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Opinion

  •  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.

  •  Instead of calling it a case of biting the hand that feeds you, lets say it is a case of biting the group that has helped you.

  •     It’s new.

        It’s improved.

        It’s ready to go.

        On Sunday, The Pioneer News unveiled its remodeled and retooled website, www.pioneernews.net

        The first thing you will see is that it is a clean website and it is easy to navigate. I really didn’t know what that meant but several people have already e-mailed me and expressed those comments.

  •     The generosity of the community can be seen throughout the year in Bullitt County.

  •  According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, gift cards will be the most requested gift for the 2010 holiday season. According to market research company TowerGroup, gift cards are an $87 billion industry.

  •  FRANKFORT - Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) are warning Kentucky food establishments of a nationwide telephone scam targeting restaurants. 

  •  Kentucky Division of Water offers cold weather water pipe protection tips: Prevent pipes from freezing, bursting

  •  It was a wonderful thing to hear that there could be a settlement between the city of Shepherdsville and the Southeast Bullitt Fire District.

  •  It’s not scientific. It’s not binding.

  •      Nothing we say today is any different than it was three years ago.

  •     Next Tuesday is what democracy is all about.

        You have the opportunity to make your voice heard on how you would like your local and federal government to be driven for the next few years.

        There is much discussion about how many people are disenchanted with government. This is nothing new.