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Aging trees

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It is often assumed that small trees are young and large ones old. But I’ve seen large trees that were only 50 years old, and others the size of fence posts over 100. Individual trees grow at different rates based on their genetics and growing conditions.Some trees are bred for speed. Yellow poplar, most pines and red maple will grow rapidly under good conditions. Other species like beech, hickory and white oak grow at slower rates. What also determines how fast a tree grows is its microclimate, the growing conditions of its immediate surroundings. Foresters call this site quality.

 

Now’s the time for drivers to be aware of deer

Deer do not outnumber humans in Kentucky, but it might seem that way on our highways every fall when whitetails begin breeding. The romantic season puts the estimated 1 million Kentucky deer on the move, especially at dawn and dusk, and they more likely at this time of the year to run into the path of motorists. The peak of the breeding season occurs in November, which coincides with the state’s deer season for hunters with modern guns.It is a good time to remind drivers to w...

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Balanced plan is needed

On Aug. 12 of this year, there was an editorial in the Charleston Gazette concerning, what else, coal. The headline stated that pro-coal forces live in a fantasy world. His conclusion is that coal was, and is, the ultimate cause in the climate change we supposedly see going on around us. Mr. Grant (is it Dr.?) was not completely wrong in some of his assessments, but like many of us when subjects of controversy and personal passion arise, he speaks largely in absolutes and unproven assumptions...

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Perspective: On a learning curve

Some of our national news media and some politicians have sensationalized Ebola. Is that reasonable? We cannot know the future. Ebola may eventually become the Halloween trick of the century, but right now it is not.

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2014. There are 69 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 23, 1944, the World War II Battle of Leyte (LAY’-tee) Gulf began, resulting in a major Allied victory against Japanese forces.On this date:In 1707, the first Parliament of Great Britain, created by the Acts of Union between England a...

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Heed message of ‘Save for Retirement Week’

You won’t see it on the calendar, and it doesn’t inspire any greeting cards, but National Save for Retirement Week is here again. The goal of this week is self-explanatory, but what does it mean to you? Are you vulnerable to the possibility of reaching retirement without sufficient financial resources? If so, how can you ease this risk?

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Ebola: Stop the flights

Ebola affected Liberians and other West Africans who can obtain plane tickets will be headed to the United States. How many more can we handle coming into our country? We only have a handful of hospitals that are currently equipped to handle Ebola. Each of these has only four or five equipped isolated treatment areas.I have friends in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. We must help them by providing West African hospitals with what they need to fight this fatal disease....

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AIG shareholders’ lawsuit: A strong aroma of hubris

Imagine you were a swimmer who’d recklessly gotten caught in a riptide, only to be saved by a boater who was busily helping other struggling swimmers to shore. Would you complain if the boater charged you a big fee? Maybe. But you almost certainly wouldn’t sue the boater for not offering help sooner.

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Viewing political corruption more broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. “In other words,” Edsall wrote, “we were cynical already, but now we’re in overdrive.”

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2014. There are 70 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 22, 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents and local police at a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio.On this date:In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jer...

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Letter to the Editor

Editor,As community members and leaders, we believe, that the “clean power plan” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency will cause irreparable harm and undue hardship in the nation’s coalfield communities and result in no measurable global benefit.

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Nobel Peace Prize winners must light way to end fighting

The Nobel Peace Prizes recently awarded to a 17-year-old Pakistani girl and an Indian man should inspire the leaders of their countries to end their decades-long, dangerous struggle over Kashmir.The time to find a peaceful future for Kashmir is now.Violence between Pakistan and India along the disputed Kashmiri border has escalated lately into the worst fighting between the nuclear-armed countries in more than a decade, causing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to say h...

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The courts verses the elected majority on same-sex marriage

A frequently asked question is how can a non-elected judge undo the elected will of the majority of the people on same-sex marriage? “What value is my vote?” they protest. In state after state the Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as between a man and a woman was passed — even in liberal bastions like California. Likewise, in state after state, since passage, non-elected federal appellate judges have ruled same-sex marriage to be constitutional, reversing the will of...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 21, 1944, during World War II, U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen (AH’-kuhn).On this date:In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” was christened in Boston’s harbor....

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Proud sweep of history

Pay attention to this moment. This week alone stands as proud evidence of Western Civilization’s inevitable march toward freedom and equality. Collectively, we have resisted, fought, even slipped backward at times. But eventually, we are always shown that our faith in the rights of all men is not unfounded.The New York Times reported Monday that “an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calli...

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Horrors of the justice system

Several years ago, a police court judge we will call Billy T. was presiding and threw a man in jail for not paying his bills. His young lawyer immediately objected and said, “Judge, the United States Supreme Court said you can’t put people in jail for not paying their debts. Any fool can see that.”A pause went over the courtroom. Billy T. said, “Here is the problem. You are not in the United States Supreme Court. You are in my court, and the man is going to ...

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When Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” was...

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