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Columns

  • Seniors will get to take trip even if ‘educational’ value questioned

     When is a policy not a policy? When you can find a good reason to bend the rules.

    It was almost a funny situation.

    On Sept. 9, the Bullitt County Public School System held its monthly work session.

    At these sessions, the members have a little extra time in a more informal setting to discuss things such as field trip policies.

    During this particular session, although no formal request had been received, board members were advised that a senior trip for Bullitt East might be on the horizon.

  • Death of newspapers could be bad rumor

     I know of newspapers that kept their communities informed about clean water and shelter during terrible storms and disasters.

    I know of newspapers that exposed crooks, lost a lot of advertising from the crooks’ buddies and still put out a paper every week.

    I know of a newspaper that had an ironic sense of humor that even offended a few readers and stood its ground with a “come on people, have a brain” retort.

    I know of publishers who took pay cuts during the recession rather than cut staff.

  • Talk about our local journalism different for crew from Pakistan

     Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with a group of journalists from Pakistan.

    In the United States on a tour of various media, the group stopped in Shepherdsville to find out how a community newspaper covered the news.

    They came from the world of big and small papers, television stations and wire services.

    With the assistance of interpretors, they got to ask the questions. I got to give a few answers.

  • Right way to get solutions

     Getting to the bottom of waste spending is great.

    That’s what people love to see.

    Taxpayers want to know that their money is being spent properly.

    However, there should be a right way to go about doing it. We already know the wrong way.

    The recent battle between fiscal court and the jailer is a prime example of not doing it right.

    We have no problem with trying to figure out if there is wasteful spending.

    We have concern if there are too many hours spent on overtime.

  • For a better place to live, you must get involved in your community

     We have an opportunity today to bring The Pioneer News into the homes of each student in the Bullitt County Public School System.

    We thank superintendent Keith Davis for that opportunity.

    You will notice a larger than normal number of school-related stories and pictures.

    With nearly two dozen public school facilities, the opportunity is endless when thinking about activities which are going on.

    I thought I would take a little space today and talk about two things - the school system and The Pioneer News.

  • Can a word really drive someone crazy?

     I guess we’ve always had certain buzz words that meant something.

    As my age advances, I would rather think in the present.

    Maybe it is the age of texting where short messages like OMG or BTW have taken the art out of complete sentences.

    My newest word that just sends shivers down my spine is REALLY.

    It all depends on how you use the word, I guess.

    REALLY? That is that questioning by the other party into something you have said or done.

    REALLY! That is that sense of excitement over an action.

  • Postmaster’s legacy lasts long after he has left Earth

     Torris Little loved life.

  • Ploetner retires her pen following years of taking down history of fiscal court

     After over two decades of recording the sights and sounds and motions of Bullitt Fiscal Court members, Donna Ploetner can sit back and relax.

  • Local athletes fared well with college recruiters

     SHEPHERDSVILLE – Without a doubt, this past school year produced a record number of local athletes signing to play college sports starting in the fall.

         How do I know it is a record number? Because we’re almost to the middle of July and I am still running the stories here in The Pioneer News and have been pretty much for the past six weeks or since the end of the baseball and softball season. At one point in early June, I had a list of 15 signing stories that had been collected and not yet put in the paper.

  • Time to put all differences to side to progress

      Black and white. Vertical and horizontal. Republican and Democrat. Girls and boys. Progress and regression. Teamwork and individualism. Success and failure.