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Opinion

  •  The time has arrived.

    In less than one week, you will have an opportunity to exercise one of your most sacred rights -- the chance to go to the ballot box.

    Despite the mud...

    Despite the really awful stuff that is spread in the social media, including Topix and Facebook...

    Despite the hard feelings that are caused...

    We continue to say that America has the best system of democracy in the world.

  •  Mother’s Day is right around the corner! If you are ordering flowers, beware of petal pushers!  Unscrupulous florists will place fake listings in local phone directories, and when you call you are unknowingly forwarded to an out-of-town telemarketing company. The telemarketer takes your credit card information and forwards your order to an area florist. The telemarketer takes a processing fee, and a percentage of the total order. Later, you realize you were charged more than you had planned, and the flowers are not as ordered – if delivered at all!

  •  Bullitt County gets the fair and festival started this weekend with the annual Mount Washington Spring Festival.

    Thanks to the work of the Mount Washington Lions and Lioness clubs, the spring festival has been a fixture in the community for decades.

    There will be the normal things like booths and food on Friday and Saturday.

    There will be a car show and rides. The professional wrestlers will be grappling once again.

    This year adds a special gospel music celebration on Saturday evening.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s April 2014 Hot Topics!

    1.    BBB is receiving calls about Free Government Grants! Scammers offer government money because a person pays bills on time, is a good citizen, or was picked in a random drawing. To receive the grant, the person must send fees via prepaid card or a wire transfer. There is no grant!

  •   Over the course of this week, thousands of visitors will be in the Bullitt County area as Kentucky Derby festivities are held.

    Some will be stopping off to get some of that expensive Kentucky gasoline. Others will be staying in local hotels.

    Some may be eating at our local restaurants and others may be doing a little shopping.

    Or maybe partake in some Kart Kountry go-kart racing.

    Some may stop down at Jim Beam Distillery and take a tour and visit the Stillhouse, especially for Friday’s pre-Derby festivities.

  •  The “Run for the Roses” is right around the corner! And, the race is on to get those last-minute Kentucky Derby tickets!

    BBB is warning those of you who want to attend the Kentucky Derby to beware of scam artists trying to fool you into buying fake Derby tickets!

  •   Bullitt County is scheduled to “go live” with the court system’s new Accounts Receivable Program on May 1, 2014.  There are currently 27 other Kentucky counties which have made the transition.  

    As it exists now, the accounting system is an antiquated system of hundreds of old-fashioned ledger cards. 

    Information regarding payments must be manually entered into the system where the court records are kept but there is no communication between that program and the bookkeeping program. 

  •  In one sense, it seems like school just began yesterday, but in another way, it feels as if it has gone on a very long time.  Rather than waiting for the end of the year to recap, since so much has happened, this month I’ll devote to a little review.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s April 2014 Hot Topics!

  •  FRANKFORT – This past week was the final full week of the 2014 Regular Session, leaving only a few days remaining until this year’s 60-day session comes to a close.

    Most activity this past week in the Capitol centered around talks between House and Senate leadership to hopefully reach a compromise on a new two-year budget for the Commonwealth, and a road plan of projects in Kentucky for the next six years.

  •  The world is glued to the news about the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Now, scammers are taking advantage of curiosity over the missing flight. BBB is warning, don't fall for click bait teasers promoting exclusive footage of found passengers.

    How the Scam Works:   

    You are on Facebook, and a post catches your attention. "Video of Malaysia MH370 Plane Found in Bermuda Triangle. Passengers alive," it teases. Another popular version promises: "[NEWS FLASH] Missing Plane Has Been Found!"  

  •  It is anything but the giving holiday season throughout the commonwealth.

    And Bullitt County is part of it.

    It is election time as one will observe as one drives throughout the community.

    Election signs and election ads are popping up.

    Various jurisdictions have various laws about when signs can be posted.

    The county and the city of Shepherdsville have no restrictions on when signs are erected.

    Other cities generally have a 30-day window from the election day to post signs.

  •  FRANKFORT– We are nearing the end of the 2014 Regular Session, and, much like the week, before controversy hangs over the House because of procedures used to pass Kentucky’s road plan and how to pay for it.

    On Tuesday, members of the House Committee on Appropriations and Revenue received a revised version of Governor Beshear’s proposed road plan and budget less than 15 minutes before the start of the meeting, meaning legislators had only a few minutes to review a document more than 220 pages long before a vote was called.

  •  FRANKFORT -- The top duty of the Kentucky House of Representatives, pass a two-year budget for Kentucky, finally came to fruition this week, some eight weeks after the Governor first proposed a budget plan.

    I, like many of my colleagues, take seriously the responsibility to pass a fiscally sound budget for the citizens of Kentucky.

    While the vote to pass the budget in the House was 53 yeas and 46 nays, it was not without much debate.

  •  Over the past quarter-century, The Pioneer News’ editorial page has been filled at least once a year with something to the tune that Bullitt County needs more planning.

    That interest in planning for our future in an organized manner has not changed.

    And that is more than the common thought of planning and zoning land-use decisions.

    Yes, we do need to plan.

    And, yes, the revision of the comprehensive land-use plan, which hasn’t had a thorough study since 1997, is important.

  •  With local teams making it into the NCAA Tournament, basketball fever is on the rise! BBB is warning basketball fans to be careful when buying tickets, travel deals, and basketball memorabilia.

    Major sporting events always inspire scammers to take advantage of fans, with fake items, fake tickets, and too-good-to-be-true travel deals.

    Counterfeit Items

  •  The only thing missing on Monday afternoon was a little Irish whiskey and some leprechauns.

    The announcement that Portwest LLC would start its North American operations in Shepherdsville was perfect timing - an Irish company coming to Bullitt County on St. Patrick’s Day.

    The company, which has specialized in outerwear and safety protective wear for the past 100 years, has been a major supplier in Europe and Africa.

    Now, when it decided to move into new territories, Bullitt County was selected as its first distribution facility.

  •  FRANKFORT -- We are moving into the final few weeks for the 2014 Regular Session.

    Although the winter weather played havoc on the legislative schedule this past week, forcing cancellation of legislative action on Monday, the House still dealt with several bills.

    One of the bills that has generated the most attention thus far this session is House Bill 70, which seeks to restore the voting rights for people convicted of some felonies who have completed all other requirements of their sentence.

  •  Although we did not have session on Monday due to the wintery weather conditions, the Senate continues to work on bills to make governmental processes more efficient, clean up statutes and save taxpayer money. 

    Off of the floor, the members and staff of the Majority Caucus have been busy reviewing the budget situation in preparation for the House’s budget bill. Although we do not have an actual piece of legislation to work with, we still anticipate certain requests and appropriations, and can be ready to work quickly when the bill comes out of the House.

  •   The Brooks family was a distinguished family in the history of Bullitt County.  The Brooks ancestors came from Ireland.  After 1690, some of the family immigrated to America.

    Joseph Brooks was born in 1755 in Chester, Pennsylvania.  Joseph had a twin brother who was David Brooks.  Joseph Brooks married Nancy Boice in Pennsylvania.  Nancy was born in Ireland and came to America when she was 21 years old.