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Fix tax laws, fix the economy

It doesn’t take a recovering tax attorney like me to tell you what you already know: the federal tax code is a mess, especially for businesses. Every day, business owners and managers express frustration at the complications and hassles of an unnecessarily complex tax code — and fear that a mistake could cost them big. This is no way for a government to treat its citizens, or its businesses. It’s time for Congress to get serious about tax reform.

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Today in History — April 23

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On April 23, 1914, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, then called Weeghman Park, hosted its first major league game as the Chicago Federals defeated the Kansas City Packers 9-1.On this date:In 1014, the Battle of Clontarf took place near Dublin as ...

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Today in History — April 22

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, April 22, the 112th day of 2014. There are 253 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On April 22, 1864, Congress authorized the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins.On this date:In 1889, the Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked claims.In 1912, the United States C...

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Letter to the Editor

Editor,Today, Girls Scouts throughout the eastern half of Kentucky will honor their volunteers on Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day during National Volunteer Week.Our dedicated leaders give their time on a weekly basis to plan and lead fun, educational Girl Scout troop meetings and field trips.

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Stay connected with state lawmakers

FRANKFORT – When the final gavel falls on a legislative session, it’s often seen as a time to start looking back – a chance to review what passed, what failed, who won and who lost.We’ve had a few days for such assessments since the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly adjourned. So, now, let’s turn our gaze forward and see the ways lawmakers’ recent work will touch Kentuckians’ lives in the days and years to come.School kids across th...

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Understanding the meaning of Easter

Growing up as a child I didn’t understand the spiritual significance of Easter, nor did I understand the role of Jesus Christ and how the story of Jesus is the story of Easter. As a child properly understanding how Easter egg hunting, special musical church cantatas and sunrise services all were connected was not exactly easy.

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Watch for the signs

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most significant event in history. Over the last few weeks Easter has been the topic of this column and I’m sure the subject of many a sermon but what about the significant events of the future?The religious elite of Jesus’ day were looking for the coming of the Messiah, but when He arrived they rejected Him. They should not have been taken by surprise, there were signs. The virgin birth, the trip to and from Egypt, Herod’s ...

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A suffering servant, the life-giving Messiah and an empty tomb: Isaiah 53

The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the center of Christianity. The church is reminded each Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, that it was this day that is the point of demarcation for all humanity. It is the empty tomb that makes it possible to live a life filled with God.The story of the resurrection is found at the end of all four Gospels. However, the story was told long before the event took place. The prophet Isaiah told of the cross event six hun...

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Where the wild things are, again

As a kid growing up in Cumberland, my big decision on Saturdays was whether to go to the Novo Theatre at 20 cents or the Corlee at 15 cents. I never knew what was playing at either (unless it was one of those cliff hangers from the week before), but I knew it would be good: Cartoons, news reels and a western short film starring Tom Mix or Hopalong Cassidy, maybe my favorite, Lash LaRue. In these short films I first learned about ghost towns in the west, areas where the gold and silver mines h...

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Today in History — April 19

By the Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On April 19, 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean. (The Navy initially suspected that a dead crew member, Clayton Hartwig, had deliberately sparked the blast, but later said there was no proof of that.)O...

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Grimes hypocritical on issue of standing up for state women

On the campaign stump, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes constantly claims to be the one looking out for all Kentucky women in her bid to oust U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell this November. But she has repeatedly dodged reporters’ questions since last summer about sexual harassment allegations by three women against a former state representative.We are referring to former state Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, who is accused of sexually harassing these women whil...

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Today in History — April 18

By the Associated PressToday is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On April 18, 1934, the first laundromat (called a “Washateria”) was opened by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas; four electric washing machines were rented to members of the public on an hourly basis.On this date:In 1775, Paul...

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National Paper Clover Campaign supports Bell County 4-H youth

The National 4-H Council has announced the launch of the spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC). This event marks the fourth year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a TSC is located.“We are so fortunate to have a Tractor Supply store in our county, and Bell County 4-H is blessed by the support of our community...

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Today in History — April 17

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On April 17, 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world, returning to Columbus, Ohio, after 29 1/2 days and 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180. Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York WorldR...

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Improve your ‘investment environment’

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — a day devoted to education and action on environmental issues. As a citizen of the world, you may have a keen interest in protecting your physical surroundings. And as someone trying to reach long-term financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you’re probably also interested in improving your investment environment.So here are a few suggestions:

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