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Opinion

  •     Summer time signals the start of the vacation season.

        Whether you are planning a day trip, a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, you can travel “green” by following some simple environmentally friendly traveling tips.

    1.     Before you go, unplug unnecessary appliances such as TVs, DVD players, coffee pots and microwaves.  These items use energy even when they are turned off.  Adjust your thermostat and water heater setting to conserve energy.

  •     Thanks should go to Jim Boswell and the crew he assembled over the past 19 years with the Bullitt County Adult and Community Education program.

        Boswell retired last Wednesday and the program has kind of been divided up among various agencies. The Bullitt County Public School System is gearing its energies in K-12 and Jefferson Community and Technical College will take over the adult education phase of the program.

  • BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU HOT TOPICS: July 2010

        1: Beware of any job postings that lead you to the website jobnab.com. Local papers have recently ran classified ads that lead to the website. The site contacts job seekers via email or text message about seeing their resume online and guarantees a job after registering. A job offer never materializes but identity theft often occurs. Be careful giving out your personal information!

     

  •     On Thursday evening, Bullitt County will host its first tea party event. The featured speaker will be Dr. Rand Paul, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

        The setting will be at the front portion of the Shepherdsville First Street Park next to Buckman Street.

        The local Voices for Independence organization is hosting the event.

        The question is whether there will be a large crowd at the event. Our guess is that there will be a number of people present.

  •     As summer begins and temperatures rise, often so do the tempers of angry consumers who fall victim to summer door-to-door salesmen.  While many door-to-door salesmen are honest, every summer the Better Business Bureau receives troubling complaints from consumers who made purchases on their doorstep and were dissatisfied with the quality of product received, if they receive anything at all.

     

  • JULY 2010

    MONTH:

    Anti-Boredom

    Baked Bean

    Bereaved Parents Awareness

    Bioterrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness

    Black Family

    Blueberries

    Cell Phone Courtesy

    Child-Centered Divorce

    Doghouse Repairs

    Family Reunion

    Freedom From Fear of Speaking

    Grilling

    Hemochromatosis Screening and Awareness

    Herbal/Prescription Interaction Awareness

    Horseradish

    Hot Dog

    Ice Cream

    International Blondie and Deborah Harry

  •     In the wake of any disaster, many reach for their checkbooks and donate money to organizations. But, with any disaster are a slew of scams. In the wake of the oil spill, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance cautions consumers to beware that scammers will use e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, flyers, mailings, and telephone calls to make contact and solicit money. Some will claim they are raising money for environmental causes or they may offer fraudulent services like remediation services related to the oil spill.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE – The jokers were running wild during another recent Bullitt Fiscal Court meeting fiasco.

        Capitalizing on popular news events of the day, combined with upcoming elections, officials were playing for every vote possible.

        Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts began dealing out the likelihood of Bullitt County officially campaigning to host the next FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament.

  •     The work done last week by the Kentucky Changers should be commended.

        Volunteers from across the state came into the county to assist in making needed repairs on homes in which the owner couldn’t make those improvements.

        Throughout this country, volunteers put in endless hours to help others. Often, those works go unnoticed.

        We appreciate the work done by the Kentucky Changers and the organizational efforts performed by Bullitt County native Joe Ball.

  •     I recently had the displeasure of learning a valuable lesson first hand - politics can get very ugly.

        While covering a special meeting of Bullitt Fiscal Court I watched a hand full of county officials let their personal feelings get in the way of the people’s business as they bickered over issues that should’ve been discussed and resolved behind closed doors.

  • After a long, hot week at the Bullitt County Fair, we take a few moments to thanks those who volunteer their time to make this happen.

    Despite the hot weather, attendance at the county fair was the third highest in history.

    The fair board members put in unbelievable hours during the actual event - in addition to their regular jobs.

    The inmates at the Bullitt County Detention Center also put in hundreds of hours to help set up and take down the fair. Plus, each day, they were brought there to clean up the facilities.

  •     The conspiracy theory is still looming in local political circles.

        But through a recanvass and a recount on one precinct, the results of the Bullitt County primary election have not changed.

        Of course, that isn’t to mean that there are some concerns in the community, especially with those who remain suspect of the entire system.

        For the past several elections, Bullitt County has garnered focus, including filming of the tabulations in the clerk’s office.

  • The title of Miss Bullitt County Fair is something some young ladies will seek a number of years.

    In your home county, it is a prestigious title for those who seek the pageant sash and tiara.

    For Kindra Clark, the Mount Washington resident has taken the time and done wonderful things in her year with the crown. Capturing the Miss Kentucky USA title allowed her to compete nationally.

  • Well I have officially completed my anniversary of Firsts.

    First Fathers Day, Birthday, July Fourth, Thanksgiving, Christmas...just to name a few.

    See, my Daddy passed away June 7, 2009 and this year of firsts is always the hardest, so I am told.

    I always said I could never imagine my life without my Dad and Mom. However that stark reality hit home last April when Dad started exhibiting strange behaviors.

  • FRANKFORT - Just in time for the vacation travel season the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched an enhanced traffic information website with a number of new features.

    The new site, at the same Web address of 511.ky.gov, operates on a Google Maps-based system, which will be familiar to many users.

    “Our enhanced 511 reflects an effort to provide more tools to the traveling public but also to make our information more meaningful,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock.

  •     FRANKFORT - In a spirit of compromise that followed weeks of debate, the House and Senate came together recently to vote for a two-year budget that has the twin goals of living within our means while preserving classroom funding and other critical services.

        Unfortunately, I could not vote for the Executive Branch budget.  I felt that too many “good things” were cut from the budget that would have helped Bullitt County and our state.  However, I did vote for the operation budget for the state’s road plan.