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Opinion

  • Sometimes you just never know when you will run into a life-changing moment.

    One for me came earlier this month as I was heading west on U.S. 62 and a car parked in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens caught my eye. It was the only car I could see over the vastness of the cemetery on this day.

    The grass at the cemetery I imagine was soggy from nearly 4 inches of rain the day before. But there sat a man, I would guess somewhere between 65 and 80 years of age, in a chair by a grave.

    It was a stunning picture.

  •  Where would we be today without 4-H clubs and other associated programs? 

  •  This week the LaRue County Fair is going strong. Growing up as I did in a small town, it wasn’t a question of “if” you were going to the county fair but “when” you were going.

    There will be everything there from cows and sheep, to cotton candy and elephant ears, to thrill rides and babies. There will be makeup and mud, tractors and tiaras, tomatoes and mules, a few good ole boys and a lot of good ole gals having a great time.

  •  I noticed a lot of blackberries on the property of the LaRue County Environmental and Education Research Center on Leafdale Road. Is the public allowed to pick them?

     

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     “Pick them while they last,” said Bob Sims, director of community and economic development and overseer of the Research Center.

    The park hours are sun-up to sundown. You are advised to use protection for ticks.

  •  I noticed you wrote about eradicating cattails in your column last week. 

  •  Any idea why so many dogwood trees in the area are dying?

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    According to The Land Steward website http://www.landsteward.org, flowering dogwood trees are dying from anthracnose, a disease caused by a fungus.

    According to the website, “the first sign of infection can often be seen on the leaves, where you might see tan spots that develop purple rims. Leaves may also have necrotic veins and leaf margins, and large necrotic blotches.

  • I feel that one of the county offices is violating nepotism laws. How do I file a complaint?

     

    LaRue County has an Ethics Commission that investigates alleged wrong-doing by officials. Hodgenville Attorney James T. Whitlow is the chairman. Other members are Don Whelan and Peggy Hawkins.

    The committee meets after a complaint has been filed and usually, the findings are available through an open records request. (Some personal information may be redacted.)

    Whitlow said the commission has not received a recent complaint.

  • I saw and heard what appeared to be World War II airplanes flying between Buffalo and Mount Sherman last Tuesday. Any idea what is going on?

     

    Several restored World War II commemorative aircrafts were on display last week at the Bardstown-Nelson County Airport, according to The Kentucky Standard.

    It was part of the American Navion Society National Convention, an annual event where pilots throughout the country gather to showcase their historic planes.

  •  Are you on Pinterest?

    “What’s that?” you ask. Oh, honey, where have you been?

    Pinterest is an online bulletin board/scrap book/wish list site where you “pin” pictures of things you see elsewhere on the Web that you like.

    Puppies and kittens and fluffy clouds, cupcakes from Sprinkles in New York, sandals on sale at DSW, the beach at Turks and Caicos.

  •  Another official has disappointed us – or lived up to our expectations – depending on which side of the political fence you’re standing.

  •  Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln's son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30, one month before the fast day was observed.

    By the President of the United States of America.

    A Proclamation.

  •  There is an amazing opportunity coming April 21 for this community to support SpringHaven, our domestic violence shelter and program. A women's conference at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown will feature a few nationally known speakers and some that were locally grown. There will be great info, food and fellowship and every ticket purchased will be a donation for SpringHaven.

    I just don’t want this to be an announcement for an event. I want to help you understand why it is so important to support this cause.

  •  Commonwealth residents can help better protect themselves and their loved ones from tornadoes and storms by having weather radios in their home.

    Weather radios broadcast warnings whenever potentially life-threatening weather events are occurring or imminent. The National Weather Service broadcasts these warnings 24 hours a day.

  • Feb. 29 was a terrifying day for my community. Three confirmed tornadoes touched down within 15 miles of my home.

  •  Kudos to our LaRue County High School Cheerleaders for going where no local squad has gone before: The National High School Cheerleading Championship. They earned the right to attend the competition and raised funds for the trip to Florida where they challenged top squads from across the nation. They took 13th. But more importantly, they’re proving that hard work, attitude and an ability to look great while doing some amazing gymnastic stunts can pay off big dividends. 

  • Budget subcommittees spent most mornings this week camped out in Capitol Annex committee rooms, as House members heard testimony on state-agency budget requests for the next two years.

  • There are about a dozen dead skunks on the side of the road between Hodgenville and Buffalo. What’s going on? Will they be tested for rabies?

    Skunks are suffering from rabies of love.
    According to the University of Kentucky Extension Service, February is mating season for skunks, so they are on the move more than usual.
    Skunks are nocturnal, nomadic and solitary, except during mating season when the males apparently lose all sense of timing and direction and blunder into the roadway.
    If your vehicle gets skunked, we are sorry.

  •  As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds, and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.

  • I have been involved with Shop With A Trooper every year for the past 17 years. It seems that each year gas prices have increased, more citizens are laid off from their jobs, more homes are in foreclosure and the economy has been in bad shape.  
    However, one thing that has not changed is the giving spirit of the people in Post 4’s area.