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  • Devices from CES I would buy in 2017

    The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas in January and hundreds of vendors came to show off their wares and attempt to convince resellers that you, the consumer, could not live without their products.

    CES is the geek show of the year, and if you have an interest in technology, I strongly suggest you do some Googling and check out what the show had to offer this year.

  • Rep. Brandon Reed’s legislative update - March 8, 2017

    As the end of the Regular Session draws near, we continue work on behalf of the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to combat our state’s drug epidemic, protect innocent life, and support our firefighters and veterans.

  • Senator Steve Meredith’s legislative update - March 8, 2017

    Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 session.

    The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted no time this week and passed over 40 pieces of legislation including:

    Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align caseloads with current census data;

  • Extending the life of your computer

    My primary Windows computer is nearly 10 years old. Purchased in May 2007, this computer is well beyond what manufacturers tell their customers the expected life should be.

  • Renaissance Recycling is about to “Flip its Lids!”

    Recently, a church group let me know that they were saving lids to recycle and they would go to a new bench or table for their church. This program is sponsored by Green Tree Plastics out of Evansville, Indiana.

    We have been saving for them and others for some time and we are overrun. I have misplaced the phone number for the group sponsor that had requested help in the summer, and hope that someone reading this will call me with that information, PLEASE!

  • Easy ways to increase your savings

    This is America Saves Week. Most of us understand that saving regularly is one of the simplest ways to reach our financial goals, but we don’t all take advantage of easy ways to automate our savings.

  • Managing social networking in your business

    Social networking apps for communicating, such as Podcasting tools, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter, has changed our ability to rapidly access and disseminate information. This makes it more important than ever to be sensitive to our responsibilities to guard our business and our customers’ information.

  • Using your GL to find fraud

    A good portion of my career has been spent working with businesses to help identify financial fraud. My area of expertise was usually around technology and automated financial systems.

    Your General Ledger (GL) is a good place to start looking if you suspect fraud. The GL is, in a way, a mystery story.

    In the case of fraud, the GL is awaiting you to reveal the perpetrator. It can tell stories of fraud, manipulation and betrayal. Unfortunately, few people know how to read the signs.

  • Financial Literacy needed by US Teens

    One bill being brought up in Frankfort during the current state legislative session would mandate financial education for all high school students. You might wonder if this is really needed. But ask yourself, how savvy are you (or your teen children) about handling financial matters? The National Endowment for Financial Education reports that American 15 year olds lag behind many other countries in financial literacy.

  • Looking for love in all the wrong places

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be thinking about that certain someone you want to meet.