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Today's Opinions

  • Trump, McConnell, Paul, Barr owed thanks for efforts on coal

    To the editor:

    For the Kentucky Coal Association, the election of President Donald Trump gave us hope. Instead of vilifying coal like President Barack Obama did, the Trump administration recognizes that coal is a reliable and affordable source of energy.

  • Host of new laws take effect June 29

    Summer has arrived and the 2017 regular aession has become a distant memory, remaining, for the most part, only in yellowed newspaper clippings and history books.

    However, a new notation concerning the last session was made June 29 as the new and amended statutes went into effect. Unless a bill was declared an emergency or contained a special effective date, it became law on June 29.

  • Fertilize well after heavy rains

    Mother Nature is never boring. Recent rains brought a total of 4.2 inches to the farm, along with beach balls, tarps and building materials, via the creek.

    They took away about 30 tomato plants, half the beans and all the squash. Well, technically the flooding that resulted from the rains took them, along with two new hoses.

  • Watch for spider mites on vegetables

    As we move into the summer, keep in mind that hot and dry conditions can lead to some specific pest problems.

    Two-spotted spider mite is a common pest of many vegetable crops during prolonged hot and dry periods.

    This pest rapidly builds up in numbers during these conditions, and some pesticides used to control insect pests may reduce natural enemies that help to keep populations below economic levels.

  • Make asparagus a tasty part of your summer menu

    The flavors of summer are here. Asparagus is on sale, fruit is delicious, the farmers markets are open. There are plenty of places to go in Lawrenceburg for farm-fresh produce. Check out the old train depot on 127, they are chock full. This week’s weather is perfect for grilling and chilling and I have the perfect recipes for you.

    Charred citrus asparagus

    1 1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed

    2 Tablespoons skin-on almonds

    4 cloves of garlic, chopped

    1 sprig oregano

    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • Why you can’t cross the road for chicken

    Column as I see ’em …

    “Why in the heck can’t I cross over the median in front of Bojangle’s?” I asked myself soon after the chicken joint opened a few weeks ago.

    I would imagine you’ve asked yourself the same, so I snooped around for some answers this week, fully reminding myself that no matter what, I’d refrain making any idiotic chicken-crossing-the-road jokes in the meantime.

  • Enjoying summer flowers, starry nights

    It’s summer. I love our warmest season and we get three whole months of it. From todays Summer Solstice until the Autumnal Equinox in September, these are the longest and warmest days of the year. Surely we can find some time to just sit and enjoy Mother Nature each day or night.

    Admiring the beauty of flowers is pleasurable, but knowing a little something about them is even cooler. There are lots of books and online sources that will give you the history of specific flowers, as well as the facts and myths associated with them.

  • Striving to make Kentucky work ready