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Columns and Editorials

  • Be safe: Adults should buckle up; children should use booster seats

    Sometimes we look back and think that it’s a wonder we all survived our childhood in one piece. 

    Growing up on a farm, I remember doing things like riding with my dad on a tractor that had no cab or seat belts.

    We didn’t tell my mom that sometimes he would even let us ride in the bed of his pick up truck. As a kid this seemed like great fun, but now that I am older I realize why we didn’t volunteer this information to mom. 

  • Answer to coupon fraud is simple: Don't do it

    I hope that among your resolutions, saving money was included, and I hope my columns have given you a good idea how to start working toward that goal.

  • Flex your foot muscles

    After seeing many people wearing the new “minimalist” shoes that look like gloves for the feet, and hearing how much people loved their new-found foot freedom, this author decided to try a pair.

    It didn’t hurt that she found them on deep discount at her favorite after-Christmas store.

  • Customers are the lifeblood of your business

    Customers are the lifeblood of business, whether it is retail, service or manufacturing.  There are some ideas you might consider when thinking of your business and how you and your staff relate to your customers.

    1. Learn

    Learn all you can-about individual customers, industry trends, our company’s products or services, policies, and procedures - anything that can help you identify your customers’ needs and how your business can meet them.

    2. Analyze

  • Our future under the health care law

    When the health care law was passed, the Democrats cleverly front-loaded some of the goodies, but left the most troubling mandates and requirements to be implemented at a later date.  When the Obama administration recently released its contraception mandate, we all got a glimpse of what is coming from Washington as the health care law is implemented.

  • When a receipt is more than a receipt

    File those Receipts

    When we bought our home in 1992, we installed ceiling fans in every room. I know decorators hate them, but who cares what they think? Anyway, in 2008, my Mom reached up and pulled the chain on the fan in her bedroom and kaboom! It shorted out and burst into a ball of fire.

    Thankfully, my husband was home and he was able to disconnect it and save the night without anyone getting hurt or the house burning down.

  • Confessions of a rebate addict

    Oh, how I love to get paid to shop! I adore getting checks in the mail for things I normally buy. There’s just something about it that makes me smile. I’ve gotten hundreds of dollars back from rebating in the form of checks and gift cards. Want examples? Here are a few:

  • Will you be your neighbor’s neighbor?

    After years of bouncing from one dead-end job to another, George finally landed the one for which he was created. Some of his friends didn’t think the job was so great, but George did.

    He liked the work. He got along with his co-workers, he had a good relationship with his supervisor, and the company’s clients liked him. Plus, the salary, while not great, paid the bills. George was a good employee. He gave a full day’s work for his pay, and he was willing when necessary to stay past quitting time or to come in early.

  • Coupon basics from the Goddess

    I digressed a bit last week with a lesson about online shopping. Hope you didn’t mind too much. Today, we’re back to coupons and I’m going to give you the basics.

    There is a difference between a purchase and a transaction. Each individual item is one purchase. All of your items together make up a transaction. Seems rudimentary, I know, but some cashiers need to be educated on this point.

  • 1862: James Cureton buys 65 acres on Drennon Creek for $1,007.50

    200 Years Ago

    Hugh Baker, constable of Henry County, presented a bill to the February 1812 term of County Court for $10.75.  The bill was for arresting Lawson Moore, Margaret Hammon, and Ann, James and Amos Kelly on charges of committing a felony (unspecified) in March and April of 1811.  Part of the bill was for summoning witnesses at the rate of 12.5-cents each.