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Opinion

  • BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU HOT TOPICS - SEPTEMBER 2010

    1. The Grandparent Scam preys on the emotions of seniors who believe a grandchild is in trouble. A local grandparent lost $12,000 when scam artists contacted her, posing as her grandchild in distress seeking money for a supposed arrest in Haiti. If faced with such a call, indicating an emergency situation, BBB advises seniors to verify the identity of the individual, check-out the story with other family members, and be wary of any requests to wire money.

  •     With three forums down and another to go, those advocating a smoking ban in public places in Bullitt County has heard a lot of opinions.

        Some are supportive of the ban in places such as restaurants and bars.

        Others aren’t quite as supportive.

        The final forum will be on Nov. 4 at the Bullitt County Health Department.

        The key is to get your voices out - no matter your side of the argument.

  • SEPTEMBER 2010

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    MONTH:

    Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery

    All-American Breakfast/Better Breakfast

    America on the Move

    Atrial Fibrillation Awareness

    Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

    Baby Safety

    Backpack Safety America

    Be Kind to Editors and Writers

    Biscuit

    Chicken

    Childhood Cancer Awareness

    Children's Good Manners

    Cholesterol Education

    College Savings

    Coupon

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  • WAUNAKEE, Wis. - For years, drivers from every U.S. state and Canadian province have reported speed trap locations to the National Motorists Association's National Speed Trap Exchange. As families squeeze in vacation time together this Labor Day weekend, before the school year begins in full swing, the roadways will be a very busy place for travelers.

  • On Aug. 11 my editor, fellow staff writer and I visited most of Bullitt County’s 23 public schools for the first day of the new school year.

    Most of the schools I cover are in the east end so I started my first-first day of school as the newest reporter with The Pioneer News at Bullitt East taking pictures of students, faculty and staff before the bell rang.

    As I wandered the crowded front lobby searching for the perfect photo opportunities, I found myself looking back on the time I spent at BE as a student not so long ago.

  • Throw out the statistics.

    Throw out the logic.

    It’s time for a good, old fashioned debate just about election time.

    A study conducted by the University of Kentucky shows that second-hand smoke is quite prevalent in public places in Bullitt County.

    Probably no big shock.

    However, when communities get upset when government leaders save them money by hiring a single sanitation contractor, what would be the reaction if they imposed a smoking ban in restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues?

    We are about to find out.

  •     Recent numbers of dead fish found in the Salt River have become a barracuda of a problem during an important election year.

        Kentucky Fish and Wildlife representatives said the cause of the fish deaths was a result of natural causes based on weather conditions.

        The majority of the fish affected were Asian carp and paddlefish.

        Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts declared “a day of mourning for the paddlefish, followed by a night of evening.”

  •     In reflecting upon the editor’s suggestion of forming the WE Party, I thought about our past political leaders and their political party affiliations. If I could guide the founding of the party of WE I would want it to embody the spirit of a Jefferson Democrat and a Lincoln Republican; a Teddy Roosevelt Republican and an FDR Democrat; an Eisenhower Republican and a JFK Democrat.

  •     The media hates executive sessions, a nice way of saying our government leaders are hid away behind closed doors.

        Of course, the media isn’t pleased in judicial settings when judges and attorneys talk at the bench and we can’t hear them.

        But, journalists are resigned to the fact that under certain specific situations, elected officials have the right to discuss things as a group in private.

  •     In the “education industry,” we have begun to hear a great deal about preparing students for the future and equipping every student with 21st Century Skills.

        There has long been a great debate among educational philosophers about exactly what to teach, and how it should be taught.

  •     The school year is upon us. Whether your child or grandchild is in the public or private sector, classes will be beginning in the next few weeks.

        At no time in our history are we asking more of our teachers, our administrators and our students. We are also asking more of our parents and guardians.

        As the country shifts from manufacturing to service to technology, our educational system has had to change. We all know that change is not easy.

  •     Have you ever heard anyone say, “I love to raise taxes”?

        Probably not.

        The Bullitt County Public School Board members were faced with an interesting dilemma the other night.

        Do they increase the real property tax rate by 0 percent, 2 percent or 4 percent?

        After the motion to take the middle road failed, members were faced with either receive no additional revenue for the next year or take in about $1.5 million.