Choose firm, dark, smooth sweet potatoes without wrinkles, bruises, sprouts or decay. Even if cut away, a decayed spot may have already caused the whole potato to take on an unpleasant flavor.