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Opinion

  • 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.

  • As a very tough 2009 comes to a close, it is time for our community to come together like it always does in a time of need.

    The economy has been tough and unemployment has risen above 10 percent for the past year. Many others who are employed have experienced reduced hours or pay freezes.

    During this holiday season, many more will be seeking a little bit of assistance. It is time for all of us who have dug so deep in the past to dig a little deeper.

  • The holiday shopping season is off and running despite a shaky economy. Smart shoppers may be able to snap up bargains before, after and on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

    However, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to arm themselves with knowledge and a budget before hitting the stores. Setting limits on spending is especially important to avoid a deluge of post-holiday bills.

     

  • If members of the judicial system in Bullitt County were looking for something to buy Circuit Judge Rodney Burress for Christmas, they may pool their money and send him on a two-week vacation.

    The 55th Circuit was in the spotlight several years ago for having many old cases which were unresolved.

    That isn’t a problem now.

    Steps taken under retired Bullitt Circuit Judge Thomas Waller and continued on to Burress, who has made changes of his own, have resulted in Bullitt County sitting atop the state standings.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Countians have found themselves in one smorgasbord of a mess pertaining to this year’s Thanksgiving holiday festivities.

    In recent weeks fears of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus have dominated headlines. In the past few days, however, reports surfaced about a possible return of the Bullitt County Turkey flu.

    In 2005 an original Turkey Flu scare hit the area. Jake Turkey, official spokesturkey for the organization Turkeys United For Freedom (TUFF), claimed that scare along with the recent scare were both hoaxes.

  • As the number of large farms continue to dwindle in the region, there is a question on what to do with the land.

    Some land has been sold for residential, commercial or industrial development.

    Other property has been maintained for new uses - such as wineries and small educational farms.

    In Bullitt County, several locations have branched out to use the agriculturally-zoned property for these wineries and small farms.

  • Few things are as clear-cut or urgent as the need to get Kentucky’s children off to a healthy start in life.

    One, whether you’re a parent or a politician, it’s a moral obligation. I firmly believe that.

    Two, Kentucky’s future depends on our ability to create a talented, inquisitive and productive work force.       

    One year ago, my administration launched an aggressive plan to tackle head on one of the biggest hurdles to our children’s and our state’s future: Lack of health insurance.

  • Source: Robert Flashman, UK family resource management specialist

    While a couple of provisions from the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 were implemented in August, more reform is in the near future.

    Aimed at helping struggling families in the tough economy, the Credit CARD Act was signed into law in May.

    Over the next year, more provisions will be phased in and change the way companies market, manage and issue credit cards.

  • There is no doubt that many in our community and many in the country are suffering.

    Jobs have been lost. Hours have been cut. Wages are going down.

    The war continues to be waged. The county’s support in the president and the Congress has waned.

    Gas prices fell but have now risen. Unemployment numbers are up.

    Despite all the nay-saying, this is still the best country in the world to reside.

    Housing starts are up. The stock market is rebounding. Roadways and other projects are being built under the stimulus funding.

  • There is no way to ever say enough about those who have fought in war to protect our country.

    There is never any way to express in words the gratitude that we should feel about those who have served in the military - in any way.

    Veterans Day is held each November.

    Particularly since Sept. 11, 2001, it is gratifying to see the growth of ceremonies held to honor the veterans.

    In Bullitt County, there are many more schools hosting events to honor veterans and this is a great message to send.