http://www.grantky.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Bumper crop squash not a sure thing http://www.grantky.com/content/bumper-crop-squash-not-sure-thing <p> You know all the jokes about people having bumper crops of summer squash?&nbsp; Squash shows up in people&rsquo;s cars or in public spaces because there is so much that the gardener can&rsquo;t even give it away.&nbsp; Well, that&rsquo;s never really been a problem for me.&nbsp; I have a little bit of that problem this year and I give credit to the variety and the fact that it was plated later than usual.&nbsp; Others, however, have not been so blessed.<br /> Yard sale signs anger Dry Ridge resident http://www.grantky.com/content/yard-sale-signs-anger-dry-ridge-resident <p> I am writing this letter in reference to yard sale signs. For the past six weeks, I have picked up the residue from yard sale signs on Monday mornings either in my yard or across the street.<br /> People are coming into the City of Dry Ridge, no due respect for the home or property owner, placing yard sale signs without permission.<br /> These people are non-tax paying people to the City of Dry Ridge. Sometimes they hang their signs on stop signs. These signs are distracters for motorists. This leads to a safety factor.<br /> Anticipation high as Williamstown students return for 2014-15 school year http://www.grantky.com/content/anticipation-high-williamstown-students-return-2014-15-school-year <p> Welcome back to Williamstown Independent Schools for the 14 &ndash; 15 school year. Anticipation is high among students as well as staff for another outstanding year.<br /> Although we miss those who have left us, as this new school year begins, we are excited to meet and greet the many new faces we are welcoming to our schools and community. &nbsp;<br /> I would like to express my appreciation to our custodial and grounds crews who have worked diligently through the summer to prepare our buildings and grounds for the return of our students. &nbsp;<br /> Bullying isn’t fun when you’re the victim http://www.grantky.com/content/bullying-isn%E2%80%99t-fun-when-you%E2%80%99re-victim <p> I was 13-years-old when my little world was turned upside down. I came from a smaller town than most can imagine, was born and raised most of my life in the south and loved it.<br /> My mom was a single mom of three children and the concept of meeting someone and marrying them was just foreign.<br /> Well, it smacked me in the face because she met my stepfather in 1998 and in Jan. 1999 they married. I was thrilled my mom had found someone that was finally going to be the man she deserved and a father to me and my younger brother.<br /> Crabgrass’s history reveals its multiple uses http://www.grantky.com/content/crabgrass%E2%80%99s-history-reveals-its-multiple-uses <p> After the big rain we had I hit the weeds; most of which involved wrangling ever expanding globs of crabgrass.&nbsp; Yes, this is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we&rsquo;re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species. Okay, maybe a little melodramatic but my hands still hurt from all that pulling!&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> The Ark Encounter sails smoothly under the Constitution http://www.grantky.com/content/ark-encounter-sails-smoothly-under-constitution <p> One would expect that any project that will bring millions of dollars in new capital investment, create hundreds of jobs and be a tremendous asset to Grant County and other communities of northern Kentucky would be enthusiastically welcomed by every Kentuckian.&nbsp; But because the project at issue is The Ark Encounter theme park, a few radical secularists and others are doing their best to oppose the park and misrepresent both the law and the related facts.&nbsp; Fortunately, the secularists&rsquo; arguments hold no water.<br /> Social media: the good, bad and the ugly http://www.grantky.com/content/social-media-good-bad-and-ugly <p> Social media can be an extremely valuable tool.<br /> You can keep up with that old friend from high school that you haven&rsquo;t seen in years on Facebook.<br /> People can make lost connections with family members.<br /> News updates fly furiously second-by-second on Twitter.<br /> Photographs can be shared and even LIKED.<br /> However, as new social media is thought up everyday, we lose the actual human interactions that make relationships special.<br /> We also see that for every benefit of social media, there is a flaw that can&rsquo;t be denied.<br /> Dig and divide Iris, Daylilies http://www.grantky.com/content/dig-and-divide-iris-daylilies <p> Why is it that the perfect time to dig and divide your iris bed is in July at the height of the season&rsquo;s heat?&nbsp; For bearded iris it&rsquo;s because they go through a dormant period in the summer.&nbsp; This hardy perennial is a beautiful spring bloomer that is virtually immune to diseases.&nbsp; But to ensure health and vigor you should divide your bearded iris every three to five years.&nbsp; If they receive adequate sunlight (at least 6 hours a day) but do not bloom well then it is definitely time to divide.<br />