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Today's Opinions

  • Developers ready for LIFT

    By Hal Goode

    Guest columnist

    Recently, the Kentucky House of Representatives took a big step forward in allowing local communities more control over their own growth and economic development. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House passed LIFT, or Local Investments for Transformation.  This a bill allowing Kentuckians to decide for themselves if they want to allow local voters to invest in economic development and infrastructure projects in their communities.

  • And the drumbeat for war goes on

    To the editor:

    Warmongers in Congress learned nothing from the well-taught lessons of Vietnam. Remedial lessons were repeated in the Middle East, and they flunked them.

    Erase their failures to learn and ISIS would be one less problem in the world.

    Consequential samplings related to their failures include: Muammar Gaddafi, Libra, shot to death; Saddam Hussein, Iraq, death by hanging; Hosni Mubarak, Egypt, forced resignation.

  • Bidding good riddance to February

    Hello, March, I am so glad to see you.

    February is in the record books and I fervently hope those records stand for a long, long time. I want to open the door in the morning and walk outside to stand in shorts and a T-shirt.

    March is filled with ups and downs when it comes to the weather, but hopefully we’ll see the mercury rising in leaps and bounds. March begins with the Full Worm Moon Thursday and Daylight Savings time Sunday.

  • Tips to care for sundowner syndrome

    If you care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease you may notice that they get increasingly agitated, anxious, more confused or aggressive as the sun begins to set.

    These symptoms may be associated with sundowner syndrome, which causes people to be confused at the end of the day and into the night. It is common for individuals who are sundowning to pace, wander, ignore directions and not sleep well.

  • Development is key to improving reproductive efficiency in heifers

    To improve the reproductive efficiency, and thus profitability, of a beef cattle operation, you must understand proper heifer development.

    Properly managing yearling heifer reproduction is the first step toward reproductive efficiency.

    Your goal is to manage heifers so they’ll conceive early by reducing the age of puberty, shortening the time from puberty to conception and increasing fertility.

  • Local sales tax bill worth watching

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    With our state legislators haggling over smoking and minimum wage, the one bill I’m keeping an eye on is House Bill 1, which would allow communities to increase sales tax up to 1 percent to fund local projects.

    The upside is that doing so will first require approval of voters statewide, followed by approval of voters on any local projects. Even better is a sunset provision, which would eliminate the increase once a project is paid for.

  • Plan now for this summer’s garden

    My first column submission to the News this week was two words, “Told ya.”

    Knowing my readers as I do, I decided to dig a little deeper. I’d like to blame this wintery mess on all those who wished for a big one, but I can’t. Mother Nature took a look and said, “Well, they’ve had it easy, so I think I’ll give them a wake up call and play with the jet stream.” On the bright side, it will definitely kill all the bad bugs. I just hope the bees make it through it.

  • Fly problems in the winter? You bet

    Cluster fly is a collective name given to several species that spend winter as adults in sheltered places, including inside homes and structures.

    They tend to accumulate in wall voids, attics, and rooms with southern or western exposures. One or more species in this group may be present.

    While cluster flies are an annoyance, they do not breed indoors, and they do not cause any damage. The flies will become active on warm days, crawling and flying to windows in an attempt to escape outside.

    Cluster fly species