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Today's Opinions

  • Come out and listen to views given at forum

     We’ve reached the point where signs are going up and advertisements are being placed in the local newspaper.

    We have reached the point where there is less than five weeks until the primary election on May 22.

    As a service to the public, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and The Pioneer News have partnered, with the assistance of city officials in Mount Washington, Lebanon Junction, Shepherdsville and Hillview, to host a series of forums.

  • Budget approved; awaits Bevin’s action

     Since our primary job in even-year sessions is writing a 2-year budget, many people consider April 2 the most important day we’ve had thus far.

    That was the day that, for the first time in memory House and Senate agreed on a budget and passed it to the governor in time to consider override of any vetoes he might issue.

  • The Maraman Family

     The Maraman business’s date back to the Maraman Brothers Company, serving Louisville and Shepherdsville and the firm of George W. Maraman & Sons.  In the olden days, funerals were done at the home of the deceased.  In 1940, the residence of Roy L. Maraman was used for the public and became a funeral home.

  • Waiting to see what Governor does with bills

     FRANKFORT -- The common thread binding all good legislation is that, by the time the actual vote arrives, the outcome is all but a foregone conclusion.

    It takes a lot of effort to get to that point, of course.

    Stakeholders need to be included early on, because they are the ones who will be most affected by any change, and the public must have the chance to weigh in as well.

    It’s a process that can take months, but when it works, the positive impact is measured in years.

  • County burned up usefulness of discussion on medical pot

     It was fun while it lasted but its welcome was worn out quite quickly.

    The issue on medical marijuana was a popular one in Bullitt County.

    Proponents of the medical marijuana legislation even made it to a meeting of the Fox Chase City Council -- albeit a dozen or so people present.

    This shows the commitment the cause has for the legalization of medical marijuana.

  • Chippiness needs to stop if city wants to continue movement in positive direction

     It seems like just yesterday when the Shepherdsville City Council might have been described as dysfunctional.

    Legal issues were flying. Councilmembers weren’t attending meetings. Without a quorum, meetings had to be cancelled.

    Lo and behold, we had elections. There were a majority of new councilmembers elected. A new mayor was placed into office by the voters.

    Good times seemed to be ahead.

    Well, the honeymoon lasted for awhile but things seemed to unravel at the latter part of 2017.

  • BBB Issues Warning on Local “Contractor”
  • Dog owners remember to keep pets under control to protect your mail carriers

     It’s that time of year again and the Postal Service, health care providers and animal protection professionals need your help.

    Last year, 6,244 letter carriers were bitten or attacked by dogs nationwide. But that pales in comparison to the more than 4.5 million people — most of them children and the elderly — who are bitten by dogs each year.

    You can help protect your letter carrier, meter reader, newspaper delivery person and neighbors’ children by making sure your pet is properly restrained.