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Today's Opinions

  • Confederate, Union monuments should be honored

    To the editor:

    I was raised in Fayette and Woodford counties. Most courthouse lawns and courthouse squares have Confederate or Union monuments.

    Confederates were mainly men from all around Kentucky, mostly farmers and not slave owners.

    Less than 10 percent in the Bluegrass owned slaves and were wealthy planters. There we black Confederates as well that served, and in all fairness we need to honor these beautiful monuments all around the commonwealth, Confederate and Union.

  • Farmers suffering from wet weather woes

    The good news is that it’s actually healthier to let your grass grow long this time of year. Experts say 3 inches is a good height. They don’t say anything about 6-12 inches. Oh, these rains.

    Typically in July, our average monthly rainfall is 4 inches. Guess it just wanted to be an overachiever this year. At least we don’t have to water the trees and shrubs to help them handle these hot July temperatures. Geez-o-pete. It’s like Mother Nature took a water pill and has to pee every 20 minutes.

  • Feeding hay? Know the facts about blister beetles

    Blister beetles are plant-feeding insects that contain cantharidin, a toxic defensive chemical that protects them from predators.

    Accidentally crushing a beetle against the skin can result in a painful blister, the source of the insect’s common name. In sufficient quantity, cantharidin in the bodies of living or dead blister beetles can be toxic, especially to horses. In some cases sheep and cattle may be affected.

    Blister beetle poisoning

  • Flush-with-cash library to be just fine

    Column as I see ’em …

    Let’s start this week off by drilling a little more deeply into the library board’s decision to spend $4 million on an 8,000 square foot expansion project, not to mention the funky, if not wholly improper, way the final decision was made.

    First the good news. Those gnashing their teeth over the prospect of seeing a tax increase due to this expansion can chill. The library has about $2.6 million in reserve funds, which is more than the city council, fiscal court, school district and health department combined.

  • Government can’t regulate thoughts, opinions

    To the editor:

    My apologies Mr. Carlson, if I have misinterpreted your statement (July 15th edition) regarding the black man’s “perspective,” but one needn’t be black to be offended by slavery or by a symbol representing the defense of the right of a people to choose to legalize slavery.

    I am not a history expert, but I do know that Kentucky was, of course, a border state in the Civil War, thus giving us ties with both heritages.

  • Goodlett family says thank you

    To the editor:

    The family of the late Kenny Goodlett sincerely thanks all family and friends for their support, prayers, flowers, visits, cards, donations, food and phone calls after his recent passing.

    During the days of his illness and weeks following his passing, we have been truly blessed with such an outpouring of love and support.

  • Salads, wafers a hit during bridal shower

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of hosting a bridal shower for my sister. I asked her beforehand if she preferred a potluck style meal or a lighter meal, consisting of salads and finger foods.

    She chose the latter, and boy did I have fun preparing the menu and the food. This week, I’d like to share with you what was served.

    Chicken Salad

    2 large chicken breasts, shredded

    Mayonnaise to suit

    1/4 to 1/2 tsp. salt

    1/8 tsp. black pepper

    Several dashes of cayenne pepper

    1/2 tbsp. honey

  • Help your teenager be relationship smart

    As a parent you want your teen to make wise choices in relationships. You don’t want them to get hurt and make life-changing mistakes.

    Some mistakes are minor. Accept that teens will make mistakes in judgment. You probably did too when you were younger and no one is perfect even as an adult.