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Opinion

  • The reasons are varied but the bottom line is that there might be fewer solicitors knocking on doors in several northern Bullitt County communities.

    And it poses an interesting dilemma for people who make a practice of soliciting door-to-door.

    The cities of Hillview, Hebron Estates and Fox Chase are in the midst of passing ordinances that would place some stiff standards on for-profit operations that like to knock on doors.

    The school groups, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other non-profit groups will be OK.

    Others may not be so lucky.

  • Our first coffee for this year is Saturday at the C & C Restaurant, just off Louisville Road across from Busy Bee.  We’ll be there at 10:00 and continue for an hour or so.  I’ll bring information on bills that have been filed, but we can talk about anything you’d like. These are great meetings, my chance for one-on-one with you. I’ve always encouraged you to call me at home or in Frankfort and I’m sincere about that.

    These Saturday gatherings might be even better. The coffee is free, and I hope to see you there.

  • It has been a tough year for many people in our community and in the nation. At no time has more help been needed for so many.

    Once again, the community has come forward during the holiday season.

    Throughout the next few weeks, you’ll see some of the pictures of those working to help others.

    From the 60-plus food baskets collected by the Bullitt Central JROTC  to the 300 baskets given out by the Shepherdsville Food Basket program to the 400 distributed by Operation Santa, this is a giving community.

  • WASHINGTON, DC ee" Today Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) joined the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau in a press conference to alert consumers to online deceptive marketing practices associated with free trials with a negative option feature.

    According to a Visa survey, 29 percent of American consumers have fallen victim to deceptive marketing when unscrupulous e-commerce merchants require them to cancel or opt-out of a recurring charge for future products or services.

  • BBB is alerting consumers to a holiday email scam that’s popping-up in consumers’ inboxes just in time for the holiday shopping season.

    The email appears to be a legitimate email from DHL Services, a parcel shipment company, but it actually contains an attachment that if opened, will infect your computer with a virus.

  • With double-digit unemployment rates in Kentucky, more Kentucky families are in need of a helping hand this holiday season. Attorney General Jack Conway asks that if you plan to give to a charity, give wisely.

    Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous or even fraudulent charities that prey on the generosity of Kentuckians.

  • There should be absolutely no reason not to have one of the fiscal court meetings each month in the evening hours.

    The positives for such a change should be overwhelming.

    Then, why hasn’t it been done in the past?

    Because it has.

    Under the John Harper administration, there were several night-time meetings held. Some of those may still be going on.

    It is great for candidates to use that as an item to talk with voters. And most voters would have to say that it is a great idea.

  • Most charities rely heavily on the goodwill of individual donors during the holiday season to fund their activities throughout the coming year.

    Last year, charity contributions totaled $307.65 billion: 75 percent of this total came from individuals, according to the Giving USA Foundation.

    BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance advises donors to research a charity prior to giving and provides five questions to ask when deciding where to contribute this holiday season.

    Is this a charity I can trust?

  • How much do you know about underage drinking?

    I just took a web quiz conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that tests people’s knowledge about underage drinking and I was surprised to find that many people who take the quiz don’t score so well.

    The quiz questions come from research sponsored by member agencies of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.

    The quiz is intended to dispel myths and stimulate action to prevent and reduce underage alcohol use.

  • Wow...now what do you do if you serve on the Shepherdsville City Council?

    You approved a totally unbinding advisory ballot to get the pulse of the community on the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday in places that serve at least 70 percent in food items.

    Everyone stated on more than one occasion that the turnout of the vote held on Dec. 3-4 meant nothing in terms of forcing the council to do anything.

    That point has been made very clear.

    But it begs to now ask the question - what do you do now?

  • BBB December Hot Topics

  • The Internal Revenue Service today reminds individual taxpayers who are considering buying a new car that they have until Dec. 31 to take advantage of a tax break that may not be around in 2010.

    Taxpayers who buy a qualifying new motor vehicle this year after Feb. 16 can deduct the state or local sales or excise taxes they paid on the first $49,500 of the purchase price. Qualifying motor vehicles include new passenger automobiles, light trucks, motorcycles, and motor homes.

  • LEXINGTON - After the harvest season, November is usually the time we celebrate and give thanks. It is also time for producers and landowners to consider planning for the next growing season.

    Each fiscal year, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sets dates for program application ranking. Although dates may vary from one program to another, landowners may sign-up at any time for all conservation programs.

  • Identity theft claimed 10 million victims in 2008, a 22 percent increase over 2007, according to a report from Javelin Strategy and Research.

    BBB warns that the holiday season provides many new opportunities for identity thieves to steal your information. BBB recommends taking the following steps to fight identity theft this holiday season: 

     

    Online Shopping Tips

  • This holiday season, BBB wants to remind consumers to know their rights before making a purchase.

    “Each year BBB receives calls after the holidays from upset consumers who are stuck with items they can’t return,” says

    Reanna Smith-Hamblin, Communications Director for the BBB in Louisville. “Consumers should familiarize themselves with the seller’s return policy before making a purchase to prevent any confusion in the event the item they purchased needs to be returned.”

  • DECEMBER 2009

    MONTH:

    Bingo's Birthday

    Choose a Summer Camp

    Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness

    Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention

    Egg Nog

    Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness

    Safe Toys and Gifts

    Spiritual Literacy

    Stress-Free Family Holidays

    Tie

    Universal Human Rights

    Write a Business Plan

    Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking (TANYRSS) (Dec. 8 - Feb. 10)

    Halcyon Days (Dec. 14-28)

  • FRANKFORT - The fall forest fire hazard season officially ended Dec. 15, but officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry continue to urge caution when conducting any kind of outdoor burning.  “Kentucky’s forests have weathered serious storms over the past few years and the increase in dead and fallen trees are of particular concern to fire suppression efforts,” said Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry.