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Columns

  • Frankfort Focus - Consumer protection key in general assembly

    When it comes to the public’s safety and well-being, consumer protection may not always grab the headlines, but that doesn’t diminish its importance.

    It was the key theme last week in the Kentucky House, which moved forward not one but four bills touching on this issue.

  • One of the more acceptable sins

    If eyes are windows to the soul, the tongue is certainly the thermostat of the heart. What is the temperature of your heart? Is your heart warm: Filled with good and encouraging words for people around you? Or is it cold: talking down about someone, tearing away at their character, looks or circumstances? Maybe your heart is somewhere in the middle; a tepid battle ground that changes with it’s surroundings? Sometimes you encourage and uplift with your words, other times, if it suits you and you feel the need, you tear down and destroy with your words.

  • Tips to automate your savings, participate in KY saves week

    Sometimes building a healthy cushion of savings can seem like a daunting task. It can be very easy to lose track and have to make a late credit card payment or to end up spending all of your paycheck without remembering to save part of it. One easy way to get started on saving this Kentucky Saves Week is to automate your savings.

  • Amazon's Echo: Toy or tool?

    One of my best friends sent me the best present ever, an Amazon Echo. It started out as an innocent question, since I knew he had one. “What is Echo and what would I do with it?” His response was “You just have to try it.”, and he sent me one.

  • Teen Dating Violence

    For many people, the month of February brings thoughts of romance and love in relationships. Sadly, some relationships that begin with the hope of love become abusive and violent over time. For teens in particular, who are still developing emotionally and are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships, dating violence can have severe consequences and cause lifelong negative health effects.

  • Why the Early Years Matter

    The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood wants to make sure families are aware how important the first years are in a child’s development. Ninety percent of brain development happens in the first five years. A child’s vocabulary as early as age three can predict third grade reading achievement.

  • Automotive career opportunities growing across region, state

    By Kim Huston

    The automotive industry has not only completed its recovery from the Great Recession, but also broke light vehicle sales records in 2015. With this growth, communities in the Lincoln Trail region and across the Commonwealth are positioned to realize even greater opportunities.

    Our region has played a significant role in Kentucky’s automotive industry for decades. Most of the eight counties of our region are home to an automotive supplier and, in recent years, we’ve welcomed a number of new companies and celebrated multiple expansions.

  • Net-etiquette, surviving in the digital age

    As a business professional, your business life-blood may depend on email, texting, and quality communications. I have been using email since its inception at DARPA and I have seen the worst and the best of practices. Unfortunately, today we experience more worst than best of practices.

    First, consider that email is more like sending a letter. If you do not know what a letter is, please put this down and ask your mother. And texting is more like a short phone call. Do not confuse the two.

  • Adult Education making strides in Lincoln Trail

    By Diane Kelley

    As an adult education instructor, I have seen firsthand how education leads to a higher standard of living and an increased quality of life.

    With that in mind, the Lincoln Trail region has reasons to take pride in our adult education programs and the students who access these programs.

  • Are you ready for an Apple watch?

    Did you know that Apple invented the watch? Neither did I, but it is certainly true that they improved and expanded on the concept.

    Apple has three classes of the Apple Watch. Please note that Apple does not refer to its product as the iWatch, it’s just that everyone else does!

    The inside of all versions of the Apple Watch are identical, including the software and the Watch OS. The differences are entirely in the materials used for the Watch case and bands.