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Opinion

  •  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.

  •  When we put out the call for people to come out and serve the community, we’re not talking about law enforcement or military personnel.

  •  Each year thousands of teens are killed or injured in traffic crashes as a result of underage drinking. 

  •  FRANKFORT During the opening days of most legislative sessions in even-numbered years, the primary focus is getting bills moving through committee and readying for the governor’s budget proposal.

    As many of you may know, however, this year is somewhat different, as the General Assembly is also taking on the once-in-a-decade task of redrawing the population boundaries for itself, the Kentucky Supreme Court and the state’s six congressional seats.  It’s something all states do after each Census.

  •  There is good news and bad news for Kentucky as your General Assembly drafts a new biennial budget during this year's legislative session.  Let's start with the good news:  revenues are up.  

  •  On Tuesday, Jan. 17, legislators heard from the governor. Gov. Steve Beshear presents his budget proposal to the General Assembly.

    As I have reported in the past, our budget situation is serious and while the General Assembly directed cost-cutting measures and other efficiencies such as reducing personal service contracts and merit employees (those who are politically appointed) in the budget, the Governor vetoed those measures. Now, he will issue his solution to our state’s budget problems.

  •  While nothing is final until the bill is approved and signed by the governor, it appears the hard work of local residents will pay off in the latest redistricting of legislative boundaries.

  • 2011 proved to be a busy year for the BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky. Here is a snapshot of the services BBB provided:

    ·        Provided more than 612,000 BBB Business Reports online in 2011;

    ·        Provided more than 10,000 BBB Business Reports over the phone;

    ·        Closed more than 6,300 complaints.

  •  The five members of the Bullitt County Board of Education oversee a $100 million budget and make decisions about multimillion-dollar building projects. But they also make certain the individual child in the Bullitt County Public School district gets what he or she needs to successfully learn in school and beyond. All that is done in the face of shrinking state and federal dollars for education and tough economic times locally.

  •  FRANKFORT – At the start of each legislative session in even-numbered years, the governor appears before the General Assembly twice: First, to give the State of the Commonwealth address and then, later in the month, to present a two-year budget proposal.

  •  FRANKFORT – The first week of the 2012 Session was a combination of the ceremonial and the new.

    We gaveled in on Tuesday of last week with the traditional establishment of the membership of the Senate and approval of our chamber’s rules. Over 200 bills have already been filed in the General Assembly and will start making their way through the committee process beginning in earnest this week.

  •  Last month, the Bullitt County Sanitation District requested a 3 percent user fee increase over each of the next three years. 

  •   Check out the latest scams and bad business inBBB’s January 2012 Hot Topics!

  •  BBB investigates thousands of scams every year! Our new Scam Source (www.bbb.org/scam) is a comprehensive resource on scam investigations from BBBs around the country, with tips from BBB, law enforcement and others.

    You can sign up to receive our Scam Alerts by email, and you can also be a scam detective yourself by reporting scams you’ve discovered. We’ve divided scams up into nine major categories and picked the top scam in each, plus our Scam of the Year.

     

    Top Job Scam

  •   After putting it off for months, over the Christmas break I took the time to watch the education documentary Waiting for Superman.

  •  A survey by the National Retail Federation shows more than one in three consumers, 38 percent, are expected to return at least some portion of their holiday gifts this year.

    When it comes to returns and exchanges, not every retailer is the same!

    Some businesses even implement separate policies around special sales and holidays. BBB is encouraging consumers to carefully read and understand all policies before buying or returning.Your BBB has the following advice for hassle-free returns and exchanges:

  •  Income tax season is fast approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly.

  •  Making the tough decision might wind up to be the easiest choice -especially when one has an opportunity to reflect.