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Today's Opinions

  • Poor turnout tells politicians we don’t care

    I don’t think very many of us saw this one coming.

    Privately, I had told a very few close friends that I thought Matt Bevin was going to be the next governor of Kentucky, but that we might not know until the early hours of Nov. 4, the day after we had the opportunity to go to the polls.

    A statewide margin of less than 10,000 votes either way would not have been a surprise and the lingering question would have been the effect of a third-party candidate.

  • Scores help indicate herd health

    Early winter is an optimum time to prepare your spring-calving herd for reproductive success. Adequate nutrition from about 50 to 80 days prior to calving is critical to maximizing a cow’s ability to rebreed and maintain a 365-day calving interval.

    A cow that gets inadequate nutrition or is thin at calving and breeding will take longer to come into heat and will require more services to conceive.

  • Nip in air signals winter preparations

    I feel it. That nip is in the air and the cold is coming. The dogs are feeling it, too.

    I swear they have more energy than ever when fall weather arrives. They are over the moon when I dress for outdoor work and can hardly keep from dragging me out the door. And they’re not on a leash.

  • Know dangers before using a chainsaw

    I have never used a chainsaw. However, the information in this column is from Jeff Stringer at UK Forestry Extension. I think it’s timely to talk about chainsaw safety now before winter storms begin.

    Furthermore, with cooler weather coming, many people are ready to get out their chainsaws and cut firewood. Almost everyone who has used a chainsaw, or wants to use one, thinks they know how to use it safely.

    “Anybody can do it,” they say. If you believe that, ask yourself these questions:

  • Let’s join together to honor American’s servicemembers

    By Mitch McConell, United States Senator

    One hundred years ago, “the war to end all wars” ravaged Europe. What we now call World War I ended in part thanks to the more than 4 million Americans who mobilized to join the Allied Powers’ fight overseas. Over 100,000 of them did not return home. The war ended on Nov. 11, 1918, and the commemoration of that day has become the holiday we now observe as Veterans Day.

  • Running back deserved better

    To the editor:

    Covington Catholic just witnessed the fastest player on the field. They were probably asking themselves how our coaching staff could have left this talent on the shelf for pretty much an entire playoff game.

    After Bearcat fans stopped cheering for team captain and senior running back Ryan Martin, who took another busted off-tackle play call from coach Peach and scorched it to the corner of the end zone for the final touchdown of his high school career, all you could hear in the stadium were crickets, yep, crickets.

  • Hoping to see Matt ride at least one more time

    I gingerly held my dad’s hand as he laid in a hospital bed watching Marshal Matt Dillon tear across the TV screen aboard his trusty horse.

    His body weakened by cancer and a calamity of other illnesses ranging from pneumonia to staph infections, watching episodes of the old TV show “Gunsmoke” seemed to give my dad something else to consider rather than what has become of the rugged body that had not once betrayed him until just after he turned 75.

  • Trade Agreement could put tobacco producers at a disadvantage

    The United States, along with 11 other nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam) recently approved provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which could potentially impact consumers in about 40 percent of the world’s economy.