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Today's Opinions

  • BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: Hot Topics November 2009

    BBB November Hot Topics

    1. H1N1 Scam:

    Be wary of any email or web site related to H1N1. People are falling victim to scams online, from "cure-all" supplements, to "H1N1 Flu Kits" that make claims to prevent you from catching the flu. The FDA recently created an H1N1 "Fraudulent Product List," available on its Web site: www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/h1n1flu/.

     

    2. BBB Scam:

  • November colon awareness time

    If you are 50 years old or older, it’s time to be checked for colon cancer.

    "Screening and early detection can save lives,” said Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Commissioner William D. Hacker, M.D. “If you are 50 or older or have a history of colon cancer in your family, get checked. It’s the best way to ensure your future health and well-being, avoid more serious complications and reduce the cost of health care.”

  • Cyber Monday is right around the corner!

    This holiday season, everyone will be hunting for a bargain. The Better Business Bureau is warning online shoppers that some deals are just too good to be true.

    "Everyone will be looking for the best deals this year and scammers know that they can take advantage of that by using low prices to lure in victims," says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, Communications Director for the BBB.

    BBB offers the following advice to help make online shopping a safe and easy experience this holiday season:

  • Practice Food Safety this Thanksgiving

    FRANKFORT - For many, Thanksgiving means a home-cooked feast with family and friends. In light of this holiday tradition, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reminds Kentuckians that food safety should also be a part of the celebration.

    Many holiday dinners incorporate meat and poultry, a possible source of foodborne disease unless handled and prepared properly. This holiday season, DPH urges consumers to take precautions in preparing food items and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices.

  • Time now to come forward on unsolved murder case

    It’s been 10 years since the kidnapping and murder of 17-year-old Jessica Dishon.

    After the initial suspect, David “Bucky” Brooks, was indicted but the proceedings ended in a mistrial, there has been no other charges.

    There were hundreds of theories in back in 1999 with just as many suspects named. Yet, to date, another trial has not been held.

    After the media circus which surrounded the case 10 years ago and the ensuing trial, things have been quiet.

  • Alcohol issue tale of two communities

    The issue is the same - should a community allow alcohol sales on a limited basis on Sundays.

    The reaction has been quite different.

    The Shepherdsville City Council has floated the trial balloon on two occasions within the past couple of years. Both times it was shot down.

    Now, the city officials have agreed to have some type of mock election for residents in the community. Details are still being worked out.

    The problem is that no one on the council is bound by the outcome of the vote.

  • Redistricting is tough one for members

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Without asking any of them, I know the answer.

    The most difficult thing school boards in Bullitt County will have to vote upon is redistricting plans.

    In some districts, the tough decision is what to do when enrollment stagnates or declines and you have to make personnel cuts.

    In Bullitt County, that is not a problem.

    Even when building has slowed to a crawl, the district welcomes over 300 more students this year.

  • Get all the facts and then decide

    If it was the fourth quarter of a football game and the outcome was decided, they might say that the verbal sparring being done by officials in Mount Washington is a bit chippy.

    It seems that the issue could be the weather and things have gotten a bit edgy.

    Forget who is at fault, the voters of Mount Washington didn’t put officials in office to jab at one another.

    We’ve seen that when fiscal court works as a team, things get done.

    In Mount Washington, the same must happen.