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Today's Opinions

  • City officials looking down barrel at very tough spot

    Welcome to life on the Shepherdsville City Council. And, by the way, in your first six weeks in office, you have a multi-million dollar project to decide upon.

    And, worse than that, the decision is worth a whole lot more than simply an expansion and upgrade of your sewer infrastructure.

    For nearly a year, Shepherdsville officials have been talking with various entities.

    Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont has its own package sewer treatment plant. Under the proposal, the company would give up its plant and hook up to the city’s expanded system.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • No days off as legislative session remains very active

    Although the General Assembly did not meet last week because of the Presidents’ Day holiday and a four-day recess, the halls of the Capitol were anything but quiet.

    Many of the House and Senate committees took this time to debate bills likely to come up before we complete the 2009 Regular Session next month.

    On Wednesday, for example, the House’s Judiciary Committee voted in favor of legislation that would keep judges from granting shock probation to those who have been convicted of killing someone while driving under the influence.

  • Bills would make elections more accountable

    FRANKFORT – Last week, as the 2009 Session resumed, we passed or moved along bills aimed at holding your government and electoral processes visible and publically accountable, from campaigns to officeholders to lobbyists.

    Senate Bill 62, which we passed this week, calls for more frequent reporting of campaign contributions and also directs that these reports be filed electronically in races for state office.

  • Day proved to be a true learning experience

    Madison Brady is a fourth grade student at St Joseph Elementary in Bardstown.

    We first met when I was in Betty Carol Riley’s classroom last fall talking about America’s system of government – a Representative Democracy.

    Madison listened closely, especially when I said that any of them could come up and be a Page in the Capitol during a legislative session.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Stimulus great plan but must be realistic

    Wouldn’t it be great if Bullitt County’s $49 million wish list could all get funded?

    Well, yes it would.

    However, we all know that won’t happen.

    The package submitted by the county judge and the various cities has a lot of worthwhile projects, some of which have already been in the funding cycle previously.

    The governmental bodies who have their projects ready to go will be the main benefactors of whatever Congress decides to do on the economic stimulus plan.

  • Stress and heart disease

    What does too much stress do to your heart?

    Stress in itself is not unhealthy. Stress is just your body’s response to any physical or emotional demand.

    But too much unrelieved stress can lower your body’s resistance to disease, contribute to disorders such as stomach ailments and insomnia, and may cause changes in the body’s chemistry that can directly affect your heart health.

    The stress response is your body’s physical reaction to a stressful situation.