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Opinion

  •  As Kentuckians open their hearts and pocketbooks to help those in need this holiday season, Attorney General Jack Conway wants to make sure charitable donations end up where they are needed most and not in the hands of scam artists.

  •  The holidays are a time of cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic and bad weather on the road. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers so Better Business Bureau recommends taking a few precautions when hitting the road this holiday season.

  •   Through the good graces of the man above and the cooperation shown by surrounding areas, fire tragedies are not common even in parts of Bullitt County that are not officially covered within any fire protection district.

  •  FRANKFORT – Holiday cooking, Christmas trees, candles and holiday decorations significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires, said Kentucky State Fire Marshal Bill Swope, director of the state Division of Fire Prevention.

    "The holiday season can remain festive and fun by taking preventative steps and following simple rules of thumb to prevent home fires,” said Swope. “My advice is to stay in your kitchen while cooking, consider using flameless candles and follow the rules for placing and lighting your Christmas tree.”

  •  What is it we are teaching?  

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s December 2012 Hot Topics!

    1. The Trademark Registration and Monitoring Office sends fake invoices to businesses stating “important information regarding your federal trademark.” A local business received the invoice that states they must “pay the full amount of $485 to avoid additional penalties.” The company has an “F” rating with the BBB.

  •  Your charitable donation can help clothe a child, put food on the table for a family in need and bring hope to those who have none.  As you open your heart and pocketbook this holiday season, make sure that you give wisely.

    Much like storms and natural disasters, the season of giving brings out the best and worst in people.  Scam artists are ready to unveil their latest schemes designed to prey on the generosity of others.

  •  The faces have changed but the discussions were very similar.

  •  The Better Business Bureau is warning small businesses and consumers to be wary of a new vanity awards program linked to the notorious US Commerce Association.

  •  Are you purchasing gift cards this holiday season? If so, beware of fees attached.

    The Gift Card Federal Law Act, passed in 2010 has improved consumers’ chances of getting full value out of the cards they buy or give, but there are still things to look out for. Here are some facts from BBB:

    · Money on a gift card cannot expire for at least five years from the date the card was purchased or the last date any additional money was loaded onto the card.

  •  The city of Hillview officials are looking at an interesting proposal.

  •  Cyber Monday — the Monday after Thanksgiving — has officially replaced Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — as the most popular day to shop for the holidays.

  •  As we once again entire the Thanksgiving season, we need to take a few moments to reflect.

  • It’s time to start planning your Black Friday, that special day after Thanksgiving when retailers gear up to offer their best. Remember, all deals are not created equal and the fine print is often the most important thing! Before you head out the door for a block buster and get caught up in the frenzy, BBB offers these tips:

  •  Scammers are busy this time of the year! Whether it’s on the internet, at the stores, or even at your front door…they are ready to take your hard-earned cash! Here are some tips from the BBB on scams to look out for.

  •  Sickness is something that can happen in any family at any given time.

  •  While we might be able to enjoy a better tag than Unbridled Learning, we won’t argue that the results released last Friday were relieving.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s November 2012 Hot Topics!

    1. Beware of scams surrounding Hurricane Sandy. Be cautious of emails or social media that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas, you could end up with a virus on your computer. When giving, don’t fall for high-pressure tactics, beware of organizations with copy-cat names similar to reputable charities, and make the check payable to the organization, not an individual.

  •  Even as rescue workers rush to the Atlantic Coast to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, Samaritans around the world are looking for ways to help victims of the storm.

  •  The motto of Bullitt County Public Schools is “Moving Forward.”  It represents that to which we aspire; no matter how much we have improved over the past few years, or how much we will improve over the next few, we will not ever be satisfied.