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Today's Opinions

  • How to manage home garden pests

    It is a good time to think about pest control for your home vegetable garden.

    You can control pest problems, and perhaps prevent future difficulties, in your garden by doing some advance planning and following a few simple Integrated Pest Management practices. IPM promotes minimal pesticide use and emphasizes the use of all available pest control methods including cultural, mechanical and biological practices to prevent pest problems.

  • Take gardening inspiration from arboretums, garden shows

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Plato usually gets the credit for this quote, though no one really knows for sure. We all come up with brilliant ideas, eventually. Just look at Pinterest.

    I think environment also plays a key role. Our surroundings set the scene and our imagination takes off. When I see a pile of “junk,” I wonder what I could do with it.

    I think we should take this same approach to our landscape. Walk by the front of your house with a visitor’s eyes.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Congressman ‘is really one of us’

    To the editor:

    Congressman Andy Barr continues to impress. Not only is he one of the nicest fellows you’d ever want to meet, but he’s been working very hard both in Washington and here at home.

    I’ve seen him at event after event, always making time to listen to the folks. He was even along the route of the St

    Patrick’s Day Parade in Lexington! Andy is really one of us.

  • Who are you in Christ?
  • State of my marriage address

    Note: On May 3, my husband and I will be married 41 years. I’ve adapted this column from 2009.

    While out for our semi-regular Sunday drive, as I flipped through the radio stations I asked my husband what kind of music he liked.

    That’s the kind of questions you ask on a first date, not after 41 years of marriage!

    I’m not sure what that says about the state of our marriage. You don’t even know what kind of music your husband likes?

  • Narcan, jail costs are budget busters

    Column as I see ’em …

    As folks fret and debate over installing a needle exchange at the health department (at taxpayer expense, of course), taxpayers might also want to consider the other costs associated with what is quickly becoming a hard-drug epidemic here in Lawrenceburg.

    In March, the county’s jail bill to house inmates in Shelby County was right around $70,000.

    That’s just for one month and heady stuff compared to what the county was spending even a year ago.

  • May means it’s time to hit the garden

    Yay, it’s May, let the hardening off begin!

    All my seeds have sprouted and grown and now await the process of hardening off.

    This just amounts to me carrying trays in and out, every day, for a few hours to get used to the outside world. They go from climate controlled, to anything goes, in a matter of a week.

  • The good and bad about carpenter bees

    Male and female carpenter bees are becoming active after spending winter in last year’s tunnels. These large yellow and black bees have shiny, bare abdomens in contrast to the hairy ones of bumblebees.