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Opinion

  •  You pluck a chicken before you can cook it. That is called a chicken plucker or any bird that has feathers you pluck it first.

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

    1. Prepaid Debit Card Scams are gaining popularity. In one scam, scam artists are calling consumers, posing as Duke Energy, threatening to turn a customer’s power off if a payment is not made within the hour, using a prepaid debit card. The scam artist asks the consumer to purchase a prepaid debit card then instructs the consumer to call back with the card’s number and PIN. Don’t fall for this scam!

  •  FRANKFORT – The 30-day session of the General Assembly concluded at midnight this past Tuesday, after two long days of hard work and bipartisan collaboration to ensure the state’s most pressing issues were addressed.

  •  FRANKFORT – Each legislative session is invariably remembered for one or two high-profile laws, but there are always many others that, while not getting as much attention, are important as well.

  •  March 7 marked our second month in office.  During the last two months, we started our processes of streamlining operations, updating obsolete forms and documents, and looking for ways to better serve those with whom we work.  

  •  FRANKFORT – Although several major issues are still pending, the General Assembly wrapped up much of its work early last week, and for a “short” legislative session, there is a fairly long list of key bills that have made it to Governor Beshear’s desk.

  •  FRANKFORT – The General Assembly is now recessed for a ten-day veto period and will return on March 25 for the final two days of the 2013 Session.

    While consensus hasn’t been reached on important bills dealing with industrial hemp, public employee pension reform, and military overseas absentee voting, the Senate is ready and willing to work on these unresolved issues.

  •  FRANKFORT - The final few days of the 2013 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly wound down in a flurry of bills being passed between the House and Senate, and work remaining on other bills when we return for the final two days in more than a week.  But it was a simple debate on one bill that could sum up this year’s entire session.

  •  Education is more than test scores. 

  •  Seldom would you think that elected officials would have to justify keeping their budget the same.

  •  With local teams making it to the NCAA, the Better Business Bureau wants to warn the public about scams related to March Madness.

    Major sporting events like the NCAA tournament almost always inspire scammers to capitalize on the scarcity of tickets and fans’ desire to snap up souvenirs or team jerseys. The BBB advises fans to check out offers with the BBB before spending their hard-earned cash.

  •  Are you in the midst of planning your spring break getaway? Whether you’re jetting to Costa Rica, headed on a cruise, or driving to Destin, Florida, don’t just book a trip because it looks like a good deal! Do your homework first – spring break is not the time to book a trip from a provider you aren’t familiar with!

    Out of the almost 4,000 industries the BBB monitors, the travel industry consistently ranks near or in the top 25 for number of complaints, costing consumers as much as $10 billion annually.

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

    1. Businesses are receiving emails disguised as Consumer Complaint Notifications from the FTC. The email states a complaint has been filed against your business, and you need to review and respond. The email provides a link, which takes you to a third party website, and the file you download is actually malware that scans your computer for personal information.

  •   FRANKFORT– Every year members of the Kentucky General Assembly descend on Frankfort to carry out the duties that our citizens expect to do.  That expectation includes making sure that the legislative process is open and transparent to all Kentuckians.

  •  It is ironic that in a single issue of the paper we have stories on a leader in the community who is leaving and another who is coming to our area.

  •  It’s time.  We’re in the last full week of this year’s regular session, and we haven’t done our biggest job – again.

    There is near-universal agreement that our number one job this time is reform of the state’s pension system for public employees.  SB 2 is this year’s proposed solution.  We’ve been delaying true reform for as many years as I can remember.

  •  FRANKFORT – As we move rapidly into the final 8 days of this short session, the General Assembly has come to a major turning point.

  •  BBB is joining forces with federal, state, and local government agencies to promote consumer education during National Consumer Protection Week, March 3 – March 9, 2013.

    As part of National Consumer Protection Week, BBB recommends five easy steps consumers can take to become a smarter and savvier consumer:

     

    1.   Always check out a business with BBB first.

  •  FRANKFORT — Public-pension reform moved closer to some sort of resolution in the House this week as the chamber approved its version of a pension overhaul bill, along with a separate bill that a majority of members say will generate necessary revenues to fund the system.

  •  We began the 2013 session with a commitment to reform the state pension system and establish a long-term dedicated funding source.  This week the House passed two measures that we believe meet those goals.

    An important point to realize is that our legislation does not raise taxes or change expanded gaming laws or lower retirement benefits for current employees and retirees.