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Opinion

  •  Around the commonwealth as folks dealt with more cold temps and bad weather, vintage cars sliding into sinkholes and an early morning pipeline explosion, in Frankfort our focus remained on education and doing what we can to educate and protect our children.

    House Bill 205 passed out of the House Education Committee this week which would ensure that CPR be taught in every 9th grade health class in all Kentucky high schools.

  •  FRANKFORT - We are nearing the halfway point of the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, and while we continue work and debate on a budget for the next two years, numerous bills have been filed and are making their way through the legislative process.

    One bill filed lastweek was in honor of a fallen Kentucky police officer.

    Rep. David Floyd of Bardstown filed House Bill 368, which is being called the Officer Jason Ellis Memorial Act.

  •  Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of illness and death for North American women and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. February is Women’s Heart Health Month, and it is a great time for women to start taking better care of their hearts all year round.

    It’s important to know your personal risk for heart disease and family history. Common risk factors for heart disease include elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, smoking, diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle and overweight or obesity.

  •  There is no doubt that it would be a wonderful thing if every school in the United States could have a trained police officer inside its building every day.

    In years past, the federal government has provided money for school resource officers. This money has basically dried up.

    Even with the grant money, there were not the funds to pay an officer in each school.

  •  It has been a winter like no other - in recent memory.

    It isn’t the terrific one-day snow and ice events that we’ve seen in the past.

    But it sure is a whole lot worse than we’ve experienced in the past 5-6 years.

    The one of snow here, the quarter inch of ice there and the sub-zero wind chill temperatures have all done nothing but cause havac with life as we know it.

    Schools have been cancelled.

    Businesses have suffered from the lack of customers.

  •  In this month’s Lane Report, there is a special section titled, Research Kentucky 2014.  If you are interested in looking at it yourself, it can be found digitally at www.lanereport.com.   

    The section highlights several institutions of higher education and the work they are doing with important research initiatives.  

  •  It may one of the most promising things to come out of county government in the past seven years.

    A committee formed by Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts will meet with legislators in Frankfort on Thursday.

    They will be equipped with a plan for the future in terms of transportation projects.

    Is it the perfect document?  No.

    Are there still other road projects which might be needed in the future? Yes.

    Is it a good start? Yes.

  •  If the state sees things like the local school district sees things, it might be easy to make up some of the days lost due to snow, ice and cold this year.

    However, without knowing what the state will decide, Bullitt County Public School Board officials had the task of making a no-win situation. And, any decision would be sure to jack up those who have plenty of comments on the social media.

    With 13 days to make up, board officials opted to use this Friday and next Monday. The final day - barring any other missed days - would be June 6.

  •  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.