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Today's Opinions

  • Spending, with no common sense

    To the editor:

    America has sank into a quagmire of debt and depravity.

    Our founding fathers enacted two safeguards to prevent incompetence and long-term corruption in Congress. Consequently, representatives are reelected every two years so that voters can fire incumbents that mishandle tax dollars, and the press is expected to report all corrupt or incompetent departures from frugality.

    The two measures have evolved to ineffectiveness.

  • Is Shingleton answer to recycling problems?

    Column as I see ’em …

    Well, folks, it’s official. As of a week or so ago, the county government – and by extension, you – is now $400,000 deeper in debt after the fiscal court voted unanimously to borrow that much money to balance its next budget.

    If you follow along you already know the reason why: the recycling program that costs a fortune and brings in almost no revenue.

  • Time for local schools to look at more ways to deal with snow

    I will never be one complain that Anderson County Schools should be in session on a winter day when my street is clear.

    While my home is now only a good snowball throw from the Lawrenceburg city limits, I lived well out in Anderson County for most of my life, including 15 years on a one-lane road. I have a pretty good idea of why schools are often dismissed when my friends who live in or close to town are wondering why.

  • Make instant raised beds using pallets

    We’re going green! Hello spring! I am so glad to see you! New life really is springing up everywhere and the prominent color is green. Those never ending carpets will soon bring forth more colorful flowers and food. I’m pretty fond of them both!

  • Rainfall sets stage for nuisance pests

    Springtails

    Springtails are tiny wingless insects that can flip into the air, giving them the appearance of tiny fleas. They would go completely unnoticed except that hundreds of them can accumulate on surfaces like a small, dusty gray carpet that moves.

  • It’s a good time to be a criminal

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    It would be easy to slam the state’s Board of Corrections for allowing Lawrenceburg resident Kris Mitchell to serve just two years of a 10-year sentence for a rash of burglaries, some of them involving guns, for crying out loud.

    Instead, I’ll slam the state legislature that a couple of years ago created God-awful HB 463, which basically allows crooks and schnooks a get-out-jail early card, provided their crimes are non-violent.

  • Frog serenade a sure sign of spring

    We’ve all heard the saying “when one door closes, another one opens.” Well, I’m slamming the door on winter and opening it for spring. Hallelujah! Though hiking up and down my driveway in 2 feet of snow gets me into great shape for gardening, let’s be realistic — muck boots and Carhartts are hardly business casual attire.

  • Don’t let emerald ash borers win in 2015

    The most severe emerald ash borer (EAB) attacks in Kentucky are focused in the triangular area bounded by Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky.

    Management

    Kentuckians who live in counties where EAB has been detected should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide on a course of action. Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide is a good tool to use. In general, ash trees can be saved if they are:

    Healthy and growing vigorously with 75 percent or more of their leaves.