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Columns

  • The challenge of cleaning up, sorting and throwing away

    Summer’s almost over and fall is fast approaching but at home there’s a spring cleaning frenzy going on.

    We’ve been cleaning out, cleaning up, reorganizing and straightening. I am using “we” in a very general sense here. Most of it has been my wife with a tiny bit of me dealing with my piles.

  • A strong Fort Knox equals a stronger Army

    By U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green

    The recent developments worldwide are a reminder why our nation needs a strong national defense. Fort Knox is key to our military’s future.

    Unfortunately, this administration has taken actions that reduce our military advantage when we should be doing all that we can to keep our advantage strong.

  • Having seen the future, let's embrace it at HMH

    Put this one in the category under seeing is believing.

    After hearing about the customer surveys and feedback that led Hardin Memorial Health to add two floors on its North Tower, I can’t say that I understood.

    What’s the big deal about private rooms? Yeah, that would be nice but is nice the same as need?

  • BBB: Who are you helping when you donate?

    olice and firefighters in our communities put their lives on the line daily to protect you, your family and your community. So when you get a call or a letter asking you to give to a police or firefighter group, your first reaction often is a generous one.

  • Online tricksters can spoil your fun

    Fall is upon us. It’s the season of festivals, camp fires and Trick or Treat. The Halloween Industry Association claims Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the country.

    If you haven’t already bought your child’s costume, the BBB suggests you exercise caution. Many Halloween costume stores and websites are seasonal.

  • Scams and schemes focus now on Ebola

    Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a variety of Ebola-related scams and problematic fundraisers that have emerged recently.

    A fundraising page on GoFundMe was created Wednesday to raise donations for Amber Joy Vinson, the nurse who traveled from Dallas to Cleveland and is being treated for Ebola.

  • Encouragement: The universal game changer

    “I can’t believe they lost,” I moaned after my favorite college football team went down in defeat. “Now they for sure won’t make it to the new four-team playoff system,” I continued to grumble.

    Sensing I was descending into a sports fanatic’s funk, my wife suggested we rent an uplifting movie, “Million Dollar Arm.”

  • This year, recommendations will come from readers

    Often I have said, the most difficult decisions are what we choose not to put in the newspaper.

    That applies to front-page articles, the sports page, national and international wire copy selections — even which comics and puzzles to carry.

  • BBB reminder: Know your collection rights

    f you use credit cards or owe money on loan, you are considered to be “in debt.” If you fall behind on a payment to your creditors, you may be contacted by a debt collector.

  • If you have something to say, say it here

    As the elections draw near, the letters to the editor increase dramatically.

    Whether part of an organized campaign to show support for a candidate or some heartfelt personal need to speak up, the burden of collecting, organizing, editing, producing and printing letters increases.