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Opinion

  •  No matter how people may act at particular moments of any time of the year, Bullitt County is full of caring people.

    Elected officials may fight with one another.

    Members of the public may complain about their elected officials.

    Elected officials may moan and groan about their constituents.

    And agencies may fight with one another.

    But when push comes to shove, Bullitt Countians stick together.

    The holiday season is a great example of agencies all pulling together.

  •  It is nice to  lead a school district full of leaders, both in our administrative offices and our classrooms. 

    It has been a wonderful thing to watch our performance rankings rise from the depths of having a state performance audit to being deemed a proficient district in six years.

  •  BBB receives hundreds of complaints from pet owners about kennels every year.  Owners say their pets came back from poor boarding kennels severely dehydrated and malnourished or with fleas, ticks, and even maggots.  Worst-case scenarios include pets that became extremely ill while boarding at poor facilities which resulted in lengthy stays at the animal hospital.

    If you are looking for a reliable kennel, BBB recommends the following checklist:

  •   As predicted, the interest in the revisions to the outdated comprehensive land-use plan would grow -- at the end of the process.

    Despite all the work on the verbage, the real interest is happening now as “the map” is being presented for consideration.

    Consultant Kriss Lowry has gone above and beyond the scope of the project. Now, she is facing the biggest part of the work - dealing with large landowners.

    Lowry has held a series of public meetings and has posted a lot of information on her website.

  •  Falls account for more than one million injuries in the U.S. annually. There are four types of walking accidents with the most common being the slip and fall. That's the type of fall that happens when you fall due a surface not cleared of snow or ice.

  •  Gift cards make excellent presents, especially during the holidays when you’re unsure of what to buy for a family member or friend.  But, BBB warns, like everything else, gift cards may have strings attached. It’s important to read the fine print before buying and giving.

     

    New rules for gift cards went into effect in 2010. Some rules include:

  •  With snow and ice in the forecast for much of Kentucky over the next few days, AAA East Central reminds motorists that cars need periodic checkups to maintain safety and maximize efficiency, especially during winter weather.

    AAA recommends motorists use a simple checklist to determine their vehicle’s winter maintenance needs.

    Winter Car Care Checklist

  •  There are dozens of domain names registered in the name of “Old St. Nick,” offering children a wide range of opportunities to email Santa. Sadly, some of the websites aren’t always so trustworthy. Some can potentially be a dangerous way to share personal information. Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising parents to do their homework before letting their child write to Santa this holiday season.

  •  When Bullitt Fiscal Court discussed the passage of a no-smoking ordinance in county buildings, there were quite a few in the audience who were caught by surprise.

    There were no signs posted but it was a given - you can’t light it up in a county facility.

    Well, maybe you can. At least for a little while.

    There has been no local or state law adopted to prohibit smoking or tobacco products in county government or state government facilities.

    We believe Bullitt Fiscal Court will change that.

    And they should.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s December 2013 Hot Topics!

     

    1. Holiday shopping? Beware of fake “Overstock” Websites! Scammers are trying to fool customers looking for the real website, which is a BBB Accredited business, with fake Overstock websites. Some of these sites ask the customer to pay with a Green Dot Money Pak. Make sure you are shopping the real company at www.Overstock.com.

  •  Diligence at the district and school level has resulted in energy savings of $1.46 million over five years.

         The dollar figure was a key element in an Impact of Performance Contracting and Intelligent Services report by Kyle Johnson of Harshaw-Trane at the October Bullitt County Board of Education meeting.

         Johnson said an energy consumption analysis was performed for the period of January 2009-August 2013 for phases 1, 2 and 3.

  •  Better Business Bureau is warning about these common holiday scams and frauds:

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 25, 2013) – Once the Thanksgiving traditions are complete and the family members have recapped all they’re thankful for, many Kentuckians will turn to sale fliers to plan their Black Friday or Cyber Monday attacks on Christmas shopping.

    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) would like to remind consumers to spend wisely this holiday season by shopping smarter, saving money and avoiding fraud.

  •  Louisville - Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 11.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.40/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

  •  Have you started planning for Black Friday - that special shopping day after Thanksgiving when you can find all of the “deals?” Remember, all deals are not created equal and the fine print is often the most important thing! Before you head out for the holiday shopping frenzy, BBB offers these tips:

  •  FRANKFORT – Parties, family dinners and seasonal gatherings where food is served are traditional part of holiday cheer. This holiday season, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) urges consumers to take precautions in purchasing and preparing food items, and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices to combat foodborne illness this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Here are a few simple food safety tips to avoid getting sick during the holiday season:

    Safe Storage Temperatures

  •  FRANKFORT – With the holiday season upon us and “Black Friday” this week, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet wants to remind all retailers in Kentucky to adopt effective safety procedures for crowd management.

  •  This week rings in a season of spending time with friends and family, shopping, gift-giving, decorating, baking, and cooking. Safe Electricity offers tips to help ensure that this busy and festive time remains a safe one.

  •  The holidays are a time of cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic and bad weather on the road. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers, so Better Business Bureau recommends, before hitting the road, give your car the attention it needs and take these extra precautions when hitting the road:

  •   FRANKFORT - On Friday, our country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of its most tragic events: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    Like the attack on Pearl Harbor before it and 9/11 after it, Nov. 22, 1963, is one of a handful of dates in history where those old enough to remember it will never forget where they were and what they were doing.

    What many Kentuckians may not know about that day, however, is that it was a future resident of our state who broke the news of President Kennedy’s death to the world.