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Today's Opinions

  • BBB Hot Topics: March 2017

     See the latest scams in BBB’s March 2017 Hot Topics:

    Hoping to be the next MTV Real World cast member? A local consumer was contacted by the “casting crew” and sent in pictures. After she was “selected,” she was then asked to give money to hold her spot during the casting call. This is a scam.

  • City taking unique step to bring new businesses

     The governing body in Mount Washington has taken a different approach to bringing in needed businesses to its community.

    Recently, the city purchased a building which got its start as a Pizza Hut many, many years ago.

    The price, including the existing restaurant equipment, was a cool $550,000.

    Most governmental agencies do not have that kind of money to spend.

  • BBB Presents “Risk Index” to Identify Top Scams

     As a kick-off to National Consumer Protection Week, the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust has compiled information for the first BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report.

    The information gathered by BBB Scam Tracker in 2016 has some surprising insights into exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss.

    Reanna Smith-Hamblin, President/CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky, says “This study shows that people from all demographics are vulnerable to scams.”

  • Legislative pace quick this session

     FRANKFORT- The pace in Frankfort has picked up substantially, as another week of committee meetings, ceremonies, and floor votes have gone by. We have passed a variety of bipartisan legislation that will go far in increasing government transparency and caring for the most vulnerable among us. 

    At the end of last week, we passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2, which will go back to the Senate for concurrence and then on to the Governor for his signature. 

  • Peoples’ House getting a lot done

     FRANKFORT — Following the conclusion of week 3 of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the people’s House has accomplished a great deal, but there is much left to o. Thankfully, Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has charted a new course for Kentucky. 

  • Energy in schools - Potential versus kinetic

     Most readers will know that to say “potential energy” is another way of saying “stored” energy, like when you turn the propeller on the balsa wood rubber band powered plane until it is so twisted it is getting ready to break. 

    To turn it into kinetic energy, one just has to let go and away the plane soars.

    During the last couple of weeks, I had my yearly opportunity to speak to our 8th grade class at all six middle schools. 

    That adds up to just over a thousand 13- or 14-year-old young men and women. 

  • Fire boards seem close to contract deal

     Maybe it was the sweet smell of bacon. Maybe it was the desire to stop writing big checks to attorneys. Maybe the parties finally realized that enough was enough.

    For whatever reason, the fire district board and the fire department board at Southeast Bullitt have been working together to reach an agreement for an amended contract.

    Over breakfast Saturday, the parties calmly and intelligently discussed a skeleton of a contract agreement.

    Only one real sticking point appeared -- the length of the contract.

  • GOP staff spends less money

     FRANKFORT — The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after a brief organizational break, and the week has been filled with legislative meetings as well as the daily session. 

    Most importantly, when we returned we heard from Gov. Matt Bevin as he delivered the State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the House and Senate. 

    Some major items that Governor Bevin touched on in his address were the need for tax and pension reform.