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Opinion

  •  When the Bullitt County Sanitation District was formed in 1997, it was done out of desperation.

  •  It is a neat project that the community should get behind.

  •   Sometimes on paper, ideas really look good. But, upon further review, the promising idea might not be as rosy as it may have appeared.

  •   FRANKFORT When it comes to high school dropouts in Kentucky, one number in particular stands out: 33.

    That’s how many students on average walked out of the classroom each and every school day in 2010, amounting to 6,200 students over the entire year.

  •  We have reached the half way mark of the 2012 session and I believe the House of Representatives has much to show for our 30 days in Frankfort.

    Since January 3rd, we have been hard at work moving legislation through the committee process, working on budget issues within our subcommittees and meeting with constituents and stakeholders on issues of importance to Kentuckians,

  •   FRANKFORT – We have reached the half-way point of the 2012 General Assembly Session. There are daily committee meetings, policy briefings, visits from constituents, and meetings with various advocacy groups.

  •  There is no question that the per pupil spending on youngsters in Bullitt County is below par.

  •  Bullitt County was in a prime position for the first time in many, many years in Frankfort.

    The redistricting proposal would give the county two house representatives who would have the vast majority of residents and voters in their territory.

    Also, the senate district would be just Bullitt and Nelson, increasing the possibility of having its own senator.

  •  Every parent wants their children to succeed in life.  Early on, parents can help by making sure that their child can read.  And they need to keep them in school.  This is the parent's responsibility, but some in Frankfort want to take that responsibility away from them by mandating school attendance until they're 18 years old. 

  •   Redistricting took another turn this week when the judge returned his opinion disagreeing with our plan and directing members of the Kentucky General Assembly to run in our old districts.

  •  Unless you have a large trust fund or have won a big lottery jackpot, you know what it means to make economic choices.  Do you buy these shoes, or do you buy those groceries? Do you get the data plan at $25/month or stick with text messages and put $25 a month away for a college fund for your baby (which could add up to about $8,500 by graduation day).

  •  Forget all the politcal talk. Forget all the special interest involvement. It is time to put the issue on whether Kentucky should have gambling on the general election ballot.

  •    If you are going to send flowers, candy, or gifts for Valentine’s Day do your homework first!

    When buying flowers, consumers should be especially careful when making the purchase online or over the phone. Consumers should review the description of the floral arrangement and be sure they know exactly what their loved one will be getting. When doing business with a florist, keep the following in mind:

  •  In his state of the Commonwealth address, Governor Beshear laid it out fairly straight- we have to tighten our belts.  Again.  Like every responsible family in the Commonwealth we need to establish a reasonable budget, and exercise the discipline to stick to it.  We've been doing a pretty good job of that for the last four years, although we haven't been shy about our bonding (which is borrowing money on a 20-year payback.)

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

     

    1.    There’s a new twist to the BBB Phishing Scam. Businesses are receiving calls from someone who says they are with the BBB, wanting to help them remove a virus from their computer due to a phishing scam. BBB is NOT making these calls!

  •  FRANKFORT While no one can predict exactly what will pass in a regular legislative session, one constant can always be counted on: Diversity. Last week was a textbook example of that in action in the Kentucky House, with legislation ranging from wild pigs to alternative energy projects.

  •  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Are you looking for love? Millions use dating and social networking sites to meet people. While many are looking to start a successful relationship, there are those using these sites to take advantage of others. Unfortunately, the anonymity of the internet makes it easy for con artists to use these sites to meet potential victims.

  •  Circuit Judge Rodney Burress certainly doesn’t need the affirmation of this newspaper on any of his opinions.

  •   A Nelson County man asked me about charter schools, wondering why public charter schools don't have to follow the same rules as traditional public schools; and if charter schools are better (which he doubts), why don't the traditional schools change the way they're doing business to imitate charter schools?  The answers lie in centralized control and mandatory attendance. Let's take a look at how Kentucky sets things up.

  •  The Super Bowl is right around the corner! Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be on the look-out for knock-off team jerseys, counterfeit memorabilia, and phony game day tickets.