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Opinion

  •  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.

  • 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.

  •  The Better Business Bureau is issuing an urgent scam alert cautioning businesses and consumers about an email that is purporting to be from a bbb.org email address about a recently filed complaint.


    The email contains a dangerous attachment regarding a complaint and appears to direct recipients to the BBB website. This is a scam. The BBB does not send complaints as attachments via email.

  •  National surveys tend to indicate public dissatisfaction with public education, yet those same surveys generally find that parents are quite satisfied with their local public schools.  The same phenomenon is seen when surveying opinions about Congress, which people tend to not like, and their own Congressman, who is generally held in high regard. 

  • Because of the hard times we now live in and the financial stress many of us face, your Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Office is offering the 13 week easy-to-follow Financial Peace University course from January 16th through April 2nd.

    It will help you gain Financial Peace! Don’t wait any longer to: Get Control of Your Money, Tell Your Money What to Do, Stop Struggling to Make Ends Meet, and Change Your Family’s Future!

  • The holiday shopping season is in full swing! For those of you looking to give gift cards to family and friends this year, BBB is recommending that you do your research before purchasing a gift card.

  •  Bullitt County will welcome the holiday season with open arms starting this weekend.

  •  There are dozens of domain names registered in the name of “Old St. Nick,” offering children a wide range of opportunities to email Santa. Sadly, some of the websites aren’t always so trustworthy. Some can potentially be a dangerous way to share personal information. Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising parents to do their homework before letting their child write to Santa this holiday season.

  •  On Dec. 6, months of work by various committees will be unveiled to Bullitt Fiscal Court.