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Opinion

  •     When contestants in the Miss USA pageant walks across the stage, Bullitt County will have a representative.

        Kindra Clark, a Bullitt East graduate and resident of Mount Washington, will be representing Kentucky in quest of earning the title of Miss USA.

        No matter where she places in the pageant, Clark is a winner. The 2009 Miss Bullitt County Fair queen has been busy attending various functions and representing her county and state very well.

  •     “Mr. Speaker, I would move you sir that ...we adjourn sine die, until the first Tuesday following the first Monday of the Year of Our Lord 2011, unless called into extraordinary session by the Governor of the Commonwealth.”

        FRANKFORT - Sine die is Latin. It means ‘without a day.’ In session-speak, it means the end.

  •     Loved ones who plan to send flowers for Mother’s Day should beware of “petal pushers.”

        These unscrupulous florists place bogus listings in local phone directories.

        When you call the local number listed, or given to you by the operator, you’re unknowingly forwarded to an out-of-town telemarketing company.

        The telemarketer takes your order and credit card information, and then forwards your order to an area florist.

  •     Child abuse is terrifying, sad, and senseless!

        I believe no one wakes up in the morning and says “Today I am going to hurt my child.”

        Unfortunately, child abuse occurs anyway.

        A definition for child abuse is an injury or pattern of injuries that is not an accident.

        Child abuse includes non-accidental physical harm, abandonment, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse.

  •     FRANKFORT - When the Kentucky House of Representatives adopted its two-year budget several weeks ago, my colleagues and I had three main priorities: Streamline government; protect education and our most vulnerable citizens; and kick-start our economy.

  • The Internal Revenue Service wants to remind taxpayers to pay all taxes due by the April 15 deadline to avoid interest and failure-to-pay penalties.

    Filing and Paying on Time Saves Money

    If you have a balance due and do not pay by April 15, you are subject to a failure-to-pay penalty. If you cannot complete your return and file it by April 15, you may request an extension of time to file. However, an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay.

  •     Riders in Bullitt County have become accustomed to the luxury of having mass transportation to and from downtown Louisville each day.

        TARC has provided service for over 20 years to Bullitt Countians who Park and Tarc in Mount Washington and Shepherdsville.

        The one bus was then replaced by a second bus and now three buses make the route.

        In the future, there may be no TARC service.

  • Better Business Bureau is warning business to beware of a new malicious e-mail that pretends to be from BBB about a complaint filed against the company.

     

    Several businesses in the Louisville area, and across the US - including law firms, advertising agencies and architecture firms - have reported receiving a suspicious e-mail from the address seatac@bbb.org with the subject line “BBB Complaint Case #” followed by a nine-digit number. BBB Accredited and non-Accredited businesses have been targeted.

     

  •     April is Financial Literacy Month and Better Business Bureau and Capital One Financial Corp. have partnered to create a unique set of free resources to help consumers learn how to effectively manage credit.

  • It’s amazing how much could take place in a week.

    The first week of April has been a full one. Good or bad, it’s been completely full.

    I don’t seem to ever recall Holy Thursday taking place on April Fool’s Day. It worked out, because by the end of the day I prayed no one got hurt.

    Between office workers calling the Louisville Zoo asking for Mr. Behr and the phone receivers being disconnected, The Pioneer News staff really enjoyed themselves.

  •     NICHOLS - Recently, many Bullitt County Public Schools celebrated Read Across America Week, an event established to encourage reading.

        Read Across America Week is celebrated in conjunction with the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Many schools host events in which students (and teachers) dress as their favorite Seussian character.

        This year Nichols Elementary celebrated by inviting various community dignitaries to the school. The dignitaries read to and discussed reading with students.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - All we needed a couple of weeks ago was Olivia Newton-John singing “Let’s Get Physical” and the political season would have been officially open.

        The Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce hosted a members-only forum featuring the five candidates for judge/executive.

        Of those in attendance, some got what they expected and others may have gotten a little more than they cared to hear.

  • APRIL 2010

    MONTH:

    African-American Women's Fitness

    Alcohol Awareness

    Autism Awareness

    Cancer Control

    Car Care

    Card and Letter Writing

    Celebrate Diversity

    Cesarean Awareness

    Child Abuse Prevention

    Community Spirit Days

    Counseling Awareness

    Couple Appreciation

    Customer Loyalty

    Decorating

    Donate Life

    Emotional Overeating Awareness

    Facial Protection

    Foot Health Awareness

    Fresh Florida Tomato

    Frog

  • The Better Business Bureau has warned consumers for years about talent search firms whose primary goal is to collect money from would-be models, singers or movie stars.  Some talent search businesses are mostly interested in taking financial advantage of the ambitions of people seeking to become a star, and not-so-much interested in identifying talent or advancing the career of the people who audition or try out.

     

  • No matter the ultimate decision on the proposed partnership between the Bullitt County YMCA and the Bullitt County parks and recreation department, great strides have already been made.

    First, a cooperative effort will ensure that the Bullitt Central swimming pool will open on time this spring.

  •     FRANKFORT - After seven weeks of grinding effort, scouring state government for savings, casting a wide net to find more revenue without raising taxes - and under the gun of writing a state budget footer-to-roof beam in limited time - the House this week passed its version of a two-year spending plan for state government.

        The climax came on a near-party-line vote of 65-33 Wednesday after three hours of lively, sometimes contentious, floor debate.