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Columns

  • 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:

  • A lesson about photography, parenting and priorities

    As a longtime photographer, I am well aware of missed opportunities.

    I have missed many good photos because I decided I would get to it later. In springtime, it might be a dogwood blooming along a rustic fence line that I drive by and think, “I’ll stop tomorrow, the light will be better.” In the winter, it could be an old tobacco barn covered in newly fallen snow, serene and isolated in the cold beauty of its surroundings.

  • 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.

  • Victory can be found by just sticking it out

    We had just finished supper when the phone rang. Only a few hours before, I had been playing football on the sandlot team that my brother Mark had formed after I had hounded him to do so.

    That team was my only hope of playing in 1965, since I was still too young for Washington Elementary School’s football team. Eric was even younger than I was.

    Mark was the perfect coach for our team. After all, he played football for the mighty Bulldogs of Altus High. He coached us up and even scheduled a game with another team that one of his football buddies had formed.

  • 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.