http://www.grantky.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Spot seed bare patches http://www.grantky.com/content/spot-seed-bare-patches <p> I do not worry about any perfection in our &ldquo;lawn&rdquo; around the house. It largely blends in to the pastures we graze sheep and poultry. &nbsp;<br /> However, we do need to spot seed from time to time to recover heavy use areas and round bale feeders.<br /> The areas we need to address are small areas, otherwise I would be hesitant to do much until late August.<br /> A WORD FROM OUR READERS http://www.grantky.com/content/word-our-readers-107 <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Stop the elimination of&nbsp; the arts</strong></p> Senate passes multiple bills in 2017 session http://www.grantky.com/content/senate-passes-multiple-bills-2017-session <p> 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.<br /> A flurry of bills were sent to Gov. Matt Bevin&rsquo;s desk, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.<br /> Getting to the root of Kentucky’s drug problem with Columbia University’s Carl Hart http://www.grantky.com/content/getting-root-kentucky%E2%80%99s-drug-problem-columbia-university%E2%80%99s-carl-hart <p> Does Kentucky truly have a &ldquo;heroin epidemic,&rdquo; or is it something much deeper?<br /> 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&rsquo;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.<br /> Safety tips for heating your home http://www.grantky.com/content/safety-tips-heating-your-home <p> As winter is full swing, remember fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are real concerns that come with staying warm.<br /> 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.<br /> Potato planting time http://www.grantky.com/content/potato-planting-time <p> Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes.&nbsp; I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern.&nbsp; I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.<br /> While we wait for that, select potato varieties that complement the way you cook.&nbsp; The most versatile varieties include favorites like Yukon Gold and Red Cloud. &nbsp;<br /> READER’S WRITE http://www.grantky.com/content/reader%E2%80%99s-write <p> 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.<br /> Forcht Bank has always been a business that recognizes the needs of Grant County&rsquo;s people and strives to meet those needs.<br /> They truly believe in giving back to the community.<br /> The volunteers at Helping Hands wish to thank Forcht Bank for their generous support.<br /> G.C. Helping Hands<br /> Larry Jones &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> What makes news...news? http://www.grantky.com/content/what-makes-newsnews <p> Fake News.<br /> The media lies.<br /> The media is the Enemy of the State.<br /> The media&rsquo;s War on Truth.<br /> 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.<br /> Seriously?<br /> Seriously.<br /> The irony of the statements is so thick, it is almost impossible to fathom. Yet, let us try&hellip;<br />