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Columns

  • Counting our blessings

    Around this time of year, we often find ourselves counting, whether it is the number of days left in the year, the number of presents we still need to buy or the number of calories we put on our plates. The holidays are when many count their blessings as well.
    In that regard, 2015 has turned out to be a pretty good year in many respects for the commonwealth.

  • Pension funding options will influence upcoming budget debate

    As we approach the holidays I would like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to each of you and to your family. My wish is that you can take time out of your busy schedules to enjoy family and celebrate the reason for the season.
    The holidays provide a brief break before the 2016 General Assembly. The debate of how to address the Kentucky employees’ and teachers’ retirement systems combined estimated $25 billion in unfunded liabilities will likely dominate to session as legislators work to pass the state’s next 24-month budget.

  • Yes, I believe

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
    But, his real name is Harry VanWhy.
    And, he doesn’t live at the North Pole. He lives in Lebanon, Kentucky.
    His day job includes owning and managing a successful accounting and tax preparation business, but during this time of the year he spends virtually all of his time spreading cheer and happiness everywhere he goes.

  • Inauguration exemplifies everything great about Kentucky

    As the fog lifted on Dec. 8 for the inaugural celebrations in Frankfort, I was reminded of the smooth transition of power we enjoy in our Commonwealth – and nation.
    In a fitting tribute to that transition Gov. Steve Beshear participated in the parade honoring the person replacing him as chief executive of Kentucky. In addition, former governors Paul E. Patton, Brereton Jones, Martha Layne Collins and John W. Brown Jr. joined in the parade.

  • Celebrate the holidays with a gift from Kentucky

    If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, or for an experience that puts a Kentucky spin on the season, the good news is that there is no shortage of opportunities even as time starts to draw short.

  • Enjoy what Central Kentucky has to offer

    By G.B. Dixon

  • Kentucky’s agricultural receipts reach $6 billion this year

    About 16 years ago, as most states were deciding how best to spend their portion of a landmark settlement reached with the major tobacco companies, Kentucky took an innovative approach that is continuing to pay substantial dividends.
    Under that agreement, half of the annual payments are set aside for agriculture and the other half is split equally between early childhood development and healthcare programs.

  • Rising freelance trend offers many benefits to employers

    By Jack Daniel Taylor

    Today’s workforce has seen a shift away from the standard job with fixed salary and paid holidays. For many reasons, more people than ever are choosing a freelance career. 

  • Gift of the arts

    By G.B. Dixon

  • General Assembly preparing for 2016 legislative session

    With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the General Assembly is winding down what it calls the interim and is preparing for the 2016 legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5 and last for 60 working days.
    Although it is impossible to predict what ultimately will become law, we are getting a clearer idea of the major topics that will be debated.