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Opinion

  •  Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. And that is not just a catchy headline.

  •  In the world of “no-brainers,” Bullitt Fiscal Court was correct in jumping into the Substance Abuse Program offered by the state corrections cabinet.

  •  If I were going to run for office, the office that I would run for would be the school board, district four. Due to my background in social work, my main focus would be on the alternative school in Bullitt County.

  •  Some government agencies enter this new fiscal year with a smile on their faces.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s July 2011 Hot Topics!

    1.    Grandparents Scam – Local grandparents are getting calls from scammers who are pretending to be their grandchild, or an authority figure saying their grandchild is in trouble outside of the country. The scammer says the grandchild was in an accident or arrested and needs money wired for help. Grandparents are losing thousands of dollars from this scam.  

  •  The biggest one-day event in Bullitt County will return for its 10th occasion.

  •  On behalf of the Bullitt County Family YMCA staff and Board of Directors, as well as the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to say thanks to individuals and companies who made the wonderful work conducted at the swimming pool beside Bullitt Central High School possible.

  •  When the clock strikes midnight tomorrow, another fiscal year will come to a close.

  •  OK, the economy still stinks and gas prices are higher than we would like.

  •  Better Business Bureau has learned that Sylvan Learning Center of Elizabethtown, Ky. has received reports of two men selling “Sylvan” books door-to-door in Hardin County.

    The men are wearing name tags to look like official representatives of the organization, and one even told a consumer he was “an exchange student from Florida,” trying to legitimize sales.

  •  FRANKFORT – One of the most persistent challenges the United States has faced for generations can be summed up in a single word: Poverty.

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are nearly 43 million people in the United States, including one in five children, whose household income meets that definition, which is defined at little more than $22,000 for a family of four.

  •  June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. BBB is marking the occasion by calling attention to the many ways the elderly are victimized. BBB receives hundreds of phone calls each year from senior citizens who have been targeted or victimized by scammers. Some are scammed with fake lottery checks, bogus travel deals, and financial fraud. Others are bullied by door-to-door sales people.

    Seniors are targeted often, because they are trusting and are afraid or embarrassed to report fraud when it occurs. The top scams against seniors include:

  •  Governmental agencies throughout the state are busy working on their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

  •   June is Home Safety Month (Home Safety Council, 2011). When considering ways to make your home safer, many people consider covering electrical sockets, looking for loose cords and wires, or putting together an emergency supplies kit. Have you ever considered the connection between home safety, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs? There are many ways to help make your home safer for children and grandchildren who will be home from school on summer break.

  •  Don’t anyone misread the headline. The Bullitt County Fair will provide some exotic animals during its annual run June 13-18.

  •  For many, Memorial Day represents the unofficial beginning of summer, marking the onset of barbecues, parties and water sports. With that in mind, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reminds the public to continue to follow guidelines for food, outdoor and water safety.

  •  A list of hot topics provided by the Better Business Bureau for the month of June. For more information go to www.bbb.org.

  •  Each summer, Bullitt Countians have an opportunity to show their kindness toward youngsters who might have special needs.

  •  Tornadoes have wreaked havoc across the country. Thousands have lost their homes and all of their belongings. Others have lost their loved ones.

     

    “When disaster strikes, scam artists come out of the woodwork,” says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, VP/Communications for the BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky. “Scam artists show up and pose as char­i­ties, seeking donations from people who are anx­ious to help.”

     

  •  In the midst of graduation parties and holiday trips, this Monday presents us an opportunity once again to remember those who have fought for this country and given their service, and sometimes, their lives.