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Today's Opinions

  • Hurry, hurry don't be late to file papers

    The deadline is approaching to those who wish to throw their hats into the political ring.

    The county clerk’s office will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Unless you plan on participating in select non-partisan races, your opportunity to join the process will be over.

    So many people will gripe about government but will fail to do anything about it. Some won’t even go to vote on election.

    The best way to be part of the solution is to be part of the system. However, that is not always possible for a person to do that.

  • New Year Baby Barr hopes you find something to believe in for 2010

    The holiday season is at the mid-way point.

    Christmas has come and gone and the New Year is quickly approaching.

    Since Santa Barr was rooted out of his normal newsprint space by the clever, but windy, Stephen Thomas, there were no “gifts” handed out to local officials.

    Instead, it will be New Year Baby Barr who will have to recap the past year and make a few resolutions for the upcoming year.

    Most should be taken with a proverbial grain of salt, although there are probably a few pieces of truth in many of them.

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  • Waiting is a tough virtue to have

    The waiting game.

    I’ve never been good at it.

    Patience is not a virtue.

    But you learn to adapt in certain situations.

    For example, when a governmental body goes behind closed doors to talk about litigation, potential litigation, what they perceive to be possible litigation, personnel issues, land acquisition and collective bargaining issues.

    And whatever other issues may arise, which aren’t legal but seldom proven.

    The audience has little to do but to mill around, share a few rumors and maybe pick up a tidbit of information.

  • Governor Beshear issues ban on text messaging by state employees driving government vehicles

    FRANKFORT – With families preparing to hit the road for the holidays, Governor Steve Beshear joined Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock today to announce an innovative step toward ensuring the safety of Kentucky drivers.

    In response to the growing number of drivers who text-message while driving, Gov. Beshear launched his Eyes on the Road effort - an executive order prohibiting text messaging by state employees who are driving government-owned vehicles

  • Cities will put doors off limits to solicitation under provision

    The reasons are varied but the bottom line is that there might be fewer solicitors knocking on doors in several northern Bullitt County communities.

    And it poses an interesting dilemma for people who make a practice of soliciting door-to-door.

    The cities of Hillview, Hebron Estates and Fox Chase are in the midst of passing ordinances that would place some stiff standards on for-profit operations that like to knock on doors.

    The school groups, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other non-profit groups will be OK.

    Others may not be so lucky.

  • Legislators must look for budget solutions

    Our first coffee for this year is Saturday at the C & C Restaurant, just off Louisville Road across from Busy Bee.  We’ll be there at 10:00 and continue for an hour or so.  I’ll bring information on bills that have been filed, but we can talk about anything you’d like. These are great meetings, my chance for one-on-one with you. I’ve always encouraged you to call me at home or in Frankfort and I’m sincere about that.

    These Saturday gatherings might be even better. The coffee is free, and I hope to see you there.