Today's Opinions

  • Rules apparent in Kim Davis saga

    I can’t think of anything that has conflicted me more of late than the case of Kim Davis.

    You know the saga of the Rowan County Clerk’s refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples even after the Supreme Court’s decision.

    After a stay allowing her to continue not issuing those licenses expired last Monday, Davis still refused to do so based on her religious convictions.

  • Plenty to do before the white stuff flies

    Fall is almost as busy as spring and summer. It’s a bittersweet time when I close the veggie stand each year. I will miss seeing everyone and always wonder what changes will come over the winter.

    It’s hard to believe that I’ve been offering up homegrown veggies in Anderson County for 19 summers now. That’s a lot of Saturdays.

  • Apple harvest means time to reveal rotten truth about bitter rot

    The season for apple harvest has arrived, bringing with it the possibility of late season fruit rots (summer rots). While fruit rots have a variety of causes, the most common fungal fruit rot of apple in Kentucky is bitter rot. This disease results in rotten, inedible fruit. Fungicides are available for management; however, sanitation is critical for disease prevention. Ongoing research at the University of Kentucky is providing new insights and understanding of the pathogens that cause bitter rot.

    Bitter rot facts

  • Being together outdoors helps build family bonds

    The “Every Kid in a Park” initiative seeks to connect kids and families with the outdoors.

    Every fourth grade student in the United States and their families are eligible for free admission to all national parks and other federal land fee areas for a full year. Entrance fees will be free but fees for special activities such as tours and camping will still be charged.

  • War on police is not OK

    To the editor:

    I usually do not to get in here and rant and rave or stand up on a soapbox and preach, but things are happing in this country that are hitting too close to home for me not to say something.

    As of today my fellow brothers in blue and this nation have lost 83 real heroes, not someone who people call hero because he plays sports, someone that sings songs or someone embracing there identity and doing so in a public way to help move forward a constructive dialogue about progress and acceptance.

  • Note to self: It’s the cars, stupid, not the trucks

    Column as I see ’em …

    I jumped at the chance to take photos of (alleged) guilty truckers getting speeding tickets while they barreled through the treacherous stretch of Highway 151 in Alton.

    Det. Sgt. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office called and asked me to join him for a couple of hours of speed monitoring, saying it would help me “gain some perspective” following my column last week that hit the state DOT fairly hard for not shutting down that road to large trucks.

  • Time is right to divide day lilies, iris, peonies

    I am loving the evenings. Watching the sun set is one of my all-time favorite things to do and lately we had some spectacular ones.

    Not only is the weather delightful, the evening concerts are, too. Mother Nature provides it all for free.

  • Make sure your teenager gets enough sleep

    Teens are more adversely affected by sleep issues and missed sleep than younger children.

    Habits that may interfere with getting enough sleep include: staying up late chatting with friends, watching TV, playing video games, or staying up late to study or finish homework.

    For teens it may seem like a waste of time when you’ve got so much going on. But sleep can help you do better in school, stress less, and generally be more pleasant to have around.

    Sound good?