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Opinion

  • By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    It would be easy to slam the state’s Board of Corrections for allowing Lawrenceburg resident Kris Mitchell to serve just two years of a 10-year sentence for a rash of burglaries, some of them involving guns, for crying out loud.

    Instead, I’ll slam the state legislature that a couple of years ago created God-awful HB 463, which basically allows crooks and schnooks a get-out-jail early card, provided their crimes are non-violent.

  • We’ve all heard the saying “when one door closes, another one opens.” Well, I’m slamming the door on winter and opening it for spring. Hallelujah! Though hiking up and down my driveway in 2 feet of snow gets me into great shape for gardening, let’s be realistic — muck boots and Carhartts are hardly business casual attire.

  • The most severe emerald ash borer (EAB) attacks in Kentucky are focused in the triangular area bounded by Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky.

    Management

    Kentuckians who live in counties where EAB has been detected should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide on a course of action. Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide is a good tool to use. In general, ash trees can be saved if they are:

    Healthy and growing vigorously with 75 percent or more of their leaves.

  • To the editor:

    I would really appreciate it if you all would find a place in your paper to recognize the gentleman who scrapes our road and the other roads in our little part of the world. Jobey Harvey comes during every snow event on his own tractor to scrape our roads. When it snows, we have no doubt that this wonderful man will be coming bright and early to make way for our community to get out with ease.

  • Just like those giant icicles hanging by the roadside, our chances for another snow this season just keeps getting smaller. If we get any more, the broom, not the shovel, should be able to handle it. Winter is waning.

    The Old Farmer’s Almanac has called for April and May to be warmer and dryer than normal, summer should be hot and dry, and fall warm and wet. Seems like we always have a dry summer after an especially wet winter, so be prepared with your watering options.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    Here’s something I’ll bet you didn’t know.

    Were there enough interest, Lawrenceburg could have nine more bars.

    Yes, you read that correctly. Little old Lawrenceburg, which less than 10 years ago didn’t even allow liquor by the drink, has that many retail drink liquor licenses available should anyone choose to open that many places to drink it.

  • By Hal Goode

    Guest columnist

    Recently, the Kentucky House of Representatives took a big step forward in allowing local communities more control over their own growth and economic development. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House passed LIFT, or Local Investments for Transformation.  This a bill allowing Kentuckians to decide for themselves if they want to allow local voters to invest in economic development and infrastructure projects in their communities.

  • To the editor:

    Warmongers in Congress learned nothing from the well-taught lessons of Vietnam. Remedial lessons were repeated in the Middle East, and they flunked them.

    Erase their failures to learn and ISIS would be one less problem in the world.

    Consequential samplings related to their failures include: Muammar Gaddafi, Libra, shot to death; Saddam Hussein, Iraq, death by hanging; Hosni Mubarak, Egypt, forced resignation.

  • Hello, March, I am so glad to see you.

    February is in the record books and I fervently hope those records stand for a long, long time. I want to open the door in the morning and walk outside to stand in shorts and a T-shirt.

    March is filled with ups and downs when it comes to the weather, but hopefully we’ll see the mercury rising in leaps and bounds. March begins with the Full Worm Moon Thursday and Daylight Savings time Sunday.

  • If you care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease you may notice that they get increasingly agitated, anxious, more confused or aggressive as the sun begins to set.

    These symptoms may be associated with sundowner syndrome, which causes people to be confused at the end of the day and into the night. It is common for individuals who are sundowning to pace, wander, ignore directions and not sleep well.

  • To improve the reproductive efficiency, and thus profitability, of a beef cattle operation, you must understand proper heifer development.

    Properly managing yearling heifer reproduction is the first step toward reproductive efficiency.

    Your goal is to manage heifers so they’ll conceive early by reducing the age of puberty, shortening the time from puberty to conception and increasing fertility.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    With our state legislators haggling over smoking and minimum wage, the one bill I’m keeping an eye on is House Bill 1, which would allow communities to increase sales tax up to 1 percent to fund local projects.

    The upside is that doing so will first require approval of voters statewide, followed by approval of voters on any local projects. Even better is a sunset provision, which would eliminate the increase once a project is paid for.

  • My first column submission to the News this week was two words, “Told ya.”

    Knowing my readers as I do, I decided to dig a little deeper. I’d like to blame this wintery mess on all those who wished for a big one, but I can’t. Mother Nature took a look and said, “Well, they’ve had it easy, so I think I’ll give them a wake up call and play with the jet stream.” On the bright side, it will definitely kill all the bad bugs. I just hope the bees make it through it.

  • Cluster fly is a collective name given to several species that spend winter as adults in sheltered places, including inside homes and structures.

    They tend to accumulate in wall voids, attics, and rooms with southern or western exposures. One or more species in this group may be present.

    While cluster flies are an annoyance, they do not breed indoors, and they do not cause any damage. The flies will become active on warm days, crawling and flying to windows in an attempt to escape outside.

    Cluster fly species

  • A positive relationship with your teen will help you both make adjustments to this changing and trying time of life.

    Teens are supposed to grow in independence and decision making. Sometimes it’s very challenging for parents and teens to make these changes successfully. For every rebellious, patience trying teen, there is also probably another one who just doesn’t make many moves on her own.

    One is not necessarily better than the other.

  • By Ben Carlson

     

    Column as I see ’em …

    I’d normally do a private version of the Snoopy dance when something I’ve warned about for years comes true, but I’m in no mood to dance over this and after reading this week’s front page, I’m sure you aren’t, either.

    The prospect of the fiscal court having to borrow $400,000 to balance its budget is nothing short of an outrage.

  • By Ben Carlson

    Publisher

    A recent news report from a media outlet in Kentucky took some fairly stiff jabs at elected jailers in counties without jails, which includes Anderson County Jailer Joani Clark.

    The overriding point the article tries to make is that, in large measure, counties without jails shouldn’t have an elected jailer — the state’s Constitution be damned. Instead, those counties should turn over to sheriff’s offices those jailers’ duties.

  • I was deeply saddened to hear about the suicide of transgender Ohio teen Josh Alcorn who renamed himself Leelah.

    The 17-year-old reportedly died after being hit by a tractor-trailer while walking along a highway near her home Sunday, Dec. 28. Her suicide note had more than 200,000 shares on tumblr.

  • Editor’s note: The following was written by Francis P. Church and was first published in The New York Sun in 1897. Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April, 1906, leaving no children.

    Virginia O’Hanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21.

    Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas died on May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, New York.

  • By Shelley Spillman

    News Editor

    Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending the Handel’s “Messiah” concert and I want credit to Sue Lou Smith, Anderson County High School staff, students and the First Christian Church Chancel Choir for hosting a fantastic concert.

    Members of the Lexington Philharmonic added to the experience, making it a truly unforgettable concert.