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Opinion

  •  Is taking a look at a regional sewage disposal plan in the best interest of Bullitt County?

  •  BBB is receiving calls from local consumers who say they are annoyed after receiving automated calls promising them a free medical alert system.

    The system is supposed to help protect seniors in the event of break-ins or medical emergencies.

    The scam has put groups across the U.S. on alert. The automated “robo-call” comes from a company identifying itself as “Emergency Medical Alert Systems,” “Senior Safety Alert,” “Senior Emergency Care,” “Senior Safe Alert,” or something similar.

  •  Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. 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 the military.

  •  It may not be the perfect situation; however, the efforts being made in Mount Washington to install decorative sidewalks through its downtown district should be commended.

  •  As the Bullitt County School Board considers its budget for the next fiscal year, the choices are getting tougher and tougher.

  •    The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be cautious of scam artists who prey upon people in need and those who want to help them. “Scam artists come out of the woodwork after a disaster strikes,” says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, Vice President of the BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky, “and they are willing to do anything to take your money.”

    Here are some tips on how to protect yourself when disaster strikes:

  •  For anyone who complains about getting a ticket for not buckling up when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, here’s a crash course in reality:

    *746 people were killed on Kentucky’s roadways in 2012

    *Of those 746 killed, 592 were motor vehicle fatalities. 

    *62.5 percent of those motor vehicle fatalities were not wearing a seat belt. 

    *When worn correctly, seat belts are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. 

  •   FRANKFORT – Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware.  The 2013 national “Click It or Ticket” Memorial Day seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 20 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up. 

  •  National, and even state headlines, scream at us about our schools’ relative position in the world.  One group claims there are too many administrators, another claims that the teachers’ unions cause all that is wrong in the world, another says that charter schools are the answer. 

  •  I had a gas station back in 1967. That is when you had to pump gas for your customers. You had to do this in bad weather out in rain or snow or whatever the weather might be. I did some mechanic work, changed oil, sold tires, the usual thing you do to run the business. It is hard to find a good hardworking person to help you unless you are there with them all of the time.

  •  From bankruptcy to paying off debt in two years or less...

  •  It is one of the few events that Bullitt Countians can rally behind – in a united effort.

  •  A perfect opportunity for a partnership exists in Bullitt County.

  •  May is National Moving Month, which kicks off the busiest time of year for Americans changing residencies. It also means unlicensed movers and dishonest scammers are waiting to take advantage of unwary consumers.

    BBB is again joining with the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) to provide important tips on how to avoid scams.

  •   BBB is warning consumers to beware of the “499” Scam! Local banks are being inundated with calls from concerned consumers.

    The call appears to come from “499” on your cell phone. The automated message says the person is with the security department of a well-known bank and your card has been deactivated for transactions due to suspicious activity.

  •  For its faults, Kentucky has been blessed with being a hotspot of tourist attractions.

  •  It’s almost Mother’s Day! Whether you are ordering flowers, shopping for custom jewelry, or arranging for a special spa day, be a smart consumer this Mother’s Day! BBB sees lots of scams that focus on holiday shopping, and is warning consumers to proceed with caution before falling victim to a Mother’s Day vender scam, especially when shopping online.

  •   Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s May 2013 Hot Topics!

    1. OverstockCloseoutSales.com of Leitchfield, KY has an “F” rating with the BBB. Consumers say the website, which is now shut down, was using the BBB logo. Complainants, who found the company advertised on their local Craigslist, say they ordered and paid for items they never received. They paid for the items through Green Dot MoneyPak.

  •  The driver’s license division is the one division of the clerk’s office with which most citizens are familiar. 

  •   As the school year ends, the festivities begin. From graduation get-ups to prom preparations, the expenses can quickly add up for parents.  Each year, BBB receives complaints from unhappy parents after the festivities.

    According to a new survey by Visa, the average American family plans to spend $1,139 on prom this year, a 5-percent increase over 2012.