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Opinion

  •     Since this is being written several hours before the polls are closed, why not look back at some of the events of the past several months on the campaign trail.

        And since I don’t know the outcome, some of the things I may think are weird, could actually turn out to be productive for a particular candidate.

        With time ticking down until the polls close, let us get begin.

        First, has there ever been such a quiet election season, especially during a countywide election?

  •     FRANKFORT - With a press conference and a plan, Gov. Steve Beshear told lawmakers Wednesday to prepare for a special legislative session May 24 to quickly resolve the budget stalemate that has threatened to shut down much of state government this summer.

        The governor revealed a compromise 2011-12 spending plan prepared by his administration in recent weeks.

  •     Some work-at-home scam artists are attempting to pass themselves off as Delta Airlines. A local consumer contacted the BBB about a letter she received in the mail that looked to be from the airline. The letter offered her a chance to participate in a paid Consumer Research Program as a mystery shopper.

     

  •     Late last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began mailing more than 34,000 checks to consumers who lost money in cross-border fraud schemes involving payments made via wire through MoneyGram International, Inc.

  • High school students and their parents are often concerned about upcoming college expenses. The Better Business Bureau urges students and parents to be cautious regarding offers from scholarship services and organizations that require upfront fees to apply for or search for scholarships.

     

  •     As a parent there are so many risks from which we try to protect our teens.  Alcohol use is one of those risks that can be hard to understand.

        There has been a good deal of study on this issue and there are several risks.  Aside from the fact that underage drinking is illegal, it poses a high risk to both the individual and society. 

        *Drinking and Driving-Most parents know that automobile crashes are the leading cause of death among youth ages 15 to 20.

  • BBB Hot Topics May 2010

    Flood Repairs - Property owners in need of repairs after the recent floods should carefully check out companies before hiring them. A home repair rip-off artist may overcharge, perform shoddy work, or skip town without finishing your job. BBB Tips: Deal with licensed and insured contractors only, take your time signing a contract, resist hiring a contractor who asks you to pay for the entire job up front, and check with the BBB to see if complaints have been filed against the contractor.

  •     Governor Beshear has designated May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Kentucky.

        Warm weather is finally here and the motorcycles are once again sharing the highways with you.

        You may not know but the greatest hazard a motorcyclist meets is the drivers of other vehicles.

        Seventy-five percent of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle such as a car or truck.

        Many drivers claim they did not see the motorcycle.

  • MAY 2010

    MONTH:

    American Stroke

    Arthiritis Awareness

    Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

    Asthma and Allergy Awareness

    Awareness of Medical Orphans

    Barbecue

    Better Hearing and Speech

    Better Sleep

    Bike

    Cancer Research

    Celiac Disease Awareness

    Clean Air

    Correct Posture

    Creative Beginnings

    Ecodriving

    Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness

    Egg

    Family Wellness

  • BBB is urging property owners in need of repairs and clean-up to carefully check out companies before hiring them after heavy rain made its mark on the area this weekend.

    BBB warns, be aware of those who may take advantage of your situation: The home repair rip-off artist, who may overcharge, perform shoddy work, or skip town without finishing your job. BBB suggests homeowners call or go to the BBB’s website, www.bbb.org, to check out contractors before hiring them.

  •     There is one guarantee in Bullitt County - officials will hammer out a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, no matter the differences.

        Unlike our folks in Frankfort, there won’t be a power struggle at the top of the food chain. An agreement will be  worked out locally.

        Of course, there will be an agreement worked out in Frankfort. It might just cost the people of Kentucky $64,000 a day until it gets done.

  •     When you are young, the only thing that matters in the paycheck is the bottom line.

        As you get a little older, benefits such as insurance, retirement and savings means a little more.

        When the state of Kentucky began making local governments decide whether to place eligible employees in the hazardous duty retirement program, it gave officials options they really didn’t need to have.

  •     Many may feel that filling out the Census information every 10 years is a waste of time.

        It isn’t.

        In fact, it is more important than most people realize.

        And plus, the federal government just spent $85 million sending out letters recently telling you that Census information is coming your way.

        Make that investment count by filling out the information forms as accurately as possible.

  • “She is a ‘ministering angel’ without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor, every poor fellow’s face softens with gratitude at the sight of her.

    When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds.” (cited in, The Life of Florence Nightingale by E.T. Cook (1913) Vol 1, p 237)

  •     The re-creation of the Bullitt County Parks and Recreation board got off to a very positive start on Monday.

        The reason wasn’t the decisions made but because there was an exchange of dialogue from various interests.

        The decision to make a proposal to fiscal court on Tuesday for the YMCA to have a management agreement to operate the three swimming pools this summer was a correct one.

  •     The time has almost arrived.

        The last signs have been posted. The commercials and advertisements are coming to an end.

        The time has come to quite complaining and start taking action.

        Election day is on Tuesday, May 18. That’s from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Plenty of time to cast a ballot.

        In Bullitt County, there are many important races on the ballot. In fact, every race is important.