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Opinion

  • Last week, it was an honor to be invited and to attend the Campbellsville University media appreciation luncheon.

    Print and broadcast media from around the state were in attendance for the event that took on a global traveling theme around the adventures of the guest speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bill Luster. I sat in awe listening to him recant his journeys and seeing the images that could move mountains, and I found myself wondering just how I got here and what difference am I making in this world.

  • Have you ever had a bitter taste in your mouth? Like when you are a kid and say a dirty word or sass your mom. The punishment was often getting soap in your mouth. That taste, you try everything you can think of to get it out of your mouth. It lingers on your tongue for a while; eventually it wears off but the memory of that awful taste remains.

    It’s too bad we don’t get a vile taste in our mouths when we spew poisonous babble, like gossip. It could save a lot of people from unnecessary hurt and heartache.

  • If you have not already, you will begin hearing your voice and data provider telling you that 5G is on the way. Oh my, 5G! Is that a good thing and what will it cost me?

  • Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

    Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Governor Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House Majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.

  • Since this is the period of the Legislative Session when the Governor has his veto days and the Senate does not meet, I wanted to discuss the issue of making health care more accessible and more affordable for all Kentuckians. As the former CEO of a rural hospital, improving health care was a major factor that drove my decision to run for public office.

  • Many people have an annual spring cleaning routine which includes washing windows, cabinets and woodwork.  This year take time to also “clean-up” your financial records. 

    Sort through your financial paperwork, and identify old statements which can be shredded or thrown away. Remember, it is always a good idea to shred any paperwork that contains personal information, especially bank account, credit card or other financial information.

  • After a successful Winter Gala everyone wants to know what happens next? What’s the next big thing? We have had more than one person ask these questions.

    We are in full swing at the Chamber and we are attempting to visit our current members while also visiting potential members. If we haven’t visited you, don’t worry we will get by to see you very soon.

  • More times than not, people assume community is simply a group of individuals in the same area. Community is so much more than just that. It is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

    It is important for a community of people to help each other because when you help someone, later on in life they will remember it when they see someone who needs help and hopefully return the favor.

  • A few weeks ago, I talked about extending the life of your computer hardware. This week I thought I would give you a few free software applications to make you more productive and happier individuals.

    I wrote about the need to clean out files you no longer need. Many will not do this because it just takes too long. Along comes PC Decrapifier.

    The PC Decrapifier is a program designed to suggest and remove unwanted software. One excellent use is to clean off most of the annoying software, generally referred to as bloatware, that is typically shipped with new PCs.

  • That headline got you didn’t it? Thinking birds/bees right? No. Maybe more philosophical or perhaps scientific? Nope, none of the above. History has always been one of my favorite subjects. One of the most fascinating parts of history, to me, is thinking about all the people who came together and, as a result, here I am.

  • Last week was a big deal for me as I turned 28-years-old on Thursday, March 23.

    It’s funny how birthdays are perceived when you get older. When I was growing up, I looked at my birthday as another year of getting closer to becoming a teenager, being old enough to drive or some other milestone many of us had when we were growing up.

    After turning 28 last Thursday, I found myself so busy with everyday life that I kept forgetting about my birthday in the weeks and days leading up to it.

  • Triglycerides are a type of fat that can be found in your blood. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body.

    Your body creates triglycerides when you eat more calories than you need to use at that time. This makes your fat cells store the triglycerides until you need energy between meals, at which point certain hormones release the triglycerides into your bloodstream.

  • I am a numbers guy and I love statistics. When clients would not believe my advice, I sent them to read the statistics. I do not make this stuff up.

    So, after writing several articles the past two years regarding the threats your business faces to Cybercrime and Cybertheft, I thought you might enjoy reading a few from a recent report by Barkly.

    2016 saw a huge growth in new malware entering cyber space. In just the third quarter of 2016, we saw 18 million new malware software attacks. And that is just the samples that were collected in the wild.

  • By Steven Curtsinger
    Student Columnist

    What is expected from a high school senior as they make the transition from school to work or continuing their education?

  • Since our son, Isaac, started playing Rec League basketball he has treated it like a career. The only other child I have ever seen as serious about a sport is my brother who was bound and determined to play baseball for the Cleveland Indians.

    Isaac has had several coaches since he first started playing basketball for the Bardstown Rec Department’s Fifth Quarter youth basketball program. This year was the first time he represented New Haven and the first time a coach made a huge impact on him.

  • We are now more than half way through the 2017 Regular Session and work continues for the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to ensure student athlete safety, help our state’s veterans, and support our first responders.

  • Visits from advocacy groups, a ceremonial bill signing, and rallies in the Capitol Rotunda, along with the bipartisan passage of bills, marked a busy Week Four of the 2017 Legislative Session.

    We were excited to welcome the children of Kentucky National Guard members from across the state for the First Annual Kentucky Military Kids Day. It was an honor to host these families who have sacrificed so much to serve our state and our country.

  • Over the past four years, I have had the privilege of being a student at LaRue County High School, but it wasn’t always easy.

    I have learned that even in the midst of privileges and emotional highs, there are always nuisances and emotional lows. My four years of high school have proven this theory time and time again. You must be prepared and very composed in order to endure the hardship and responsibility that comes along with being a successful student.

  • How are you doing with your savings habits? Do you automatically transfer money to a savings account each month? Setting up automatic savings is the easiest and most effective way to save – it puts your extra cash out of sight and out of mind. There are several ways to automate.

    1. Use direct deposit at work to split your paycheck into different accounts: checking, emergency fund, retirement, investment, or other goals. Automating retirement savings is a great way to assure that you receive any matches or employer contributions, too.

  • By Steven Curtsinger
    Student Columnist

     

    As I started to think about Valentine’s Day, and what it means for Americans, and really the whole world, I wanted to know where it all started. Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day? Who brought it about? What has kept it going for so long? I started looking into the history of St. Valentine, the pioneer of Valentine’s Day.