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Today's Opinions

  • Epsom salts are good for what ails you and your plants

    Longer, warmer days are seductive. They entice you to spend long hours toiling away at physical labor outdoors. They also remind you how much time you spent in the chair this winter. After a day on the farm, I feel all my muscles, a little too much. Enter the cure all Epsom salts.

    Epsom salts has a wide variety of uses and should be a staple in every gardener’s home. Here’s a little factoid for you. Epsom salts gets its name not from the mineral it contains but the location it comes from, Epsom, England.

  • Take steps to protect poultry from bird flu

    Recently a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, H7, appeared on a large poultry farm in Tennessee by way of migratory ducks and geese. Currently no birds in Kentucky are infected, however, all poultry producers should take precautions and stay aware.

    The H7 virus is a North American strain that is of wild lineage, meaning waterfowl could be a source of it. Since this is the season for waterfowl to migrate north in the Mississippi flyway, there will be an increased presence of migratory ducks and geese in Kentucky.

  • Thanks to Trump, regulatory relief finally a reality for Kentucky

    From my first days representing Kentucky in the U.S. Senate, I pledged to fight back against the Obama administration’s war on Kentucky coal, which imposed suffocating regulations on our hardworking miners and their families.

    While we may have once used words such as “struggling” and “devastated” to report on the state of our coal industry, I think it’s time for a new outlook and description: “optimistic.”

  • Kick your Easter dinner up a notch this year

    What a glorious time of year this is. It is my favorite holiday and since moving to Kentucky, I don’t have to worry if it’s going to snow.

    Growing up, we always got together shortly after church on Easter Sunday. I’m sure a lot of you do, too. Brunch is our favorite because you can do so much more variety. There will always be the usual suspects; ham, green beans, casseroles, carrots and bread. I like to kick it up a notch and take the boring, traditional dishes and make them new.

  • Does your lifestyle honor God?

    Have you ever paused to consider Uzzah from the Old Testament?

  • When it comes to activated charcoal, look before you leap

    Following trends is not a bad thing. I don’t believe in magic bullets or miracle cures. I do however, monitor all the food trends in the stores, media, food blogs, etc.

  • House addresses serious issues in Kentucky

    The most productive and significant legislative session in modern history has officially come to an end. Although it was a short, 30-day session, the General Assembly has accomplished more in 2017 than we have in most 60-day sessions.

  • Spring has sprung so go mow your grass

    The smell of fresh cut grass wafting through the neighborhood is one of the surest signs of spring. You should already be thinking about lawn care since it’s time to clip the grass for the first time. Your most important annual lawn duties begin with that first mowing.