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Today's Opinions

  • 100-degree temps cause blossom end rot in veggies

    Congratulations go out to Bill Bockelman, who won the Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports raffle for a Henry Golden Boy Lever Action .22 LR.

    Thank you to all who entered the raffle, which helps to support this 4-H program. 

    Also, thank you to Glauber’s Sports for their cooperation.

    Blossom End Rot

    Normally, a hot, dry year would favor vegetable production as long as growers have adequate irrigation.

  • Congress must continue to invest in conservation

    By DAVID ROWLETT

     

    This summer, Kentucky has been hit hard by a severe drought, which will have a serious impact on crop production across the state.

    Carroll County is now included in the Level 1 drought declaration as of last week.

    It is estimated that corn is nearing a 50-60 percent loss in our area, while soybeans and pastureland are estimated at a 30-40 percent loss.

  • Damage to Owen Co. stream concerns writer

    Editor:

    I read with great interest the letter by Dr. Dwight Wallace concerning the damage that is being done to Mill Creek in Owen County by Horseshoe Bend Motor Sports. This truly concerns me, because my husband and I also own property that has creeks on it.

    We also have experienced in past years individuals running in our creeks with four-wheel ATVs, cutting our fences, trespassing and destroying our property.

  • Indicators show that postsecondary reform is working

    It has been a little more than 15 years since the General Assembly revamped Kentucky’s postsecondary education system and set a series of far-reaching goals to reach by the year 2020.   

    If that seemed a long time down the road in 1997, it doesn’t seem too far now.

    The good news: In many ways, we are well within reach of what we had hoped to achieve. We got the latest update last month when the Council on Postsecondary Education presented a comprehensive snapshot of our progress in recent years.

  • ‘Back to school’ shopping far different from the past

    I was in Staples the other day with a friend and was awed by the size and variety of displays for “Back to School” supplies. I think the one that totally blew me away was the one labeled “Locker Accessories.” Accessories for the locker?

  • Library thanks United Charities

  • Family thanks those who helped with Poker Run

    Editor:

    We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the many local businesses and friends who donated to the William Meadows Poker Run and Hog Roast.  We would like to especially thank the band, Kentucky Chrome, for donating their time and Don and Joanie Smith of DJ’s Tavern for letting us use their facility.  Without all the time, love, and support, the Poker Run and Hog Roast would not have been such a success.

     Thank you,

    The Meadows Family

     

    Ghent, Ky.

  • Budget cuts hollowing out court system

    As chief justice, I find it disheartening that I can no longer assure you that the courts in Kentucky will be open when you need them. For the first time in modern history, we will have to close every courthouse in the state to balance the Judicial Branch budget. For three days in 2012, we must furlough all court personnel and close all courthouse doors because the General Assembly has not allotted enough money to fund court operations at current levels.