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Today's Opinions

  • Safety tips for heating your home

    As winter is full swing, remember fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are real concerns that come with staying warm.
    According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2009 and 2013, U.S. fire departments responded each year to an average of 56,000 home structure fires that involved heating equipment. Space heaters are the most common type of heating equipment involved in home fires, accounting for 40 percent of all fires and more importantly, 84 percent of non-firefighter deaths.

  • Potato planting time

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes.  I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern.  I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.
    While we wait for that, select potato varieties that complement the way you cook.  The most versatile varieties include favorites like Yukon Gold and Red Cloud.  

  • 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.

  • READER’S WRITE

    It was indeed a Happy New Year when Craig Houchens, on behalf of Forcht Bank, presented Grant County Helping Hands with a generous check to purchase food for the residents of Grant County.
    Forcht Bank has always been a business that recognizes the needs of Grant County’s people and strives to meet those needs.
    They truly believe in giving back to the community.
    The volunteers at Helping Hands wish to thank Forcht Bank for their generous support.
    G.C. Helping Hands
    Larry Jones  
     

  • Two-percent tax rate can’t be justified

    Many have asked why the mayor of Dry Ridge has become so involved and outspoken about the situation plaguing the fiscal court.
    It seems the county’s solution to fix a revenue shortfall is to levy a payroll tax on the backs of its workforce. And since some of the largest employers in the county are located within my city, it’s my obligation to stand up and fight for each and every employee in the city.

  • PET BEHAVIOR: Directed Aggression

    This edition of the newsletter focuses on dog-dog interaction, how it develops into aggression, preventative measures and steps that can help solve the problem once it’s in place.
    Dog-dog aggression has two major root causes:
    1) Negative interaction with other dogs, especially at a young age, and/or 2) a lack of proper early socialization with other dogs. A genetic predisposition toward aggression can also be a strong contributing factor; however, a puppy’s early experiences will have a great influence on how this predisposition is played out.