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  • Retail Federation challenges proposed 1 percent local tax

    The Kentucky House of Representatives is considering HB 399 to allow local governments to impose up to a 1 percent local sales tax. The Kentucky Retail Federation has serious concerns about the proposal’s impact on Kentucky’s businesses and consumers as well as the commonwealth itself.

  • Avoid advance fee loans

    Consumers nationwide continue to be victimized by sophisticated loan scams that demand up-front fees for loans that are never delivered.

    Thieves use fabricated addresses to steal tens of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting borrowers, many of them desperate for money to help pay bills, buy medicines or save their homes.

    In most cases, the consumer said he or she applied for a loan online and was contacted by phone or email by a person representing the phony loan companies.

  • Be careful when looking for college aid

    As the cost of a college education continues to rise, so does the number of people looking for help paying for their educations. Every year, thousands of students and parents fall victim to scholarship search service scams.

    Looking for the warning signs can help you avoid getting ripped off.

    Guarantees a Scholarship or ‘Your Money Back.’ Grants and scholarships are awarded on basis of performance or qualifications. No one can “guarantee” you’ll get one.

  • Right-to-work laws actually can benefit labor unions

    Labor-union workers wearing ugly green T-shirts verbally accosted me at the end of last week’s news conference in the Capitol Annex promoting a right-to-work policy for Kentucky – something employees in 24 other states enjoy.

  • Trucking advocate offers views on heavier loads

    Recently, an article was presented here from a concerned group discussing why Senate Bill 44 should not become law. Senate Bill 44 would allow trucks hauling poultry, livestock and agricultural products to travel on all state and local roads up to 8,000 additional pounds. The topic of heavier trucks is a discussion worth having and one that is taking place on the national level as well as the state level. 

  • What to do when your email is hacked

    Has your email account been hacked? We are hearing more and more about hacked email accounts, in which individual’s accounts are being hijacked by scammers and used to send spam to victims’ contacts.

    Getting hacked can happen to anyone.

    First, the scammer needs your email address, which is easy. You may have given it to the scammer without knowing, because your email address is on hundreds or thousands of messages you send out and those emails often are circulated. Also, email addresses are easy to guess – first name, last name, etc.

  • Offer this 6-year-old's prayer

    It’s too bad we don’t know the person’s name who said it, for there is much truth in the statement: “What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.”

    Michael Dunn claimed fear was the reason he shot to death the young black man, Jordan Davis, at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station in an argument over loud music.

    Did Davis point a gun at Dunn as he alleged? No gun was ever found.

  • Heavier trucks increase hazard on highways

    The Kentucky Senate passed a bill Feb. 4 that would allow heavier semi-trailer trucks hauling poultry, livestock and agricultural products to travel on all state and local roads, raising the maximum weight from 80,000 pounds to 88,000 pounds. The bill now heads to the Kentucky House, where supporters are making an all-out effort to pass the legislation.

  • Abusing Kosair’s name

    The Better Business Bureau warns 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:

  • What’s missing in health care is dose of competition

    When Super Bowl ads featuring hybrid dogs and half-naked celebrities hype the affordability of $49 X-rays and the convenience of 24/7 angioplasty clinics, we'll know we’re on the way to conquering spiraling health care costs.

    We live in a free-market nation. Competition forces companies to extol their advantages with frequency and volume.

    Five-dollar Footlong, anyone? Two-for-one pizza? Or a car that’s way better (cheaper, more reliable, better mileage) than that seemingly similar other make of car?