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Opinion

  •  Should we be hopeful or should we be skeptical?

    Should the glass be half full or shall it be considered half empty?

    Such is the philosophical challenge we face when considering the recent revelation that there could possibly be an agreement between two feuding fire organizations.

    We would love to believe that the recently-revealed talks between the chairman of the Southeast Bullitt Volunteer Fire Department and the meeting-by-meeting appointed chairman of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District.

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s December 2016 Hot Topics

    1.    The BBB is warning iPhone owners about hundreds of fake retail apps popping up in Apple’s App Store. These counterfeiters are impersonating businesses like Dollar Tree, Foot Locker, Dillard’s, and Nordstrom. BBB recommends going to a retailer’s website to get a link to the legitimate app in the App Store.

  •  Jacob Hubbs was born in 1762 in Nova Scotia, Canada.  He was the son of Captain Samuel Hubbs and Nancy Dodsworth.  Jacob’s father was in the Royal British Army, who came to North America to receive a land grant in Nova Scotia.

    The land which he had the deed to was already settled by another family. 

    So, Jacob moved his family to Maryland.  Jacob’s father Samuel assisted with the establishing of American independence.  His rank was Lieutenant in the Maryland Militia.

  •  Natural disasters like the recent fires in the Smoky Mountains area are tragic. Many organizations are available to assist those who are affected; however, this also provides an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of this tragedy.

    Better Business Bureau encourages you to visit give.org before you donate to learn more about the charity. BBB reminds you to not be pressured into making contributions, as reputable organizations do not use these pushy tactics. Here are more tips for disaster relief giving:

  •  From collection kettles to toy drives to end-of-the-year tax deductions, the spirit of the holidays means giving to favorite causes and to those less fortunate. American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season.

    With that in mind, several charities started Giving Tuesday to follow the busy shopping weekend after Thanksgiving (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday). Giving Tuesday falls on November 29 this year.

  •  Many students spend more for college than they should by making some common mistakes when seeking financial aid. 

    Follow these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to make sure you get the help you need.

  •  We will look back 25, 50, 75, and 99 years to capture glimpses of what was happening in Bullitt County in each of these years. Today we will focus on the month of November.

     

    1991 - 25 Years Ago.

    Lori Mann laughed as Julie Adams, who had recently lost her two front teeth, resorted to using her fingers while bobbing for apples at the St. Aloysius carnival. John Roberts took the picture.

  •     Say what?
        What does that headline mean?
        It means that Bullitt County is flirting with something that shouldn’t happen.
        For some unknown reason, Bullitt County officials seem to want to dance in a very dangerous arena.
        First, it has taken months to determine whether it would hire another electrical inspector or pay a retired employee to come back to work.

  •  Parents: PAY ATTENTION! 

    A recent article in the New York Times noted recent statistics showing that children aged 10 to 14 (roughly the ages of our middle school students) are as likely to die from suicide as from traffic accidents. 

    There is no acceptable rate of death for children, but the article points out that death among that age group is pretty rare for all causes.  

    Even so, traffic accidents used to account for four times more deaths than suicide back in 1999.  Now, it is almost the same. 

  •  Emergency protective orders are an integral part of the Circuit Clerk’s office. 

    Earlier in 2016, we were notified by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) that Bullitt County was one of the counties chosen to implement electronic emergency protective orders.  

    Grant money was available to take Bullitt County to the next level of service to the public.  

  •  Nov. 8 is behind us. Now, let the healing begin.

    With the votes being cast and the public having made its choice, it is time for a healing to take place both in our nation -- but more importatly, in our community.

    We’ll take some time to do more analysis down the road. But what is needed now is an effort to bring our community together.

    After any election, there are hard feelings. Things are said as part of campaign rhetoric. And, this year seemed to take on the personal feelings displayed at the national level.

  •  FRANKFORT – With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining in a national effort to send Thanksgiving travelers an important lifesaving reminder to buckle up – every trip, every time. 

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s November 2016 Hot Topics

    1. A local business reported receiving calls of a recorded message saying they have an unpaid LG&E bill and their electricity will be cut off. The scammers ask for a payment right away, through a wire service or prepaid debit card. This is a scam.

  •     The time has come.
        Forget all the rhetoric.
        Forget all the direct mail pieces and the media ads.
        The time is approaching.
        Next Tuesday, it will be your time to tell everyone in the country who should be the next president.
        It will be time to elect members of the state legislature and the local council races.

  •     The dictionary definition of accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.
        While this definition certainly applies (or should apply) in our politics, our families, or our churches, the word is used differently when it comes to what is known as school accountability.
        In education, school accountability revolves almost exclusively around student testing and is really a synonym of the word “rating.”

  •  FRANKFORT – (October 28, 2016) Trick-or-treaters, parents, motorists and homeowners all play important roles in keeping Halloween safe.  The Kentucky State Police offer the following tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween:

    FOR MOTORISTS

  •  It is always great to get a little recognition.

    Bullitt County needs as much good publicity as it can get these days.

    Last Wednesday, Bullitt County was in center stage in the state capitol in Frankfort.

    It was time for the annual Ashland Teacher of the Year recognition ceremony.

    For the first time ever, Bullitt County had the Middle School Teacher of the Year.

  •  “We Are the Remembers,The Ones Left Behind,” a quote I often use to remind me that domestic violence is real. It happens to one out of three women. It can happen to the rich or poor, highly educated or illiterate, Christian or non-Christian, and to the most loving of families. 

    The family of Karen Byerly Morgan can testify to this.

    The signs of a toxic relationship often missed by loved ones:

    He/She will:

    1. Check your texts

    2. Check your messages.

  •  So Bullitt Fiscal Court has decided that one way to solve the issues at Southeast Bullitt Fire District is to remove two board members.

    Pending appeals, now what happens?

    Will the next two appointments be “fire department” friendly?

    Will those appointees be “district board” friendly?

    Will it really matter?

  •  Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning those who want to help victims of Hurricane Matthew to be cautious when giving money or other assistance to charities. Fundraising efforts are already showing up on crowdfunding sites like Gofundme.com. While some efforts are legitimate, others are scammers posing as fake charities to take advantage of those who want to help.