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Opinion

  •     In these tough economic times, any good news is gratifying for a community.

        In recent months, Kentucky has proven to be quite successful in a variety of announcements relating to new businesses coming to the Commonwealth or existing businesses expanding their facilities.

        Not to be left out, Shepherdsville and Bullitt County picked up a nice, new addition to its distribution roll.

  • FRANKFORT - As the clock tick-tocked on a session still without a formal budget proposal, the General Assembly this week stared down the barrel of what one leader called its ‘defining moment,’ moving ahead with what another leader called its greatest challenge since at least 1990.

  • Motorists in most of the country face severe weather conditions for at least part of the winter.

    The thought of a breakdown, an engine not starting or otherwise being stranded is stressful as it is, but those things happening in freezing winter weather add another level of threat.

    An investment of an hour or so to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and stress of a breakdown during harsh weather.

  • FRANKFORT ee" Not long after the governor gives the General Assembly a budget proposal to run state government for the next two years, the Transportation Cabinet offers its plan to maintain the state’s roads for the next six.

    The report my colleagues and I received last week foresees a difficult road ahead, so to speak.

    That’s not surprising, since vehicle and gasoline sales are down dramatically because of the economy and federal road aid has dropped substantially as well in recent years.

  • In the wake of the earthquake disaster in Haiti, Americans are donating via text message more than ever before. The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance advises donors that giving through text can be a safe and easy way to give - but you should still use caution.

     

    Within days following the disaster in Haiti, it was widely reported that more than $3 million was donated through text message to such organizations as the Red Cross and others.

     

  • BBB Lottery Scam - Scam artists are posing as the BBB in order to steal tens of thousands of dollars from victims who are led to believe they have won a lottery. Consumers are contacted on the phone or by e-mail by someone claiming to be an employee of the BBB. They were told that they won a lottery and that they must wire money to get their prize. In some cases, the scammers used the names of real BBB employees, directing victims to legitimate bios and profiles on BBB’s Website. BBB does NOT run a lottery nor award prizes to consumers.

  • FRANKFORT - Last week the Senate passed legislation designed to increase transparency across Kentucky government, open the primary election process to more voters, and aid crime victims in their efforts to recover stolen property.

    We passed Senate Bill 40 known as the “Taxpayer Transparency Act of 2010.”

    This important bill requires the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government to place their spending records into a searchable database available on the internet.

  • The late flurry of candidates has passed and now the primary fields are set for this May.

    Candidates have several months to let the people know what they are going to do for them in the various offices.

    Our hope is that Bullitt Countians will continue to be bombarded with the facts...not a stretch of the truth.

    We hope motorists will still be able to navigate the roads with clear vision...not clouded by political signs sitting on the edge of the asphalt.

  • As immediate relief needs are assessed in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many Americans are looking for ways to help by donating to a charity. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance warns that, as occurred following the tsunami in 2004 and Katrina in 2005, fraudulent charities will likely emerge to try and scam donations from well-meaning Americans.

  • FEBRUARY 2010

    MONTH:

    AMD/Low Vision Awareness

    American Heart

    Bake for Family Fun

    Bird Feeding

    Black/African American History

    Blah Buster

    Boost Self-Esteem

    Cancer Prevention

    Canned Food

    Care About Your Indoor Air

    Cherry

    Children's Dental Health

    Creative Romance

    Embroidery

    Expect Success

    February is Fabulous Florida Strawberry

    Get to Know an Independent Real Estate Broker

    Grapefruit

  • Nearly two weeks ago I submitted a two-year budget proposal that included a bold new way to help fund, on a recurring basis, shared priorities like education and jobs, a way that eschewed the tax increases and destructive cuts being espoused by some legislative leaders.

    As I had predicted, my proposal was met with a chorus of angry responses in some quarters, and the posturing and rhetoric was as stiff as it was unhelpful in moving the discussion forward.

    In fact, some legislators declared my budget “dead” even before they examined it.

  • Budgets must originate in the House of Representatives, so it’s our job to write a spending plan for the House to approve.

    It takes a lot of work, especially since we will need to make cuts this year and that is always difficult.

    But we will pass a budget and send it to the Senate.

  •     FRANKFORT – With an eye on giving our schools a better shot to compete for as much as $200 million in federal grants, the General Assembly unanimously approved legislation last week that should greatly increase our chances.

  • HILLVIEW - Just close your eyes and listen.

    There is no need to have any DNA or paternity tests.

    Just close your eyes and listen.

    There is no doubt that Dr. Praveen Arla is the son of Dr. Mohana Arla.

    And it’s not because of how they say it...it’s because of what they are saying.

    Praveen has recently joined his father’s medical practice in Hillview and Lebanon Junction. It’s a natural to enter a field he’s known his entire life.

    But the young doctor said he went into the field with his eyes wide open.

  • The Walmart gift card scam has apparently made its way to Kentucky.

    A local consumer contacted the BBB to inquire about a text message she received, advising her that she won a $200 Walmart gift card.

    When she called the number in the text message (877-232-5149) she was told that in Kentucky the gift card was for $180 and that she would need to pay $7.60 for shipping/handling fees.

  • To borrow an old sports clique, there have been times over the years that one may have attended a hockey game and a Shepherdsville City Council meeting broke out.

    When you have emotional topics such as alcohol sales and adult entertainment, the discussions can get quite heated.

    On Monday night, the issue of Sunday alcohol sales was on the agenda.

    With a packed crowd, 13 individuals chose to speak to the council.

    Each speaker did an excellent job presenting their points. And the audience listened to each one.

  •      FRANKFORT - The Senate is moving forward through the 2010 Regular Session as committee meetings are now in full swing and the Senate has begun debating bills concerning education and state government.

         Educating the next generation is one of the most important issues we address in the state legislature and an area in which the Senate has provided leadership in the past sessions.

  • Each year I prepare a questionnaire so that people can voice their opinions on matters that might come before the General Assembly. As previously reported, the number of responses this year was very high.

    I write the questions well in advance of the session to give time for mailing things out and to allow time for people to mail them back. This year I also suggested faxes or emails; a whole lot of folks took advantage of that.