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Today's Opinions

  • Small business alternatives to Microsoft Office
  • Helping Children Reach a Healthy Weight

    Today’s children are spending more than four hours a day watching TV and playing video games.  They eat more unhealthy foods that come in larger portion sizes and are less physically active than children of the previous generation, resulting in more health problems and a shorter lifespan than their parents. These children are often overweight or at-risk for becoming overweight, and in danger of experiencing serious health concerns, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and sleep apnea.

  • Wildlife industry flourishing in Kentucky

    For hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians and out-of-state visitors, there is no place quite like the commonwealth when it comes to hunting, fishing or just experiencing all that nature has to offer.

    In a given year, more than 550,000 people fish, 347,000 hunt and another two million either boat on our rivers and lakes or observe our wildlife.  Not surprisingly, these outdoor activities are a major driver of our economy, with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources estimating the annual impact at nearly $6 billion.

  • What is a Website Card?

    According to Twitter, a Website Card is a powerful ad format that allows users to preview an image, related context, and a clear call to action in their timeline.

    Include conversion tracking in your campaign to measure actions that happen off Twitter, such as a sign-up or purchase. Use a Website Card to grow your site traffic.

    So that definition is about as clear as mud to most of us. WebCards have been around and evolving since at least 2007 in several forms. The latest is the Website Card, the brainchild of Twitter.

  • Ways to make college more affordable

    You must make careful plans for the expense of a college education. There is nearly $1.3 trillion in total U.S. student loan debt. After college, graduates may be faced with ongoing wage stagnation and years of underemployment.

    How does a student and their family better prepare themselves for the cost of college? Here are tips on ways families can make college more affordable:

    1. Save early and save often.

  • 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.

  • 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.