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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After that day, there was no stopping Him

(Luke 9:51) Ever been resolved to get something done? Ever been so resolute that you were determined that nothing would deter you from the seeing the task through to completion? Have you ever noticed that so often the things that people are so unwavering to about really don’t make much difference in the forward movement of humanity? I am a teacher and have watched students so determined to get an A on a test that they spend endless hours in preparation. They forsake family and friends, ...

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Unity without uniformity

Are we heading toward a global church, a pluralistic church, a uniform church with little diversity? Denominational exclusives are disappearing fast. What traits are found in our particular denomination that others don’t have? With fuzzy edges surrounding most denominations, they find themselves more and more homogeneously bundled. Without need for adjustment in belief and worship, church-goers are feeling a freedom of religious mobility — casually changing denominations due to pe...

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A Korean War casualty laid to rest

Visiting Washington, D.C. is an exciting adventure and to be totally honest, there is so much to see and do in the nation’s capital that it is impossible to accomplish over a weekend or even a weeks time.I have had the enjoyment of visiting the District of Columbia on many occasions and one of my favorite historical sights to re-visit is the Korean War Memorial.There is something about understanding the political environment during that period and time frame in the...

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Prepare for health care costs in retirement

As you save and invest for retirement, what are your ultimate goals? Do you plan on traveling the world? Purchasing a vacation home? Pursuing your hobbies? People often think and plan for these costs. Yet, too often, many of us overlook what potentially could be a major expense during our retirement years: health care. By preparing for these costs, you can help yourself enjoy the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.

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Time to control crabgrass is now

While the winter may have wreaked havoc on many desirable plants, it did little to affect crabgrass, the most common weed in Kentucky lawns.“Crabgrass is an annual weed that outcompetes desirable grasses and then dies in the fall, leaving bare spots in yards for winter weeds to fill in,” said Gregg Munshaw, extension turf specialist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “The cycle keeps repeating itself until the turf stand ge...

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All about a turkey’s lifestyle

The day-to-day life of our native wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is pretty routine most of the year: Hang out with friends, feed during the day and roost in trees at night.The bird is a tremendous hiker, walking long distances in a day. It is wary, nervous, and constantly on the move. It is also a swift runner preferring to run from danger rather than fly. But fly it can for short distances with surprising speed for their bulk. They’ve been clocked at flying 55 mph, but wh...

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Change is a challenge

Most people find changes to be challenging, even when the changes are good. We get comfortable in our old ways or circumstances, even when they are not what’s best for us, but we are afraid to step outside our comfort zone. Sometimes it just seems easier to keep doing what we’re doing, even if it is making us miserable.The fear of the unknown is what makes us resist change. We know how to fight the enemies we’ve already encountered in one way or the other, and can...

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Annual 4-H Camp is coming soon

4-H Camp is a great way to fill those lazy summer days. At 4-H Camp, young people learn independence, responsibility, have a lot of fun and make many friends.4-H camps are open to all Kentucky youth between the ages of 9 and 14. Many exciting activities and adventures await campers. 4-Hers can spend their days participating in activities ranging from swimming to nature hikes. Not only do many children find these activities fun, but they will likely learn new skills and develop a gr...

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The final word for living a full life

(Ecclesiastes 12:9-14) Remember the first time you walked your child to the front door of the school? They seemed so small, excited but scared. You gave them a hug and some final words of wisdom before they disappeared into the hall.Jump ahead twelve years or so to a different school and a different door. They were older but still seemed so small, excited, and a bit scared. You gave them a hug and again shared with them some final words of wisdom. This time you disappeared; driving...

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The death of Fred Phelps

There are few deaths in America that created more discussion of hatred than that of Fred Phelps. He was the pastor of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church that is known for their public protest which includes inflammatory statements like: “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God Hates Fags,” “America is Doomed,” and “9-11 a gift from God” to name a few.These statements are the type that should be disturbing to anyone that reads them. The o...

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Support the Earned Income Tax Credit

It is tax time again, and I’ve been hearing a lot about the possibility of a State Earned Income Tax Credit — a tax credit for working families that would piggybacks off the federal EITC. Over the last two years, I’ve seen more and more support for a state EITC, and finally, legislators are considering instituting one for Kentucky.I think they should. The past two years my husband has been in school. We have two small boys, and we qualified for the federal Earned ...

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Telecom reform key to growing businesses

Communications technology is a critical component for the success of any business, large or small. It is equally important for every citizen of Kentucky. Whether sharing large volumes of data across the Internet or talking to mom on a wireless phone, we all depend upon technology to help us communicate better, faster and more effectively.As an organization focused on keeping Kentucky ahead of the curve in terms of business and industrial leadership, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce...

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Celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary

My parents, Ernest and Gladys Hensley, recently celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary. In the age we live in, I think that’s saying quite a lot. I can’t imagine my life without the two of them together. I can’t imagine one of them without the other, for they are surely better together than they would have ever been without each other.My mom says she loved him since she was a girl. She says that when he asked her to marry him, she would have said “...

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The power to fix Congress

These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant, and sadly out of touch.It is no coincidence that this comes while Congress has developed a taste for so-called “unorthodox lawmaking,” wandering far outside its traditional procedures. That’s w...

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Budget deserves more than 13 days

Thursday, the 45th day of the legislative session, the House finally passed its budget bill. This leaves us in the Senate only 13 days to work on the budget, present it in a committee and vote on a Senate version.A multibillion-dollar budget that funds education, health care services, infrastructure, public safety and so many other critical public services deserves more scrutiny than thirteen days. Although it is unfair to leave our chamber with such unequal time to review the Hous...

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