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Today's Opinions

  • Tennis community losing a dear friend at month's end

    It’s more than a gathering place for the liar’s club.

    It’s been more than a place to simply show off your athletic abilities by hitting a little yellow ball across a net.

    It’s been a community of people from all walks of life.

    It’s been Fern Valley Tennis Club.

    For the past 34 years, the eight courts (and sometimes a ninth one) have been home to thousands of people. It has been a home away from home, a place to meet others and even a place to share a few adult beverages.

  • County must look closely at tax issue

    There is not one individual who would support a tax increase.

    At the same time, few would want to see their government services cut.

    Local government agencies are not as privileged as the federal government. Simply printing more money is not an option.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court members will have an opportunity on Sept. 1 to determine its real property tax rate.

    In just brief conversations on Tuesday, it appeared there might be a possibility that court members could support a slight increase in the rate.

  • Look outside the box great on MW issue

    While not arguing the merits of the proposal, we applaud the effort by Mount Washington councilmembers Dale Walter, Dennis Griffin and Larry Porter to deal with a tough issue.

    Mount Washington must build a new sewage treatment plant.

    And, to pay the debt service, the city needs additional revenue.

    Under the current plan, water and sewer fees have risen 17.5 percent and look to increase by the same number next year.

  • Latest zoning proposal way out of MW box

    Way outside the box.

    That’s the only way to describe a proposal in Mount Washington to rezone a stretch along both sides of Highway 44 from the eastern to the western corporate limits of Mount Washington.

    The proposal would rezone all that property to B-1 Highway Business.

    As observers to the growth in the county over the past 20 years will recognize, there have indeed been many rezonings to commercial classifications along all parts of Highway 44.

  • MAPping path to excellence

    As we start a new school year, I want to take the opportunity to share with you news of a large step forward in our quest to improve student learning outcomes in Bullitt County.

    For the past two years, the school district has used the ThinkLink assessments three times each year to predict how our students would perform on the state assessment and to pinpoint particular academic areas in which a student needs additional assistance.

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  • Court lacks courage on tax decision

    It is not the first time it has happened and it will not be the last. But it should be.

    Three members of the Bullitt Fiscal Court voted against a small increase in the real property tax rate. Two members voted in favor.

    The initial consensus is that the public would find disfavor in County Judge Melanie Roberts and magistrate David Walker for voting to increase the property tax by $2 for a $100,000 home.

    But we beg to differ.

  • Accreditation result of many years of work

    It was discussed over five years ago and it has finally been accomplished by the Shepherdsville Police Department.

    The agency has been designated as one of about 90 departments in Kentucky to have met the 167 standards for accreditation.

    It has taken a while as administrations have changed, as well as leadership of the department. But the Kentucky Association of Police Chiefs bestowed the honor upon the department on Monday night in a ceremony before the city council.