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Today's Opinions

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Court members can get along when playing game of 'committee chairs'

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Who says the fiscal court members can’t play well together? Especially in this time of love - Valentine Day.

    They played a game of musical chairs last week after a discussion arose over the legality of committee meetings and who could attend.

    Last year, the fiscal court officially set committees to deal with the budget, personnel, infrastructure and contracts. Joe Laswell and Eddie Bleemel sat on the budget/personnel committees with David Walker and Buddy Shepherd on the other two.

  • Council must look at all sides of deannexation

        When the move was made over 10 years ago, some questioned the need to annex along Highway 1020 to reach a business over seven miles away.

        The reason was simple - the business owner needed to get a rezoning to maintain and to expand a quarry operation and the city of Shepherdsville didn't mind picking up the added revenue for little extra expense.

        Since that occurred, many things have happened and the latest is a proposal to remove the 128-acre quarry from the city's corporate boundaries.

  • Proposal would help to fix unemployment

        FRANKFORT - Although a lot of work remains, the Kentucky House of Representatives moved the budget process forward significantly last week when the chamber’s leaders unveiled a proposal to overcome the $1.2 billion deficit the state faces during the next two years.

        Our plan calls for living within our means, without any new taxes.  It does not require the steep cuts many states have made, and it continues protecting those core services like education, Medicaid and our safety.

  • Energy program provides added education funds

        To have the governor of the Commonwealth in your community is normally a good thing.

        Barring natural disasters, governors visit with their entourage to spread good news.

        On Monday, Roby Elementary was the site of Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest visit.

        He wasn’t bringing one of those oversized checks to Bullitt County. But he was here to announce a stimulus grant for $4.75 million to a program that Bullitt County has been a part of for several years.

  • State spending plan takes shape

    FRANKFORT - As this holiday-shortened week wore on, legislative leaders began hinting at the outline and shape of a spending plan that would indeed, as speculated, count on additional federal stimulus dollars, along with certain targeted cuts, to spare elementary and secondary education of essential-funding reductions and bring manageable order to a state budget facing a billion-dollar shortfall or worse.

  • Proposal would help to fix unemployment

        FRANKFORT - Each legislative session, the General Assembly spends much of its time focusing on three areas: education, the economy and public protection.

        It was the latter two that generated the most discussion in the state House last week.

  • Insight into the school closing decision

        If my recollection serves me, it is sweeps month for television viewership. If that still be the case, look for a lot of investigations.

        Was interested to see that one station is doing an investigation on Thursday over the decision to open or to close schools due to inclement weather.

        I’ll tape it (or whatever we do in this day and time) because I hope to gain some insight.