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Columns

  • Don’t be fooled by phoney phone deals

    Consumers are reporting to the BBB been ripped off by scammers posing as national telephone companies.

  • Use care when cleaning

    Spring cleaning is a good time to rid your home of the clutter and paperwork accumulated over the past year. When it comes to reviewing your financial records, knowing what to keep, what to discard and when is important.

    Some of these documents contain confidential information, so safe disposal is essential. The Better Business Bureau suggests the following record keeping and removal tips:

  • Lesson of Derby 140: Dreams never should be sold

    Even if you’re not a horse racing fan, you’ve got to love the story of how this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, California Chrome, fulfilled the dream of his owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin. It’s a story that inspires us to dream big and take the necessary steps to give dreams a chance of being realized.

  • Farmers, veterinarians know what's best in animal care

    Nine generations of my family have farmed the land in LaRue County and it’s no secret to anyone in our community how seriously we take the health and well-being of our animals. That’s why after reading the Humane Society of the United States April 29 column, “Ag-gag Legislation Keeps Truth Away from Consumers” I felt readers of The News-Enterprise should hear from veterinarians and an actual local pork producer.

  • Checklist can be helpful when hiring a contractor

    Are you planning to do some work on your home this year? Here is a checklist from the BBB on hiring a contractor: 

  • Scramble for cash threatens voice of people

    Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency and the impact of money on the overall political process.

  • Better Business Bureau: Bogus Derby deals exist

    The Run for the Roses is right around the corner. And the race is on to get those last-minute Kentucky Derby tickets.

    BBB is warning those of you who want to attend the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby to beware of scam artists trying to fool you into buying fake Derby tickets.

  • Finding the similarities and embracing differences

    It shouldn’t be surprising to see yourself in the actions of your kids and grandkids. But somehow it just is.

    Take Jacob, for example. He’s the oldest child of my oldest child but the second oldest in our group of four grands.

    During the Easter egg hunt at our house last Sunday, Jake didn’t feel the need to join in. He was doing his own thing.

    Very often, he’s perfectly content with his own company.

    Frankly, that sounds like a definition of his grandfather.

  • Tips for planning vacation through a travel agency

    It has been a long winter. Are you ready to plan your summer vacation? The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to use care when making plans online and through travel agencies.

    Written complaints to the BBB about travel agencies remain steady. However, the BBB reports that consumer inquiries about travel agencies were significantly higher in 2013 than they were in 2012. BBB received 3,685 inquiries in 2013 compared to 2,324 inquiries in 2012, an increase of 59 percent.

  • Government provides underpinning for innovation

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

    People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud declines like that. I understand why: There are many reasons to reduce government spending.

    ut in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the government’s investment in R&D, not slash it.

    Let’s begin with the federal government’s record, which is nothing short of impressive.