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Today's Opinions

  • H1N1 virus still real threat

        Many people think that H1N1 is behind us, but the Bullitt County Health Department would like to remind residents, that is not true. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), no states reported widespread influenza activity.

  • Budgetary controls part of process during session

        FRANKFORT - Writing an $18-billion state budget isn’t much different from writing a $50,000 household budget. First you get your bucks in a row. Then you decide how to spend them.

        It’s simple. But never as easy as it sounds. Never when money’s way short. And never in a grinding recession.

  • BBB Tips on Choosing a Tax Preparer

    It’s time to start working on your taxes! If you plan to hire someone to do your taxes this year, BBB recommends you choose a preparer wisely. Tax payers are ultimately responsible for everything on their return, even if it is prepared by someone else.

    Reputable tax preparers will ask tax payers several questions to determine whether expenses, deductions and other items qualify and remind clients that they need to keep careful and complete records in order to substantiate information on their tax return.

  • Mass transit may take big hit if leaders don't get on the bus

        Even before the gas price hikes a couple of years ago, Bullitt Countians had grown accustomed to parking their vehicles in Mount Washington and Shepherdsville and catching the TARC bus into downtown Louisville.

        The route became so popular that a third bus was placed on the  route.

        However, as gas prices have settled and budgetary woes have increased, TARC board members have a difficult decision.

  • Change or no change, change needed in parks plan for future

        There was a wonderful exchange of ideas on Thursday evening during the first of the quarterly night-time forums hosted by Bullitt Fiscal Court.

        While it would have been nice to have more general discussion, the topic of the night was quite clear - the proposed YMCA merger with the Bullitt County Parks and Recreation.

        No action has been taken and there is no clear indication if any action would ever be taken.

        However, the plan, though vague, is an interesting proposition.

  • Education dominates talk in House Chamber

        FRANKFORT – When it comes to education, few days in recent years could rival last Thursday, when the state learned in the morning that it is a “Race to the Top” finalist and the Kentucky House voted overwhelmingly that afternoon to begin raising the high school drop-out age from 16 to 18.

  • BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: HOT TOPICS MARCH 2010

    BBB Hot Topics - March 2010

     

    Consumer Protection Week begins March 7th - BBB is a proud supporter of this nationwide effort to educate the public on how to become savvier consumers. Hundreds of national and local organizations will work together to educate consumers on the importance of taking control of their personal finances. Look for your BBB at various local events.

     

  • Time right to look at 'alternatives' in school year

        With so many innovative things happening in education, one item that really hasn’t been altered in years is the calendar.

        No matter what calendar is finally agreed upon, there will be those who are unhappy.

        As the push to get more instructional days into the calendar before state testing is done in the spring, maybe it is time to at least start discussions on some type of alternative calendar.