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Today's Opinions

  • Budget committee should continue its work year-round

    Bullitt Fiscal Court felt that the upcoming budget would be a difficult one due to the economic shortfalls in several revenue-generating areas.

    While a committee worked on the budget last year, the process incorporated this time around was much better.

    The meetings were planned in advance and members of the public were even invited to attend. Not only is this a better atmosphere, it is also the legal way to conduct committee meetings.

  • Bullitt Lick process works to perfection

    When a reporter from The Pioneer News shows up at a school-based council meeting, it usually isn’t good.

    Not that we wouldn’t like to attend every school’s council meetings but manpower doesn’t allow that to happen.

    When we do, a problem has normally arisen.

    Bullitt Lick Middle tackled a very interesting issue lately - whether it should change its name.

    This could be a very emotional issue both for those who attend the school now and those who have attends since its opening over 30 years ago.

  • Three graduates will be perfect employees in future

    Over the past week, graduates from the four Bullitt County high schools have been honored.

    Many have stood as their accomplishments were recognized. There was academic achievement. Athletic skill was honored. And those who excelled in extracurricular activities were honored.

    But maybe three graduates accomplished one of the greatest achievements in the Class of 2009.

    I would add my special salute to Hanna Scott and Jacob Corley, both of North Bullitt, and Ericka Nutt of Bullitt East.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • The time has come to move to next stage

    Within the next few days, graduates from the four Bullitt County public high schools will walk across the stage.

    They will be leaving one place in their lives and moving toward another.

    It’s a tough time in the world today.

    The job market is tight.

    Post-secondary education is becoming more expensive by the day.

    The military is a dangerous option but one that is so important.

    So why should the members of the Class of 2009 be optimistic?

    America is still the land of opportunity.

  • General Assembly called back to work

    FRANKFORT - Earlier this month, when Governor Beshear announced he would be calling legislators to Frankfort, he put four sizable issues on our agenda: Overcome a billion-dollar shortfall; find a way to fund “mega” road projects; re-write many of our economic-development incentives; and help our signature horse industry.

    Although most of those had been debated just a few months ago in our regular legislative session, that didn’t mean finding common ground between the House of Representatives and the Senate would be easy.

  • Planning key to avoiding dry ground at pools

    Bullitt County government loses several thousand dollars each week that it operates swimming pools at its four locations.

    This year, the losses will be less as only one pool - behind Maryville Elementary - appears ready to meet the new federal safety standards and will open sometime this week.

    With only one pool open, it will provide a bit of insight on whether people will travel several miles to take advantage of the county facility.

    It would also provide a bit of leverage for a group looking to open a single indoor swimming facility.

  • Changing of name won't solve issues

    For years, Bullitt Lick Middle School had a nickname that wasn’t the kindest of monikers.

    There is a proposal now to change the school’s name and maybe even its mascot and colors. This is not the right way to reach the desired results.

    Kids will be kids and they probably have nicknames for all their rival schools.

    However, for the past 33 years, Bullitt Lick has been a part of the community.

    Yes, it has suffered through some tough educational times but simply changing a name will not erase any or all of the school’s history.