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Opinion

  •  Education is more than test scores. 

  •  Seldom would you think that elected officials would have to justify keeping their budget the same.

  •  With local teams making it to the NCAA, the Better Business Bureau wants to warn the public about scams related to March Madness.

    Major sporting events like the NCAA tournament almost always inspire scammers to capitalize on the scarcity of tickets and fans’ desire to snap up souvenirs or team jerseys. The BBB advises fans to check out offers with the BBB before spending their hard-earned cash.

  •  Are you in the midst of planning your spring break getaway? Whether you’re jetting to Costa Rica, headed on a cruise, or driving to Destin, Florida, don’t just book a trip because it looks like a good deal! Do your homework first – spring break is not the time to book a trip from a provider you aren’t familiar with!

    Out of the almost 4,000 industries the BBB monitors, the travel industry consistently ranks near or in the top 25 for number of complaints, costing consumers as much as $10 billion annually.

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

    1. Businesses are receiving emails disguised as Consumer Complaint Notifications from the FTC. The email states a complaint has been filed against your business, and you need to review and respond. The email provides a link, which takes you to a third party website, and the file you download is actually malware that scans your computer for personal information.

  •   FRANKFORT– Every year members of the Kentucky General Assembly descend on Frankfort to carry out the duties that our citizens expect to do.  That expectation includes making sure that the legislative process is open and transparent to all Kentuckians.

  •  It is ironic that in a single issue of the paper we have stories on a leader in the community who is leaving and another who is coming to our area.

  •  It’s time.  We’re in the last full week of this year’s regular session, and we haven’t done our biggest job – again.

    There is near-universal agreement that our number one job this time is reform of the state’s pension system for public employees.  SB 2 is this year’s proposed solution.  We’ve been delaying true reform for as many years as I can remember.

  •  FRANKFORT – As we move rapidly into the final 8 days of this short session, the General Assembly has come to a major turning point.

  •  BBB is joining forces with federal, state, and local government agencies to promote consumer education during National Consumer Protection Week, March 3 – March 9, 2013.

    As part of National Consumer Protection Week, BBB recommends five easy steps consumers can take to become a smarter and savvier consumer:

     

    1.   Always check out a business with BBB first.

  •  FRANKFORT — Public-pension reform moved closer to some sort of resolution in the House this week as the chamber approved its version of a pension overhaul bill, along with a separate bill that a majority of members say will generate necessary revenues to fund the system.

  •  We began the 2013 session with a commitment to reform the state pension system and establish a long-term dedicated funding source.  This week the House passed two measures that we believe meet those goals.

    An important point to realize is that our legislation does not raise taxes or change expanded gaming laws or lower retirement benefits for current employees and retirees.

  •  FRANKFORT – Every year members of the Kentucky General Assembly descend on Frankfort to carry out the duties that our citizens expect to do.  That expectation includes making sure that the legislative process is open and transparent to all Kentuckians.

  •  As Sen. Rand Paul's field representative for your county, I submit the following:

    1. An Op-Ed promoting School Choice

    America’s educational system is leaving behind anyone who starts with disadvantages, and that is wrong. Those born in poverty already face significant challenges. For those striving to climb the ladder of success, we must fix our schools.

    The question then bears asking: What is the best way? Let’s start with what we’ve tried.

  •  Again we face a decision on whether or not to ban smoking in all public places and in all places of employment in Kentucky. 

  •  What I have realized very quickly when speaking with the Citizens of Bullitt County is that not too many people fully understand what the Circuit Clerk’s Office does. There is also some confusion as to the difference of duties between the County Clerk and the Circuit Court Clerk.

  •  While cartoonist Paul Coyle likes to take jabs at local officials, the concerns voiced by Shepherdsville city leaders have some validity.

  •   FRANKFORT–The gavel has fallen on week two of part two of the 2013 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.  A flurry of new bills were filed, bringing the total in the House to 390.

  •  It received a whiff of consideration over a decade ago but was quickly brushed aside.

  •  FRANKFORT – In a 30-day “short session” like this year, it’s difficult for both chambers to fully consider all the bills that have been filed.  However, over the last two weeks, the Senate has taken early action on major legislation, giving the House more time to study those bills.

    This week the Senate passed important bills addressing economic development, the state’s General Fund debt, healthcare, and school safety.