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Opinion

  •  FRANKFORT – Encounters with young wildlife increase in spring as people spend more time outdoors.

    An unattended deer fawn curled up in tall grass. A litter of rabbits discovered alone in the backyard. A baby bird furiously flapping its wings but struggling to get off the ground.

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s June 2015 Hot Topics

    1.    A local consumer received a call from 888-675-3768 from a person claiming to be with Humana Health Insurance. The consumer was told he had to purchase a prime policy. The scammer wanted personal information. Humana is NOT making these calls.

  •  In October 2008, The Cabinet for Health and Family Services issued a Certificate of Need (CON) authorizing the conversion of an existing outpatient health center in Bullitt County, Kentucky, into a 60-bed acute care hospital. 

    The CON was issued to Jewish Hospital Medical Center South, an entity that is now part of the KentuckyOne Health system.

    The issuance of the CON was the culmination of a lot of work by me and by former State Senator Gary Tapp.

  •   Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have served. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans.

    As Memorial Day approaches, the Better Business Bureau urges consumers and donors to be aware of scammers that feed off of the military.

  •  Often times we have opportunities for the future.

    Those opportunities can leave a stamp or a legacy.

    Unfortunately, things get in the way of such opportunities -- which often don’t come along very often.

    While not trying to measure the impact of the recent decision of the Shepherdsville City Council to the drive of former Gov. Martha Layne Collins and the Toyota deal, there are similarities.

    Both projects were large in scale in terms of what the respective government agencies had been dealing with.

  •   French writer Gustave Flaubert once wrote, “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” 

    In this age of posts, tweets, and sound-bites, it is easy to think that the real art of writing is essentially dead.  But, as Flaubert implies, the careful setting down of words on a page is not just a method by which we communicate, it is more importantly a method by which we develop that most important of all academic and citizenship skills: critical thinking. 

  •  Bullitt County is never short on controversy. But some of it is getting a bit scary.

    We’ve had a fire chief who has said the wrong things on several occasions that got him in trouble and caused him to lose a job he dearly loved.

    We’ve had a police chief who has been found guilty of lying to federal investigators. That case will surely be appealed in federal court but it has cost the long-time officer his job.

  •  During this week each year, hundreds of visitors will return to Bullitt County. It is a short hop to the festivities associated with the Kentucky Derby.

    We hope you enjoy your stay. For many, this is an annual occurrence. 

    Bullitt County has plenty to offer. There is Bernheim Forest, four wineries, Jim Beam Distillery, Kart Kountry, Zappos, Donna Sharp Quilts and a whole lot more. 

    Dozens of antique and consignment shops are found throughout the community.

  •  BBB's Wise Giving Alliance (WGA) is warning donors to avoid being taken advantage of by scammers who want to make money off of the Nepal earthquake tragedy.

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s April 2015 Hot Topics

    1.    Looking for last-minute Kentucky Derby and Oaks tickets? Deal with a reputable business. Check out the company at bbb.org. Also, while websites like Craigslist may have legitimate sellers, some of them are scammers. Remember, the site offers no guarantees. Tip: If you are asked to wire money, it is almost guaranteed to be a scam.

  •  FRANKFORT– The House and Senate worked from the late night of Tuesday into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, adding an additional day to wrap up the 2015 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

     During the final hours until we adjourned around 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning, agreements were reached on several key bills including what many consider to be the top priority for this session, addressing the growing problem of heroin.

  •   There is a lot of research indicating that almost all students who attend school on a regular basis attain at least adequate levels of academic success.

    When Woody Allen said “Eighty percent of success is showing up,” he wasn’t far off. 

    Obviously, we want more than 80 percent of success, but the quote and the research taken together begs the question of why students miss school and what can we, as a school system and a community of thoughtful adults, do about it. 

  •   As the flood water recedes in the local area, BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western KY is warning flood victims who are seeking flood damage repairs to beware of scammers.

    After going through a flood, people you do not know may knock on your door, offering discounted flood repair services. Some of these individuals may not be legitimate. Scammers travel to disaster areas to take advantage of those who want life to go back to “normal.” Some may claim your insurance agent or FEMA sent them to your home or business.

  •   Only two legislative days remain in the 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, and the fate of several major pieces of legislation -- including the House Majority’s efforts to shore up the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) and reduce heroin addiction -- now rest in the fate of conference committees.

  •   FRANKFORT – The gavel dropped shortly before midnight on Wednesday of this week, recessing us until March 23rd for the veto period of the 2015 Regular Session.  And with only two days left to go until the session ends, several major issues remain unresolved.

  •  With a lot of sponsors and a lot of support, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce pulled off yet another successful KidsFest.

    While we admit we had some concern over the $1 per person admission charge, there weren’t any screaming or hollering.

    The Shepherdsville Police Department softened the blow by providing funding to pay for the admission of the first 500 through the gates.

    It is these community events that need to be stressed as a way to show that Bullitt Countians can come together at times.

  •  See the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s March 2015 Hot Topics

  •  BBB is warning basketball fans not to fall for NCAA ticket scams as they follow their favorite basketball teams. If you are making a last-minute decision to see your favorite team in the tournament, avoid disappointment, and don’t fall for “too-good-to-be-true” ticket prices on the Internet or elsewhere.

  •  Another major snowstorm rolls through the Commonwealth again this past week, forcing us to yet again cancel session days due to the treacherous road conditions and power outages at the Capitol. 

    With fewer days remaining before the 2015 Regular Session is scheduled to end on March 24th, much of our focus will be on the major bills of this session.

  •  Returning to legislative duties in earnest last week, we addressed many key concerns in the House of Representatives, including shoring up teachers’ retirement, protecting our children against Internet intruders and increasing educational advancement for our veterans.

    It’s been a busy week, in one of the most active annual sessions on record in terms of the number of bills filed, but one that’s produced many possibilities for positive change.