Today's Opinions

  • Squash is yet another gift of summer

    Summer squash are staples in Kentucky gardens and at local farmers markets. Their versatility makes them easy to prepare for tasty summer meals and side dishes. Two of the more popular varieties include yellow squash and zucchini.

    Squash are fleshy vegetables protected by a hard rind. They belong to the plant family that includes melons and cucumbers. The skin and rind of summer squash are rich in the nutrient beta-carotene, but the fleshy portion of this vegetable is not. To gain the full nutritional benefits of this vegetable, the skins or rinds must be eaten.

  • Do you have your water bag up yet?

    Happy July.If there was ever a contest for most bountiful month, this one is it. Even better, today is the first of two full moons this month. Today is the Full Buck Moon, so named because this is the time of year that bucks grow new antlers. However, it is also known as the Full Thunder Moon, because of the frequency of thunderstorms during the month.

  • Retirement for some old friends at ACE

    I would like to congratulate Jerry Shaw and Ann Asbury on their retirement from the Anderson County Adult Learning Center. I have enjoyed working with them for many years and I consider them both dear friends.

    I worked with Ann the longest. After working in banking for 18 years, I changed jobs in 1998 and became a math tutor and worked as Ann’s instructional assistant under LaVerne Brumley. Over the years Ann has taught me a great deal about teaching, organizing, and always remembering to log student progress in their file.

  • Chrisman will live on as The Trooper

    If you travel down Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort you will soon find yourself face-to-face with the new Kentucky State Police Academy, and while this impressive former prison is a sight to behold; if you take a quick walk of the grounds and steer your steps to the center of the compound, you will find The Trooper.

    He stands 10-feet-tall and his bronze uniform gleams in the sunlight. He rests upon a small platform that reads ‘For all that serve and those who gave all.’

  • Chrisman’s legacy won’t be forgotten

    Fluttering hearts and tight throats were common Monday when Lawrenceburg and the entire state of Kentucky paid homage to Kentucky State Trooper Eric Chrisman. He had died in the line of duty six days before.

  • Bothered by gay marriage? Here’s who’s really to blame

    Column as I see ’em …

    Count me among those disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on gay marriage, but not for the reason you might think.

    I held an admittedly obtuse hope that the court would actually do its job and simply declare that the  government has no enumerated Constitutional authority to approve or deny marriage, regardless of sexual preference, and order politicians to start minding their own business.

  • Beat the heat with icy treats

    Growing up in the south Texas heat, my sisters and brothers and I were always either in the lake, the pool or the sprinkler.

    If for some reason we ever took a break from the water, we were running around barefoot with the other neighborhood kids, laughing and playing and secretly hoping to hear the music of the ice cream truck so we could enjoy a cool treat.

  • Plants, flowers hidden dangers to pets

    Buds burst forth, plants bloom in rainbows of color, the air is cool and refreshing. But don’t be fooled. There are hidden dangers in our yards and gardens, not only for our sensitivities, but for Kitty and Fido.

    Pet owners know that dogs and cats can often find the strangest things to chew on. Whether it be plastic, wool or plants in the house or the garden, it can be at odds with your pet’s health. Here’s a list of some of the most common plants to be concerned with.