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Opinion

  •     FRANKFORT - Last week in Frankfort, the Senate passed bills that strengthens the ethical restrictions placed on government officials, restricts a dangerous drug growing in use across the nation, and outlines the proper way for the state to classify local schools that need renovation.

        We also passed bills honoring our veterans and kept a close eye on the progress of the state budget in the House.

  • Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act in May 2009.

    While some of the changes became effective last fall, the majority started February 22, 2010, with others not effective until August 2010.

    The new credit card law addresses interest rate increases, penalties, and fees.

    For more information on the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, read the

    The new credit card law will implement the following changes:

  • FRANKFORTee"After nearly two months of work, and in the face of a $1.2 billion deficit, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted this past week for a two-year budget that streamlines state government while investing in the Commonwealth.

    Legislators have known for months that the budget would be difficult to write, given the nation’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

  •     Could the Bullitt County Parks pool next to Bullitt Central been repaired and open last summer?

        Maybe not.

        Having to make upgrades on its filtration system to meet federal safety standards and facing a large leak to fix, it may not have been possible to open the third of the county’s four pools.

  •     Every day, Bullitt County Environmental Health professionals (Registered Sanitarians) are on the job ensuring our Bullitt County is a safe place.

        This unique group of professionals help ensure the safety of restaurants, grocery stores, supermarkets, food production facilities, schools, hotels, motels, mobile home parks, public swimming pools, tattoo studios, and other health programs such as lead based paint, septic systems, radon, milk, water, quality assurance, animal rabies,  methamphetamine labs, and many more.

  •     Many people think that H1N1 is behind us, but the Bullitt County Health Department would like to remind residents, that is not true. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), no states reported widespread influenza activity.

  •     FRANKFORT - Writing an $18-billion state budget isn’t much different from writing a $50,000 household budget. First you get your bucks in a row. Then you decide how to spend them.

        It’s simple. But never as easy as it sounds. Never when money’s way short. And never in a grinding recession.

  • It’s time to start working on your taxes! If you plan to hire someone to do your taxes this year, BBB recommends you choose a preparer wisely. Tax payers are ultimately responsible for everything on their return, even if it is prepared by someone else.

    Reputable tax preparers will ask tax payers several questions to determine whether expenses, deductions and other items qualify and remind clients that they need to keep careful and complete records in order to substantiate information on their tax return.

  •     Even before the gas price hikes a couple of years ago, Bullitt Countians had grown accustomed to parking their vehicles in Mount Washington and Shepherdsville and catching the TARC bus into downtown Louisville.

        The route became so popular that a third bus was placed on the  route.

        However, as gas prices have settled and budgetary woes have increased, TARC board members have a difficult decision.

  •     There was a wonderful exchange of ideas on Thursday evening during the first of the quarterly night-time forums hosted by Bullitt Fiscal Court.

        While it would have been nice to have more general discussion, the topic of the night was quite clear - the proposed YMCA merger with the Bullitt County Parks and Recreation.

        No action has been taken and there is no clear indication if any action would ever be taken.

        However, the plan, though vague, is an interesting proposition.

  •     FRANKFORT – When it comes to education, few days in recent years could rival last Thursday, when the state learned in the morning that it is a “Race to the Top” finalist and the Kentucky House voted overwhelmingly that afternoon to begin raising the high school drop-out age from 16 to 18.

  • BBB Hot Topics - March 2010

     

    Consumer Protection Week begins March 7th - BBB is a proud supporter of this nationwide effort to educate the public on how to become savvier consumers. Hundreds of national and local organizations will work together to educate consumers on the importance of taking control of their personal finances. Look for your BBB at various local events.

     

  •     With so many innovative things happening in education, one item that really hasn’t been altered in years is the calendar.

        No matter what calendar is finally agreed upon, there will be those who are unhappy.

        As the push to get more instructional days into the calendar before state testing is done in the spring, maybe it is time to at least start discussions on some type of alternative calendar.

  • MARCH 2010

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    MONTH:

    Brain Injury Awareness

    Caffeine Awareness

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness

    Clean Up Your IRS Act

    Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    Craft

    Credit Education

    Employee Spirit

    Endometriosis Awareness

    Ethics Awareness

    Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering

    Eye Donor

    Frozen Food

    Honor Society Awareness

    Humorists Are Artists (HAAM)

    International Ideas

  • FRANKFORT - Over the past week in Frankfort, the Senate continued its work in many areas of government policy as we passed legislation dealing with jails, health care, and education.

    We also continued to keep a close eye on the budget plan being worked on in the House of Representatives.

    We passed House Bill 231, which creates a second level of psychiatric residential treatment facility licensure in Kentucky.