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Today's Opinions

  • City provides little incentive for homeowners to clean up their act

    Our mayor’s office and its' officers do an extremely poor job encouraging  

    homeowners to keep their properties uncluttered.

    Many homes in many subdivisions are eyesores in this bedroom community.  

    Property is consistently devalued due to elected officials poor executions of their sworn duties.

    Respectable homeowners who take pride in their properties have to live around other people who seem to take pleasure in trashing their property. It is evident that pride in appearance takes a back seat to trash.

     

  • Get Well, Senator Ford

    I am one of those guys that writes my congressman.

    No, I don't write about everything that comes up, but every so often some current issue, personal interaction with the government or proposed legislation prompts me to sit down at the computer and type out a few hundred words. Usually after giving it a day or so to rehash in my mind, I give the post office some change and send it on.

  • Seeing beauty, amidst tragedy

    As a reporter, I’ve encountered people who have witnessed or lost loved ones in a tragic event.

    I’ve often wondered, “What could I possibly say to comfort someone who lost their home in a house fire or lost a child in a car crash?”

    I turn on the news when I get home, more bad news. Sometimes, I just have to turn off the TV; “I’ve met my quota of tragedy for day. I can’t take anymore,” I sometimes think. Just this week it seems like there was plenty to go around.

  • Editorial Cartoon -- reporting from Fort Knox
  • Looking to save money, try homemade laundry detergent

    I wouldn’t call myself crafty in any sense of the word. I’m terrible at gift wrapping. I know that when my husband and I have children we will most likely have to get our presents wrapped or else the kids will discover “gee, Santa wraps presents like mom,” and after watching numerous demonstrations and YouTube videos, I still cannot successfully tie a tie.

  • Water your plants generously; prepare for harvest time

    It’s a good thing man invented hoses. Otherwise, I think our gardens would be filled with dehydrated everything. This is the time of year when Mother Nature decides to take a little siesta from doing the watering for us.

    If I ever win the lottery, I swear I’m going to have everything laser leveled and bermed so I can flood irrigate. It’s so much more efficient in time and effort. Our plants appreciate a good long drink way more than a few sips. Frequent light waterings lead to shallow roots.

  • Two-spotted spider mites can be formidable pests

    The two-spotted spider mite (TSSM) is a common and destructive pest with an extremely wide host range that includes many trees, shrubs, flowers, weeds, fruits, and vegetable crops. Problems increase during hot, dry weather but early signs and symptoms are easy to overlook. Not only are these mites tiny but they live out of sight on the underside of leaves (Figure 1).

  • Two-spotted spider mites can be formidable pests

    The two-spotted spider mite (TSSM) is a common and destructive pest with an extremely wide host range that includes many trees, shrubs, flowers, weeds, fruits, and vegetable crops. Problems increase during hot, dry weather but early signs and symptoms are easy to overlook. Not only are these mites tiny but they live out of sight on the underside of leaves (Figure 1).