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Opinion

  •  As a local reporter focusing almost exclusively on local events, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with national news. 

  •  FRANKFORT – As Kentuckians open their hearts and pocketbooks to support disaster relief efforts in Japan, Attorney General Conway cautions consumers that scammers may try to prey on their generosity.

    Fraudulent charitable solicitations can come through emails, social networking sites or even direct calls. General Conway asks that consumers choose carefully when considering urgent appeals for aid.

  •  By this time next week, we might know whether the Bullitt County Public Health Board moved forward with its proposal to impose a smoking ban in public places.

  •  BBB is warning basketball fans not to fall for NCAA ticket scams as they follow their favorite basketball teams.

    Fans following the Wildcats, Eagles or the Cardinals along the road to the NCAA Championship Game may be tempted to fall for “too-good-to-be-true” ticket prices they see on the Internet or elsewhere.

  •  After a major disaster like the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, many Americans want to help those impacted. Unfortunately, with any major disaster, there are scam artists who will attempt to take advantage of those who want to help. Your Better Business Bureau offers this advice for donors to ensure their donations go to trustworthy relief efforts.

  •   FRANKFORT – When you move your clocks forward early Sunday to stay on time, change your smoke alarm batteries to stay alive, says Kentucky Fire Marshal William Swope.

    “Using the beginning of daylight savings time as a reminder to change the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors can be a lifesaving habit,” said Swope. “Surveys show that as many as 50 percent of the smoke detectors in American homes have dead batteries. Smoke detectors that don’t work can’t save lives.”

  •  Only 16 schools in the commonwealth of Kentucky will be represented in the boys’ PNC Sweet 16 basketball tournament in Lexington’s Rupp Arena next week.

  •  Harlyn Edward Nall, 92, of Pioneer Village, died on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

  •   A list of hot topics posted by the Better Business Bureau for the month of March. For more information visit www.bbb.org.

  •  Will Bullitt County impose a regulation controlling smoking in any public business?

  •  Severe weather can cause damage that prompts homeowners to seek repairs in a hurry. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers to take a deep breath and check contractors out before signing a contract.

    BBB recommends consumers ask contractors for local references and check with those customers to see whether they were satisfied with the work. If possible, inspect completed projects as well. If customers are pleased with the jobs, they’ll probably be proud to show off the results.

    The BBB has the following tips for hiring contractors:

  •  BBB is recommending doing your research BEFORE paying a company to help you find financial aid for college.

    During the 2009 – 2010 school year, $94 billion in grants was made available to college students to help cover education costs, according to The College Board. Sources of the funding included federal and state government, institutions, private entities and employers.

  •  A list of hot item topics from the Better Business Bureau for the month of February. For more information visit www.bbb.org.

     

  •  As one city is looking at a huge financial hole and another city is considering whether to change its percentage, now might be an excellent time for all the parties to study the current insurance premium tax setup.

  •  There was an impressive crowd who gathered in Shepherdsville on Monday evening.

  •  The Better Business Bureau today is warning consumers to beware of any phone messages or text alerts from financial institutions. They could be a scam!

  •  It is certainly not what Scott Ellis envisioned when he was sworn in as the next mayor for the city of Shepherdsville.

  •  How many ribbon cutting ceremonies do you attend that have someone translating the words into sign language?

  •  BBB is warning football fans to be wary of Super Bowl ticket scams. If you're determined to cheer your team on at the Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas on February 6th, don’t just buy tickets. Do your homework first! If you don’t know the seller, you risk falling victim to ticket fraud – and you could end up with no tickets at all!

    Here are some tips from the BBB:

  •     There’s just a few days left before the calendar turns its next page.
        When January arrives, Bullitt County will lose some good public servants. This happens every election cycle.
        The names may change but their devotion to the community doesn’t.
        At the county level, Thomas Kappel will be leaving as coroner, an office he has served in since the early 1980s. It is a position that doesn’t get a lot of publicity    unless some really bad crimes occur.