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Columns

  • The Dangers of Underage Drinking

    I enjoy writing about my opinion on topics, but I do not like to discuss things that make people angry or upset by what I write. Writing should be a way for people to express themselves and give people a different view from their own. Today I want to talk about underage drinking and how dangerous it is for our bodies and for our community.

  • Who is ruining the spirit of Christmas?
  • What happened with tobacco settlement money

    About 16 years ago, as most states were deciding how best to spend their portion of a landmark settlement reached with the major tobacco companies, Kentucky took an innovative approach that is continuing to pay substantial dividends.

    Under that agreement, half of the annual payments are set aside for agriculture and the other half is split equally between early childhood development and healthcare programs.

  • Meaningful Holidays for your Children

    Holidays can bring joy and fun especially to children. Children always look forward to receiving presents, often times costly and unnecessary ones.  Sometimes our children are more concerned about the presents they want to get and forget the true meaning of the holidays, which is shared time and enriching experiences. Here are a few tips for parents to help their children look beyond all of the seasonal product-driven marketing:

  • A busy legislative session ahead

    With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the General Assembly is winding down what it calls the interim and is preparing for the 2016 legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5, 2016 and last for 60 working days.

    Although it is impossible to predict what ultimately will become law, we are getting a clearer idea of the major topics that will be debated.

  • The sum of all numbers

    Obviously a lot of people use Microsoft Excel everyday. It is one of the top selling software products of all time. Unfortunately, according to an article in Forbes magazine, 88% of all spreadsheets contain errors. The majority of these are caused by human error. Over my accounting career, I found many spreadsheet errors, and some of them resulted in serious financial loss to the business.

  • Small business downturns offer unique holiday shopping opportunities

    By Patricia Krausman

    As the holiday shopping season gets underway, and as you rush about from store to store looking for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, consider what shopping local means for our region’s economy.

    This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a time when customers are encouraged to shop locally for their holiday gifts and purchases and to recognize the role small businesses play in keeping our communities prosperous.

  • A word on Thanksgiving

    By Terry Mills

    This week, our family and friends will gather around the dinner table, as they have for generations, to celebrate a holiday that is nearing its 400th anniversary.

    As even some of our youngest students can tell us, what is widely considered to be America’s first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, when the Pilgrims and a tribe of Native Americans came together for a three-day feast to give thanks for a successful harvest.

  • Reinvent your Thanksgiving feast

    Many people would sum up their Thanksgiving experience by saying, “it was a feast.” However, with most feasts there is the potential for leftovers and Thanksgiving is no different.

    Many of us are acquainted with leftover turkey sandwiches, turkey enchiladas and even turkey potpie. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests the following as a means of reinventing Thanksgiving leftovers:

    Prepare turkey soup. Boil the carcass and add diced sweet potatoes, green beans and other vegetables.

  • The suspense of Black Friday

    The suspense is building for shopping fanatics around the country as the largest shopping event of the year is this Friday.

    Black Friday is an annual shopping event following Thanksgiving Day where stores of all varieties offer reduced prices on select items for a short amount of time. Black Friday is also regarded by many as the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season.