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Opinion

  •  FRANKFORT - As Kentuckians generously open their pocketbooks and wallets for those in need of a helping hand this holiday season, Attorney General Jack Conway wants to make sure your charitable donations do not end up in the hands of scam artists.

  •  The 700-plus customers of the Hunters Hollow sewer treatment system in northern Bullitt County better have some pretty broad shoulders.

    Since late March, the treatment facility off East Blue Lick Road has been operational only due to the use of a temporary system.

    A major collapse of the system has caused for Bullitt Utilities to do some thinking about its future.

    Do you rebuild the existing plant?

    Do you try to contract with another entity to take over the crippled system?

    Do you just run away as quickly as you can?

  •  As the hype surrounding the adventures of the Southeast Bullitt Fire District continues to swirl, do not let us lose focus of the prize.

    The real concern for years has been the spending of the funds. That spending could be legal. It might be illegal.

    The purchases may be ill-advised. But they might not be illegal.

  •  See the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s December 2014 Hot Topics!

    1.    Local consumers are complaining to BBB that they are getting harassed by scammers who are calling, posing as IRS Employees. The scammers say the consumer owes on taxes, and will be arrested if they don’t pay immediately. They are trying to get personal/payment information.

  •  Report cards have been around for as long as schools. 

    Many of us still have our old report cards tucked away in a box somewhere and once in a while, we’ll see one dating back many decades and wonder how that child turned out. 

    As interesting as they may be in a historical sense and as a tool to bring forth old memories of a particular teacher or period of time, today’s report card is much more than an assignment of percentages mastered in a particular content area.

  •  Quite honestly, we thought our unprecedented move last Wednesday to ask Southeast Bullitt fire chief Julius Hatfield to resign would be a bit anticlimatic.

    With a meeting planned of the private fire department board after our holiday deadlines last Tuesday, our thought was that by the time the paper came out, Hatfield would have announced the previous night that he was stepping down in light of the recent events which cast shame upon the image of Bullitt County.

  •  The following was drafted and approved by the mayors of Shepherdsville, Mount Washington, Hebron Estates, Hunters Hollow, Pioneer Village and Lebanon Junction, as well as the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority and the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission in asking that Julius Hatfield resign as fire chief of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department:

    Julius Hatfield is only one man and he does not represent the sentiments of our community. 

  •  It is that time each year that we take a few moments to give thanks.

    No matter our situation, there should always be an opportunity to thank others for what we have in life.

    Sometimes, we don’t have everything that we want. Others may not even have everything that we need.

    While the millions of dollars spent on elections could be put to better uses, that is not reality.

    Instead, we help others when we can without the need for any praise or publicity.

    We help ourselves as much as possible.

  •  Are you counting down the days and hours until Black Friday shopping? It’s time to start planning! Remember, all deals are not created equal and the fine print is often the most important thing! Before you head out the door, and get caught up in the frenzy, BBB offers these tips:

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 24, 2014) – Leaving food on the stove to cook unattended is a recipe for disaster, says Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

    "Being aware of fire safety while preparing your holiday meal can mean the difference between calling family and friends to the dinner table or calling the fire department to put out a fire," said Swope.

  •  The holiday travel season is upon us! Better Business Bureau has some tips on how to make your holiday travel a little brighter.

    Do Your Research. If you are driving, before you hit the road, find alternative routes in case of traffic delays. Also, travel with GPS.

  •  How much does a school system need to do a great job providing opportunities for all our kids?

    That is a very difficult question and I’m sure there are a wide variety of answers crossing thousands of minds as this is being read.

    Part of your thought process depends on whether or not you have kids in the schools, if you ever had kids in public schools, how you liked school yourself, and even your own level of education and employment. 

  •  Freezing weather predicted over the next few days is a good reminder to prepare for winter.

    Frozen pipes are the second most common cause of home insurance claims in the U.S. according to the Insurance Information Institute. Pipes that are either inadequately insulated or exposed to outside temperatures can freeze, rupture, and cause costly damage.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. began the “Subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that provides heating assistance to eligible households on November 3rd, 2014.

    The significant cost of energy to heat homes leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!

  •  Pregnancy can increase the risk for complications from influenza (flu), such as pneumonia, making it even more important for expectant mothers to get a flu vaccination.

  •   The time has come to either extinguish the fire or to bring on the heat.

    For years, people have questioned the arrangement at Southeast Bullitt Fire and Rescue and its corporation. And, for years, the district continues to field  from the community.

    Now, questions railed by commissioner Dan Thibideaux made it to Bullitt Fiscal Court and then on the county’s You Tube account.

    The allegations, which have all been refuted by the district’s attorney, seem very serious.

  •  FRANKFORT – Modern gun season for deer opens this Saturday, Nov. 8. Outdoors enthusiasts who witness any illegal hunting activity are encouraged to report it to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

    “If people have any complaints or see any violations such as trespass or poaching, they are encouraged to call 1-800-25ALERT (1-800-252-5378),” said Hank Patton, director of law enforcement for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

  •  Scam artists are targeting veterans, those who serve, and people’s patriotism on this Veterans Day. Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky warns of these common Veterans scams:

    ·        Posing as the Veterans Administration and contacting vets to say they need to update their credit card, bank or other financial records with the VA;

  •  See the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s November 2014 Hot Topics!

    1. Receive a text from The Credit Union Center with an ALERT that your VISA/Debit Card has been temporarily frozen? Delete it! It is a SCAM! The text advises you to call a number, then you are told if you want to reactivate your card, you need to enter your 16 digit credit card number.

  •  The lasted round of assessment results have been reported.

    They are publicly available on the Kentucky Department of Education website and you can look at overall district scores as well as those of individual schools.

    You can look at data collected on students’ performance in all core curriculum areas.

    You can find program reviews related to writing, arts and humanities, practical living and career studies, and the primary program.