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Opinion

  •  Are you looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Millions use online dating sites to meet people. Unfortunately, scam artists know this, and take advantage of those who are looking to start relationships.

  •   Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Scam artists take advantage of every major event or holiday to launch scams, and Valentine’s Day is no exception! BBB warns, look out for these scams:

    Social Media Scams

    Beware of any “free” love giveaways, like flowers, perfumes, or vacations. These “free” giveaways take you to a third-party site, where your personal information can be compromised.

    Phishing

  •  The Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics has begun in Sochi, Russia, officially kicking off the games. Better Business Bureau reminds consumers that while athletes compete for medals, scammers compete for personal information and credit card numbers.

    BBB offers tips for supporting and enjoying the games safely from home:

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. – With much of Kentucky covered in a sundae made of snow topped with a crust of ice, fishing season seems millennia away.

    The sun gets higher in the southern sky with each passing day; it is only a matter of time before this horrible weather pattern breaks. Use this dark and cold time to prepare for the inevitable coming of the spring fishing season.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s February 2014 Hot Topics!

    1.    Don’t fall for the One Ring Scam! Here is how the scam works: Your cell phone rings once, then hangs up. To see who it was, you check the caller ID. It shows unknown or a long-distance area code you are not familiar with. Curious, you call back. Later, you find a fee on your cell phone bill, often $19.95 for a “premium service.”

  •  FRANKFORT - Would you purchase a home without knowing if you can afford it?

    Many of us would answer no, or not before we would check to see if we could pay for it.

    That statement would apply to debate over House Bill 154 this past week.

    This bill was stated to be a transparency bill, but a last-minute committee substitute placed requirements for additional training for local school officials.

  •  They served a valuable purpose, although many might beg to differ.

    But the concerns over early release days for Bullitt County Public School students will soon be a thing of the past.

    Instead, students will have the opportunity to enjoy several full days at home as the 2014-15 calendar will not have early release.

    Educators feels that allowing teachers a full day of work each month is more valuable as the district strives to move forward.

  •  In December, Target disclosed one of the biggest retail cyberattacks in history.

    Consumers across the country learned that, during the peak of the holiday shopping season, hackers carried out a massive data breach on the U.S. retailer, stealing roughly 40 million credit and debit card records and compromising the personal information, including names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, of 70 million Target shoppers.

  •  BBB is warning local residents to beware of scammers who are using Kosair Charities’ good name! 

    A local resident received a call from someone claiming to be with the Firefighter’s Union, who said he was selling decals and seals for the Kosair Charities burn unit.

    There are several things wrong with this phone call:

    ·        First, local firefighters raise money for the Crusade for Children, not for specific entities.

  •  FRANKFORT - The top issue of the 2014 Regular Session started its journey this past week, as Governor Steve Beshear laid out his thoughts and ideas for a new two-year budget for the Commonwealth.

    Education, which a majority of members in the General Assembly view as in dire need of more money, would receive an additional $71 million in the first year of the budget, Fiscal Year 2015, and $118 million in Fiscal Year 2016 under the Governor’s proposed budget.

  •  In year one, I have discovered there are many misconceptions or misunderstandings about the clerk’s office.  Some of the most prevalent will be discussed in this article.

    Driver’s License Middle Name:  My middle name isn’t McG my aunt told me after renewing her driver’s license.  She is not the only one who has experienced the 3 letter middle name that is not the driver’s legal name. 

  •  Many of you will get assistance from a professional tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes this year. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help. Using the wrong preparer could cause the taxpayer a lot of headaches, fines, and fees.

  •  Best regards to you and your family for the New Year. The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our daily routines. 

    I hope you got through the arctic weather safe and without any damage, though many had to deal with pipes bursting and power outages.

    School is back in session and the work of the year in full swing.

    January 7 convened the 2014 General Assembly, a 60-day legislative session creating the next two year budget for Kentucky. 

  •  Our legislators are now in Frankfort. We  trust that they are there to help the constituents.

    We fear that since it is time to put a biennium budget together, it might be more gridlock than progress.

    Before that is decided, however, it might be the race to see what Constitutional amendments are placed on the ballot for consideration in the fall.

    Only two such measures can be on the ballot but several have already been mentioned in the first couple of weeks.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 17, 2014) – The first full week of the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in the book, and while we await the start of debate and discussion on the top issue facing us, drafting a new budget, several bills began being heard in committees.

  •  At crunch time, there are plenty of comments and suggestions being offered on the proposed land-use plan for Bullitt County.

    This is not unexpected.

    The public has until Jan. 31 to submit suggestions to the plans devised by consultant Kriss Lowry. Those must be turned into the Bullitt County Planning office in the courthouse annex.

    A public meeting will be held on Feb. 20 for anyone wishing to make comments.

  •  In the corporate world, no merger or buyout should be surprising.

    It is normally just a surprise to those who are most affected - the employee.

    On Monday, Beam Inc. and Suntory Holdings of Japan announced their plans to join forces.

    For those who own Beam stock, it will be a great deal as they would be paid around $83 per share, up 25 percent over the Friday’s closing price.

    The purchase price would be a cool $16.5 billion, maybe a little smoother than any of Beam’s finest bourbons.

  •  FRANKFORT - As the General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Tuesday this week, it is worth taking one last look back at 2013, to review some of the issues my legislative colleagues and I have been studying in recent months.

    We call this period the interim, and it begins each year during the late spring and continues through the holidays.

  •  It is already January and we are earnestly preparing for the next school year.

    Even in a “normal” school district, there a lot of things that must happen between January and August.

    I’m happy to say that BCPS is anything but a normal school district.

    We are fortunate to have a crop of educational leaders and teachers in this district who are never satisfied with the status quo.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s January 2014 Hot Topics!