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Today's Opinions

  • Frankfort Focus - The veto process

    Other than constitutional amendments, which go before the voters, every bill the General Assembly passes has to clear one final hurdle before becoming law: The governor’s pen.

    The governor has the authority to sign or reject bills, or to let them become law without a signature. He or she can only approve or veto bills in their entirety – except in budgetary matters, which can be line-item vetoed without affecting the rest.

  • May is Kentucky Water Awareness month

    Are you water aware? Do you know how your home and garden water use impacts the water around you? May is Kentucky Water Awareness Month, and that’s a good time to think about how what we do affects the health of waterways in Kentucky and beyond.

    Kentucky has more than 90,000 miles of rivers and streams. Each stream eventually meets the Mississippi River, either directly or via the Ohio River. That means everything we put into the water can potentially reach as far as the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Spring clean your way to a safer kitchen

    Spring is a great time to target harmful bacteria that can lurk on kitchen surfaces and even in your refrigerator. Harmful bacteria especially like moist environments. A clean, dry kitchen helps protect your family from foodborne illness.

    Some cleaning tips you should practice year round to make your kitchen and your meals safer include:

    Always clean surfaces thoroughly with hot, soapy water.

  • Is your business generic?

    From 1997 through 2002, I stayed busy helping many businesses convert from computer accounting software that was not Y2K compliant.

    To refresh your memory, when the calendar turned over to January 1, 2000, a number of older software codes failed to work properly. This was because a lot of programs used a six-character date, representing the year in two digits.

    This was done to save the costs of data storage; I know, seems funny now. This practice worked great until we cycled to zero-zero. Then, not so good.

  • Breakdown of 2016 legislative session

    Legislative sessions tend to be remembered for just a handful of new laws, and this year’s, which ended April 15th, is no different.

    The budget was understandably the most prominent, with its chief highlight being the significant amount of new money the General Assembly put toward the unfunded liabilities of our public retirement systems.

  • A Pinocchio parallel

    I just want to be me, the real me, jeans and tshirt with crazy hair and kids hanging off of me like little monkeys and probably some shimmering snot on my shoulder where someone was crying. This version of me is like most women my age who have children; it’s where I feel most fulfilled, shimmering snot and all.

  • A slice of pi for my techie friends

    No, I did not misspell it, Pi as in Raspberry Pi is not a dessert your mom makes; it is a low cost computer that can accept an external monitor, keyboard and mouse, cameras and more. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in computer languages like Python, Scratch and others. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet, playing high-definition video, playing games or business applications.

  • Want your money now?

    I love getting paid! However, waiting to get paid, worrying about bounced checks, or paying excessive bank fees; not so much fun. If asked how long I wanted to wait to be paid for my services, my reply would be “immediately.” In fact, sooner if possible.

    Collection of receivables can be a real problem for a small business. The failure to manage timely receivables has led to many small businesses failing. Fortunately, there are solutions to allow a small business to get paid faster, and also allow a greater range of payment options for their customers.