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Opinion

  •   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.

  •   Can felons be forgiven, or should they be penalized permanently?

    Your General Assembly continues to increase the number of felony offenses on the statutes.  It happens when we are approached by a constituent or special interest group who want to strongly discourage certain behavior.  A legislator might respond by introducing a bill that increases a penalty from a misdemeanor/violation to a “Class D” felony.  If convicted of a Class D felony, a judge can sentence you for incarceration from one to 5 years. 

  •  Most Americans rightly look upon our U.S. Constitution with a form of reverence. So it might surprise you to learn that it was fiercely debated in the Congress and the state assemblies prior to its ratification.

  •  Those of you who have been reading my columns or otherwise getting information on what our schools and district has been doing over the past few years know that it is our objective to become a leader in the state in providing a rigorous and effective education to our students.  

  •  Sometimes it might be best to wait a few minutes before elected officials vote on items.

  •  Scammers have been making phone calls posing as representatives of the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the registry or ask consumers to verify their information. Of course, the callers are really trying to solicit personal information, which opens victims up to identity fraud.

    How the Scam Works:

  •  Are you looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Millions use dating and social networking sites to meet people. While many are looking to start a successful relationship, there are scam artists using these sites to take advantage of others. Unfortunately, the anonymity of the internet makes it easy for con artists to use these sites to meet potential victims.

    In one of the latest dating scams, scammers are stealing pictures of real soldiers and posting them online, stringing victims along.

  •  Scam artists take advantage of every major event or holiday to launch a new (or old) scam. BBB warns, Valentine’s Day is no exception! Here are a few scams to be on the lookout for:

    Social Media Scams

    Facebook is flooded with posts that attempt to lure users to malicious websites. 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

  •  If you are going to send flowers, candy, or other gifts for Valentine’s Day do your homework first! BBB has some tips for your Valentine’s shopping.

    Flowers

  •  BBB is warning tax payers - don't fall victim to tax scams! Remember — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. BBB takes a look at the different tax scams:

    The scam: Phishing includes emails or websites that trick victims into providing personal information. If you get an email “from the IRS” asking for your personal information, delete it!

  •  Working together would be a great idea in terms of recreational activities in Bullitt County.

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

    1.    IRS Scam: Tax payers are receiving calls from scam artists who say they are with the IRS. They claim a mistake was made on their taxes and the IRS owes them $2000. The catch, in order to receive the money, the tax payer must provide bank account information.

  •  If you’re a fan of University of Louisville athletics you know it’s been an unbelievable year.  Heck, it’s been an unbelievable month and a half!

  •  Influenza activity is high across most of the United States according to CDC’s latest FluView report. CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for people who have not yet been vaccinated this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are at high risk of flu complications. (www.cdc.gov/flu)

  •  A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. 

  •  FRANKFORT - As I write to you, we’ve just completed the first week of the 2013 General Assembly Session. 

  •   FRANKFORT  – With the holiday season behind us, the General Assembly returned to Frankfort last week to prepare to deal with several crucial issues facing our Commonwealth.

  •       Now is the time of year we resolve to make changes for the better. This year, you can resolve to be a positive influence in the life of a young person by volunteering with 4-H.