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Today's Opinions

  • Spring has sprung so go mow your grass

    The smell of fresh cut grass wafting through the neighborhood is one of the surest signs of spring. You should already be thinking about lawn care since it’s time to clip the grass for the first time. Your most important annual lawn duties begin with that first mowing.

  • Eyes, nose, fingers best tools to select fruit

    Some days it’s really tough to stay inside and do chores and today is one of them. It’s sunny and almost 60 degrees. I know myself very well, and if I put off writing this until tonight, my body and brain will be too tired. So, I like eating almost as much as I like being outside so let’s talk food.

    Fruit is my idea of candy, well besides hot cocoa. While I may have more knowledge than some when it comes to picking good fruit, I do fail at times. It’s really hard to tell when shopping at the grocery. They’ve gotten really tricky.

  • Holding out hope, no matter what

    On April Fool’s morning, I found myself in a crowd of 5,000 runners, struggling up and down the hills of Old Frankfort Pike, hoping my injured leg would hold up for the 13 miles of a half marathon I wasn’t ready to run.

    The day before the race, I was listening to an interview between Michael Barbaro of the New York Times, and Mark, a retired coal miner from Harlan.

  • Lack of respect for law, dead evident

    To the editor:

    Recently while in Frankfort, I was traveling northbound on Versailles Road approaching what is called the East/West Connector. The light had just turned green (arrow) to allow those of us stopped to proceed westbound onto the E/W connector.

    I could see as the eighth car in line traveled through the intersection that a sheriff’s car had his or her lights and siren blaring, heading southbound and announcing the arrival as the lead car for a funeral procession.

  • Care for ill inmates a real budget buster

    Column as I see ’em …

    Never mind, for a moment, that Anderson County shattered a record last month by sending 128 people to jail.

    The real threat to the county’s ever-expanding jail budget isn’t the increasing number of arrests, it’s the failing health of those being arrested.

    With three full months left in the fiscal year, Jailer Joani Clark’s budget is a whopping 263 percent over the budgeted amount for inmate medical expenses, and for that we should actually consider ourselves lucky.

    Here’s why.

  • Spring veggies the pefect fit for warmer weather recipes

    Spring is here. The red buds are in bloom, the warmer weather, fresh cut grass, and lots of rain.

  • How to prevent soft-bodied slugs from ruining your plants this spring

    Slugs are among the first creatures to become active in spring. They scrape their mouthparts across leaves, stems and flowers to ingest plant tissue. Shade gardens are ideal habitats for slugs, along with mulched areas containing bedding plants. New transplants and small seedlings are especially vulnerable to these creatures. Feeding damage and silvery slime trails are already apparent on bedding plants.

  • Time to get spring veggies in the ground

    Talk about some gorgeous days! The longer light and warm temperatures sure have made for some productive days on the farm. I’ve noticed several newly plowed garden plots around the county, so I know I’m not alone in ratcheting up our outdoor activity level.

    While I was out playing, I noticed numerous times when a teeny, tiny little tick was crawling on my hands. These things are smaller than a pin head and they can crawl into lots of places. You don’t even feel them crawling on you because they are so light.