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Today's Opinions

  • Prepare your trees for new breed of fruit-killing fly this spring

    I love the smell of fresh cut grass. To me, it carries the scent of watermelon, which always sends my brain to warm summer days and plenty of sunshine. Smell is the strongest memory trigger we have and that red fruit transforms me to childhood days of running through sprinklers and seed spitting contests. Summer isn’t here yet, but it is coming.
    Two of my most favorite holidays are coming, too. Earth Day will be here on the 22nd and Arbor Day is close behind on the 26th. This year, I’ve gotten a head start on my festivities.

  • Return to Haiti, the 12th edition

    Stepping off the plane in Haiti, David Montgomery first smelled the trash.
    “I’d been through some poor countries before, but when I hit Haiti, just the smell, the trash was everywhere, just like a tour of the landfill out here,” Montgomery said.
    The Anderson County magistrate’s memories of all he’s done, seen and heard on the Caribbean island run together.
    After 12 trips to Haiti in 14 years, it can be difficult to keep his timeline straight.

  • Return to Haiti, the 12th edition

    Stepping off the plane in Haiti, David Montgomery first smelled the trash.
    “I’d been through some poor countries before, but when I hit Haiti, just the smell, the trash was everywhere, just like a tour of the landfill out here,” Montgomery said.
    The Anderson County magistrate’s memories of all he’s done, seen and heard on the Caribbean island run together.
    After 12 trips to Haiti in 14 years, it can be difficult to keep his timeline straight.

  • Guarantee your child is prepared for school by starting at home

    Is your child ready for school?
    Child assessments are revealing that the majority of Kentucky children are not ready for success in school. Statewide only 28 percent of children are ready for kindergarten without additional support. Anderson County didn’t participate in the pilot screening so no local information is available for 2012.

  • Patience is a virtue, even for gardeners

    Patience. I’m pretty sure that’s what we all need right now.
    It is the middle of April and while a decade into our future we may be planting at this date, climate change has not taken us there yet.
    Our typical planting date here is right around Derby day. That does not mean that you can just sit around and wait.

  • I’ve found the enemy, it’s us

    Bending paperclips calms me.
    Fragile metal contorted into shepherd’s hooks or misshapen cranes lay inert beneath computer paper shrouds.
    Their broken limbs of snapped, twisted metal litter my desk.
    They are the leftovers of trying to wield control in an uncontrollable world.
    Destroying something that can’t ever be made whole again relieves stress.  
    It always has.
    When I was a child, usually sitting in the left outfield wearing my baseball mitt as a hat, my fingers happily found grass to destroy.  

  • Lawsuit blessing in disguise for library

    The Anderson Public library’s board of trustees will apparently wait until a court orders it to comply with the statute that governs how it’s supposed to set tax rates before doing so on its own.
    And that’s a shame because by doing so the board is missing out on a great chance to reinvent its image and survive what will otherwise be a devastating financial blow.
    The order to lower its tax rate has already come for a library in northern Kentucky and, trust me on this, a similar order will eventually be issued here.

  • Bibb lettuce has strong Kentucky roots

    Kentuckians may know that Bibb lettuce was developed by Major John Bibb in the backyard of his Frankfort home — Grey Gables (Bibb-Burnley House).
    He moved to Frankfort in 1856 and shared his seeds and plants with friends. Soon it became known as Bibb lettuce and became commercially produced in 1935.
    Soon you will be able to buy Bibb lettuce at the local farmer’s markets. The Anderson County Farmer’s Market opens Friday, April 26 at noon.