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  • Better Business Bureau: Tips on storm damage

    If you are on the hunt for a reputable contractor after severe weather rolled through the area recently, be aware of those who may try to take advantage of your situation: The home repair rip-off artist who may overcharge, perform shoddy work or skip town without finishing the job.

    Better Business Bureau urges homeowners to use extreme caution when dealing with door-to-door or out-of-state solicitors who offer “quality work at great prices.” BBB offers the following tips for consumers who may be facing major repairs after a disaster:

  • Tuna is more than a fish; it's a childhood memory

    Tuna is a fish. I know it’s accurate to say tuna sandwich but when you grow up saying tuna-fish sandwich, that’s a hard habit to shake.

    Some folks say tuna salad sandwich. Back in my youth when pharmacies all feature lunch counters with bar stools, I ordered a tuna salad sandwich at Wooldridge Drugs in Vine Grove.

    It came with a piece of lettuce under the bread. That’s not how Mom made a tuna-fish sandwich, so my preteen brain equated tuna salad with the piece of lettuce. After all, the main element of a salad is lettuce. Get it?

  • Focus on Finance: Ten Commandments of personal finance

    Question: Are there a set of rules I can follow that will ensure financial success?
    Answer: No one can guarantee if you follow certain rules you will be financially successful. However, there are certain behaviors that certainly help you in that direction. Here are Ten Commandments of personal finance.

  • Why trust is the coin of the realm

    There is deep distaste for the extreme polarization and politicization that our government institutions have displayed.

    Back in June, Gallup released a survey that got a fair bit of attention for its headline finding: only 10 percent of Americans trust Congress as an institution. Think about it. If you walk into a cafe this morning and there are nine other people in there reading the paper or staring into their laptops, only one of you in the room has faith that the body charged with making our nation’s laws can do its job right.

  • Elizabethtown council reveals many characteristics of late

    Pressure tells a lot about people. In times of stress, we often revert to our true nature.

    While living up north, a friend once said, "Ben only sounds Southern when he's angry." And it was true. The real me showed itself under pressure.

    Since the death of Mayor Tim Walker last month, the Elizabethtown City Council has been feeling some stress. By law, the pressure to pick a successor falls to them. The group meets Monday afternoon in a special session and for the third time in 15 days that topic is on the agenda.

  • Despite others, I’m still in love with my computer

    Maybe it’s a part of the yearning for a slower, simpler world, a less digitized world when others — including the National Security Agency — didn’t have instant access to our privacy. Or perhaps it’s more a desire to touch and embrace an older vehicle for communicating.

    It could be both.

    I’m referring to the return of the typewriter.

    Even high school students are learning the joys and frustrations of tap tap tapping away on what many consider an anachronistic way of communicating.

  • CASA provides service outlet for willing seniors

    Good news for my cohorts by survival that enjoy the grand title of retiree.Here’s a bit of information to put a spark in your life.

    Amazingly, the CASA of the Heartland volunteer program came about in ways which allow retirees to tap into a source of usefulness, joy and fulfilling rewards. By the time retirement arrives, most folks have been parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts or reached the age of maturity. They have the experience needed so desperately by CASA children and the Family Court of Hardin County.

  • Leadership: Democracy’s essential ingredient

    By Lee H. Hamilton

  • Elizabethtown’s mayor deserves respect, support

    For 16 days, Elizabethtown city government has operated without a mayor. City Council is likely to resolve that situation during its meeting Monday afternoon.

    The void left by Tim Walker’s death is extensive. Stung by the sudden loss of their friend and colleague, the council members have moved with caution and respect. But a decision must be made and state law provides the council only 30 days to select a new mayor.

  • June is Fireworks Safety Month

    It is fitting that the month leading up to our nation’s birthday is Fireworks Safety Month as fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple pie and, unfortunately, fireworks can be as dangerous as they are patriotic.