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Opinion

  •  There’s nothing like a massive sinkhole opening up and swallowing eight prized sports cars at the National Corvette Museum to increase ticket sales. Attendance at the Bowling Green attraction is up by as much as 70 percent during some recent months compared to a year ago.

    And, there’s nothing like a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court on issues even remotely related to smoking bans to stir the passions of a commonwealth raised on tobacco.

  •  I have called Bullitt County home for nearly two decades and in that time, I have been privileged to witness a great deal of growth and progress in this community.

    Our student population has grown a little over 30 percent over that 20 year period to right at 13,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grades. 

    This kind of growth presents a lot of opportunities.  With more students, we can offer more varied and individualized programs tailored to specific interests and abilities. 

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the Fourth of July falling on a Friday this year, Kentucky’s lakes and rivers will be teeming with boaters enjoying the long holiday weekend.

    Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources want it to be a fun and safe experience for everyone.

  •  County government is not an endless coffer to fund worthy organizations.

    But that doesn’t mean there might not be a way to properly, and fairly, distribute funds.

    The past two county attorneys have been very clear in their interpretation of the law - tax dollars can not simply be given out to groups as a donation.

    Any such appropriation of funds must be accompanied by a contract or agreement stating what services of value will be provided to the county in exchange for the contribution.

  •  It is like studying for a final exam. You knew the date months ago when you received the syllabus from the teacher. 

    Yet, you procrastinate.

    Procrastination is pretty common. Writers do it all the time.

    However, when you are an elected official who is in charge of the taxpayers’ purse strings, procrastination can be an ugly thing. 

    More than anything, it can be very unpredictable.

  •  In the summer months, scammers take advantage of the good weather to stalk neighborhoods. Going door-to-door with different scams to steal personal information and money.

    Some sales people may be trustworthy, working for legitimate companies or are “one-man-bands” selling their services for honest summer maintenance work. But there are also scammers out there “posing” as these honest sales people.

  •  Headed on a summer vacation? Whether to the beach, on a cruise, or something closer to home, the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) encourages travelers to use caution when making plans, booking hotels, and navigating unfamiliar destinations. Taking the right precautions ahead of time could save you time and money!

    BBB warns there are many potential scams during the vacation planning process and the trip itself.

    Planning:

  •  Margie Reece throws out the first pitch at the regional baseball game between North Bullitt and DeSales.

    Reece is retiring as assistant principal at the school and will become the new principal at St. Anthanasius School in Jefferson County.

    She was a major supporter of the sports teams at NB.


  •  Some casual observations about the recent occurrence we call the spring primary election:

    *First - thanks to all those who stuck your necks, and pocketbooks, out to run for office.

    It takes a major commitment of time and energy to run for any political office, no matter the size.

    As you can see, candidates are not always popular.

    Things will be said and allegations made.

    That type of advertising is not reserved only for the state and national races.

    Once again, thanks to all who ran for office.

  •  It is sometimes hard to communicate the importance of one thing without discounting the importance of another thing. 

    For that reason, I am going to state right up front what I want you to understand when you finish this column (call it a learning target): Increasing the percentage of Bullitt County citizens who have a bachelor’s degree is important AND pursuing a bachelor’s degree is not the only way to be successful, smart, or happy.

  •  The time has arrived.

    In less than one week, you will have an opportunity to exercise one of your most sacred rights -- the chance to go to the ballot box.

    Despite the mud...

    Despite the really awful stuff that is spread in the social media, including Topix and Facebook...

    Despite the hard feelings that are caused...

    We continue to say that America has the best system of democracy in the world.

  •  Mother’s Day is right around the corner! If you are ordering flowers, beware of petal pushers!  Unscrupulous florists will place fake listings in local phone directories, and when you call you are unknowingly forwarded to an out-of-town telemarketing company. The telemarketer takes your credit card information and forwards your order to an area florist. The telemarketer takes a processing fee, and a percentage of the total order. Later, you realize you were charged more than you had planned, and the flowers are not as ordered – if delivered at all!

  •  Bullitt County gets the fair and festival started this weekend with the annual Mount Washington Spring Festival.

    Thanks to the work of the Mount Washington Lions and Lioness clubs, the spring festival has been a fixture in the community for decades.

    There will be the normal things like booths and food on Friday and Saturday.

    There will be a car show and rides. The professional wrestlers will be grappling once again.

    This year adds a special gospel music celebration on Saturday evening.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s April 2014 Hot Topics!

    1.    BBB is receiving calls about Free Government Grants! Scammers offer government money because a person pays bills on time, is a good citizen, or was picked in a random drawing. To receive the grant, the person must send fees via prepaid card or a wire transfer. There is no grant!

  •   Over the course of this week, thousands of visitors will be in the Bullitt County area as Kentucky Derby festivities are held.

    Some will be stopping off to get some of that expensive Kentucky gasoline. Others will be staying in local hotels.

    Some may be eating at our local restaurants and others may be doing a little shopping.

    Or maybe partake in some Kart Kountry go-kart racing.

    Some may stop down at Jim Beam Distillery and take a tour and visit the Stillhouse, especially for Friday’s pre-Derby festivities.

  •  The “Run for the Roses” is right around the corner! And, the race is on to get those last-minute Kentucky Derby tickets!

    BBB is warning those of you who want to attend the Kentucky Derby to beware of scam artists trying to fool you into buying fake Derby tickets!

  •   Bullitt County is scheduled to “go live” with the court system’s new Accounts Receivable Program on May 1, 2014.  There are currently 27 other Kentucky counties which have made the transition.  

    As it exists now, the accounting system is an antiquated system of hundreds of old-fashioned ledger cards. 

    Information regarding payments must be manually entered into the system where the court records are kept but there is no communication between that program and the bookkeeping program. 

  •  In one sense, it seems like school just began yesterday, but in another way, it feels as if it has gone on a very long time.  Rather than waiting for the end of the year to recap, since so much has happened, this month I’ll devote to a little review.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s April 2014 Hot Topics!

  •  FRANKFORT – This past week was the final full week of the 2014 Regular Session, leaving only a few days remaining until this year’s 60-day session comes to a close.

    Most activity this past week in the Capitol centered around talks between House and Senate leadership to hopefully reach a compromise on a new two-year budget for the Commonwealth, and a road plan of projects in Kentucky for the next six years.