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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Putting up with the cold

    My feet have been stuck in boots for ... well, it seems like forever.
    I expressed that sentiment to one of my coworkers Tuesday, and we’re both ready for some flip-flops.
    Never fear, though, readers. Spring isn’t that far away.
    I keep catching myself thinking, “Oh my goodness, it’s so cold, and we still have two months to go.”
    But, when you think about it a little bit more, two months isn’t that long.
    The official first day of spring is March 20, so we’re almost exactly two months away.

  • COLUMN: Beans a good way to start thinking summer

    It’s the full wolf moon today. If you want your hair to grow out slower, wait until tomorrow to get your hair cut. There are all kinds of advice based around the moon and the stage it’s in. Some swear by it, others think it’s interesting but don’t put much stock in it.
    The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a whole list of things to do, based on the sun, stage of the moon and the alignment of the planets. The list runs the gamut from dental care to castrating animals and many things in between.

  • LETTER: Lousy snow removal prompts change in vote

    To the editor:
    My family has lived in rural Anderson County for years. Never have we had a problem with our county roads like we have had this winter.
    On several occasions, my neighbors and I have called the county road department to complain about the condition of our roads, and every time we get the same answer: “We will get to it,” but it never happens.
    It has us all wondering where our tax dollars are going because they are not going toward our roads being taken care of.

  • LETTER: State crew doing great job with snow removal

    To the editor:
    I just had to write to give accolades where accolades are due.
    The state highway department does a terrific job.
    On my way to work on Jan. 11, just after the snow fell, I noticed that US 127 Bypass in Anderson County was for the most part clear. There were salt trucks everywhere. Once I went over the Anderson/Franklin line it was the difference between night and day. Franklin County roads were terrible.

  • LETTER: Congress’ priorities remain out of whack

    To the editor:
    Unlike the six senseless killings in Tucson, Ariz., the senseless killings in Afghanistan get slight to no attention in the national discourse.
    Yet, 1,454 American soldiers have been killed in that 10-year war, and 499 of them were killed in 2010. Already, nine have been killed in 2011.

  • COLUMN: Conway ends example of wasteful spending

    Column as I see ’em …

    Props go to new Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway for the move he made in axing the electrical inspector’s position in favor of contracting the job out to a private contractor.

    The move will save taxpayers at least $15,000 annually that was being wasted on salary and benefits during this protracted economic down turn. The inspection fees collected during the past several years didn’t come close to paying for the position, yet for some unexplained reason taxpayers were forced to continue shelling out money.

  • COLUMN: Good company meets good writing

    If you want to be a good writer, you have to read good writing.

    Professors and advisers preached this message over and over throughout my four years at the University of Kentucky.

    It makes total sense. Kind of like how the saying, “You’re only as good as the company you keep,” makes sense.

    Surrounding yourself with good people makes you want to be a good person or, at the very least, lets you see good examples on a regular basis.

  • COLUMN: Too early to plant, but not too early to plan

    Well, the bug has hit. Even though it’s freezing cold outside this bug survives, some might say it thrives, during the cold winter months. It’s the gardening bug.

    I know, because I have it and many of you do as well. The questions have started coming in about when to start seeds and my answer is that it’s too early.

    Now is the time to plan, though. The seed starting will come soon. Planning your seed starting time starts with what you want to grow. As promised, I’m going to lay out the agronomics of the basic vegetables we grow.