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Opinion

  •  With the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s that time of year to celebrate the Red, White, and Blue with backyard barbeques, fireworks, and tons of patriotism. However, with any holiday come scam artists who will try to take advantage of you and ruin your holiday plans.

    BBB tells you about the most common 4th of July scams and offers tips on how to protect yourself.

  •  1. Parents are complaining that Inspirational Keys, a performing arts summer camp here in Louisville, abruptly shut down. BBB has received 18 complaints since June 3, 2013 against the Memphis, TN based business. Parents complain they never received any refunds.

  •  Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! That’s the one thing I always hear when I talk to people, we need more jobs. 

  •  FRANKFORT– To better understand just how involved Kentucky is in transporting and exporting products across the country and around the world, consider the lobster.

    Most people normally wouldn’t associate the commonwealth with the crustacean, but they should, because for more than a decade now, we have been home to the world’s largest inland lobster tank.

    It’s a key stopping point between Nova Scotia and some of the United States’ finest restaurants.

  •  The county’s work to become work ready certified is important.

  •  With concerts, games, and festivals in full swing this summer, many fans are eager to purchase tickets to their favorite events. However, before committing to a purchase, BBB warns to beware of ticket scams!

    Many tend to seek out tickets on classified sites. Unfortunately, this is where many scam artists lurk. For instance, fake tickets are often posted on Craigslist, with “too-good-to-be-true” prices. The seller asks the buyer to pay through wire services, like Western Union then the buyer never receives the tickets.

  •  An estimated three to five million older adults in America were victims of abuse in 2011.

  •  The Bullitt County Public School System is in excellent shape to raise the dropout age from 16 to 18.

  •   April 2013 brought a much needed change in the judicial system.  In 2011, the General Assembly passed House Bill 308 to ensure that Kentucky complies with the 2007 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP). 

  •  It is yet another time when Bullitt Countians have an opportunity to shine.

  •  There has been some amount of attention given to Bullitt County Schools the past few days related to the slight change made to our grading scales at the middle and high school level.  

  •  The wedding planning season is in full swing - and bridal expos are headed to the Louisville area in the coming weeks! Your Better Business Bureau (BBB) has helpful tips for future brides and bridesmaids attending a show.

  •  Is taking a look at a regional sewage disposal plan in the best interest of Bullitt County?

  •  BBB is receiving calls from local consumers who say they are annoyed after receiving automated calls promising them a free medical alert system.

    The system is supposed to help protect seniors in the event of break-ins or medical emergencies.

    The scam has put groups across the U.S. on alert. The automated “robo-call” comes from a company identifying itself as “Emergency Medical Alert Systems,” “Senior Safety Alert,” “Senior Emergency Care,” “Senior Safe Alert,” or something similar.

  •  Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have died in war. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans.

    As Memorial Day approaches, the Better Business Bureau urges consumers and donors to be aware of scammers that feed off the military.

  •  It may not be the perfect situation; however, the efforts being made in Mount Washington to install decorative sidewalks through its downtown district should be commended.

  •  As the Bullitt County School Board considers its budget for the next fiscal year, the choices are getting tougher and tougher.

  •    The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be cautious of scam artists who prey upon people in need and those who want to help them. “Scam artists come out of the woodwork after a disaster strikes,” says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, Vice President of the BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky, “and they are willing to do anything to take your money.”

    Here are some tips on how to protect yourself when disaster strikes:

  •  For anyone who complains about getting a ticket for not buckling up when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, here’s a crash course in reality:

    *746 people were killed on Kentucky’s roadways in 2012

    *Of those 746 killed, 592 were motor vehicle fatalities. 

    *62.5 percent of those motor vehicle fatalities were not wearing a seat belt. 

    *When worn correctly, seat belts are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. 

  •   FRANKFORT – Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware.  The 2013 national “Click It or Ticket” Memorial Day seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 20 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.