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Today's Opinions

  • Four functions of management

    By Dr. Chuck Crain

    Business owners recognize the four main functions of management: planning, organizing, controlling, and leading and motivating. These four functions are invaluable when it comes to ensuring that your business runs effectively and efficiently. When determining how the four functions of management apply to your business, business owners have to evaluate their resources.

  • It's not really procrastination or daydreaming
  • LETTER: New billboards seem to take away community's value

    Dear Editor,

    It saddens me immensely to see billboards being erected on Lincoln Parkway.

    Our area is beautiful with the gently rolling farmland and these billboards are a distraction. I’m sure the County Planning and Zoning office had to approve the construction of these billboards. What were they thinking?

    I would much rather see a road sign saying Hodgenville, home of Ivy Brown, Miss Kentucky Basketball and Erin Boley, Miss Kentucky Basketball and Gatorade Basketball player of the year.

  • You're never alone

    I traveled to Rockcastle County last Wednesday and Thursday to be a pallbearer in the funeral of my great-uncle, Paul Ponder.

    I understand that a lot of people think that the average person is not close to a great-uncle, but that is not the case at all in my family as we are all close and we all get together often throughout the year.

    A lot of people shared their thoughts of what they remembered about my Uncle Paul. I have all kinds of stories too, but there was one particular story that immediately came to my mind.

  • Small business start toward paperless office

    Small Business Owners are drowning in paper, literally. When I visit a small business, enter the owner’s office, I am struck by the piles of paper documents and reports littering the desk, tables, and the floor. Why is this a bad thing? Because with so much paper, the owner simply cannot find what they really need when they need it.

  • Festival season is in full swing

    By Terry Mills
    Kentucky State Representative

    If there is one theme binding the numerous festivals that take place across the commonwealth each year, it’s that if we raise it, grow it or use a lot of it, there’s almost certainly a community that celebrates it.

    Most of these festivals take place over a ten week period that begins in late August and runs through Halloween and food is often the focal point.  During that time, you can find events dedicated to apples, country ham, sorghum, bourbon, honey, and barbecue.

  • Keep Your Friends Close, Your Passwords Closer

    Sharing passwords is a bad idea between family and friends, but sharing passwords at the office can be absolutely catastrophic.

    For example, I performed a security audit some years ago for a large construction goods company where they suspected their head of technology was defrauding the company. A serious charge and their outside accountant brought me in to review the technology for anything their accounting forensic people had missed.

  • Reflecting on 9/11

    On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11.

    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.  It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.