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Opinion

  •  For years, maybe decades, this newspaper has opined that there is a need for a planner in Bullitt County.

  •  At least one poorly-conceived charity scam (this one was on Twitter) has already emerged in the wake of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday, and more are likely.

    BBB Wise Giving Alliance (“Alliance”), the national charity monitoring arm of the Better Business Bureau, and BBB Serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont (“BBB Boston”) cautions donors about potential red flags concerning tragedy-related philanthropy.

  •  Springtime is synonymous with spring scams. It never fails. Every year, around this time, scam artists come out of the woodwork. Scam artists will break down your door with “too good to be true” opportunities. BBB recommends you look out for these three spring scams:

  •  Some don’t like it. Others are overjoyed.

  •  What a wonderful surprise....so many people showed up to talk about the revisions to the comprehensive plan, the consultant had to get out more paper and pens for the participants to use.

  •  FRANKFORT – Every legislative session, the General Assembly looks for ways it can improve the lives of our children, both in the classroom and when it comes to their safety.

    This year, the House and Senate passed several new laws that further both of these goals.

    One of the more widely publicized will establish a permanent, independent panel to review those cases in which a child either died or was severely injured as a result of abuse or neglect.

  •  BBB is warning consumers to beware of “Sound alike” names when giving to charities. They can confuse potential donors. These “sound alike” names are common among health-related and animal welfare organizations.

  •  You pluck a chicken before you can cook it. That is called a chicken plucker or any bird that has feathers you pluck it first.

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

    1. Prepaid Debit Card Scams are gaining popularity. In one scam, scam artists are calling consumers, posing as Duke Energy, threatening to turn a customer’s power off if a payment is not made within the hour, using a prepaid debit card. The scam artist asks the consumer to purchase a prepaid debit card then instructs the consumer to call back with the card’s number and PIN. Don’t fall for this scam!

  •  FRANKFORT – The 30-day session of the General Assembly concluded at midnight this past Tuesday, after two long days of hard work and bipartisan collaboration to ensure the state’s most pressing issues were addressed.

  •  FRANKFORT – Each legislative session is invariably remembered for one or two high-profile laws, but there are always many others that, while not getting as much attention, are important as well.

  •  March 7 marked our second month in office.  During the last two months, we started our processes of streamlining operations, updating obsolete forms and documents, and looking for ways to better serve those with whom we work.  

  •  FRANKFORT – Although several major issues are still pending, the General Assembly wrapped up much of its work early last week, and for a “short” legislative session, there is a fairly long list of key bills that have made it to Governor Beshear’s desk.

  •  FRANKFORT – The General Assembly is now recessed for a ten-day veto period and will return on March 25 for the final two days of the 2013 Session.

    While consensus hasn’t been reached on important bills dealing with industrial hemp, public employee pension reform, and military overseas absentee voting, the Senate is ready and willing to work on these unresolved issues.

  •  FRANKFORT - The final few days of the 2013 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly wound down in a flurry of bills being passed between the House and Senate, and work remaining on other bills when we return for the final two days in more than a week.  But it was a simple debate on one bill that could sum up this year’s entire session.

  •  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.