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  • Spot seed bare patches

    I do not worry about any perfection in our “lawn” around the house. It largely blends in to the pastures we graze sheep and poultry.  
    However, we do need to spot seed from time to time to recover heavy use areas and round bale feeders.
    The areas we need to address are small areas, otherwise I would be hesitant to do much until late August.

  • Senate passes multiple bills in 2017 session

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort.
    A flurry of bills were sent to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Getting to the root of Kentucky’s drug problem with Columbia University’s Carl Hart

    Does Kentucky truly have a “heroin epidemic,” or is it something much deeper?
    This controversial question led me to reach out to world-renowned Ivy League drug expert Carl Hart, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. Hart said that despite our society’s perception of drugs like heroin and cocaine, the vast majority of people who use these drugs are responsible and often-times accomplished adults, and that our views and laws should start reflecting this reality.

  • What makes news...news?

    Fake News.
    The media lies.
    The media is the Enemy of the State.
    The media’s War on Truth.
    They sound like dystopian movie titles. But they are actually some of the rage coming at us from all sides. And, especially from our newly elected president and his White House.
    Seriously?
    Seriously.
    The irony of the statements is so thick, it is almost impossible to fathom. Yet, let us try…

  • The time has come for Kentucky to reform its justice system

    Last year, during my visit to the drug treatment program at Roeder Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky, I met a young man there named Joe.
    He was smart and articulate, the son of a police officer and a father himself. He was also a heroin abuser, whose addiction had driven him to rob banks to pay for his drugs.
    On the day that I met him, Joe had joined the drug treatment program at Roeder, and was clear-eyed, reflective, and focused on turning his life around.

  • What are the benefits of dormant oil sprays?

    A healthy fruit crop from your favorite fruit tree can dramatically increase with some late winter attention.  Pruning is key to healthy fruit trees and fruit production.
    You can prune any time after the threat of harsh winter weather is over until just before the tree is in full bloom.  Prune out any winter damage, branches that grow inward and crowded limbs.

  • Some of the best days haven’t happened yet

    Love.
    That’s the theme of the entire month of February.
    But for upwards of 50 percent of the population of the U.S., that’s not a theme worth celebrating.  This month only serves as a painful reminder of heartaches and disenchantment from the Disney fairy-tale dream they were promised by today’s culture.

  • Skunks on the move

    It is that time of year again and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind. Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering in the pasture this past week; and I got an Instagram video from my niece as she was clearly backing away from a lumbering black and white rodent down by the river!  
    We used to get them circling the house on winter evenings but our livestock guardian dogs’ presence has kept them from bay the last few years.  Their presence is not surprising, however, because it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move!

  • Can we trust our news media?

    Did Donald Trump mock a disabled reporter?
    Surely you saw the video of President Trump appearing to mock a disabled reporter as it was all over the news media and social media. Hillary Clinton made reference to the video during the campaign.
    The video is still being shown and people are believing, even today, that he mocked a disabled reporter simply because they “saw it”.

  • Winter gardening restores

    There is something about working in the garden on a sunny winter day:  it clears debris from both the perennial bed and the gardener’s head.   There is clarity to the winter landscape that is quite different than any other season.  On a clear day, the sky is a true blue, you can see all the birds flitting about the leafless trees.