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Today's Opinions

  • Whatever happened to hiring best for the job?

     Sometimes there are things that hit you the wrong way.

    As much as we have heard about Jefferson County education woes, something hit me the other day.

    Saw in a story in The Courier Journal about the need to diversify the teaching forces.

    With 52 percent of the students in the very large school system listed as minorities, I understand it.

    There is a need for role models.

    There is a need for students of all types of minority to see teachers of their own to be in the classroom and in administrative positions.

  • You can bank on financial, funding information

     How much does a school system need to do a great job providing opportunities for all our kids?

    That is a very difficult question and I’m sure there are a wide variety of answers crossing thousands of minds as this is being read.

    Part of your thought process depends on whether or not you have kids in the schools, if you ever had kids in public schools, how you liked school yourself, and even your own level of education and employment. 

  • Christmas season comes around much too early

     It comes earlier every year. 

    Yes, you know what I’m talking about --Christmas.

    Now I am by no means in any way a Grinch (I have a lot of wonderful Christmas memories of my own), but it bothers me how commercialized the season has become.

    I keep thinking back to the Charlie Brown Christmas episode where he has to be taught what the true meaning of Christmas is amid all the hustle-and-bustle. 

  • LIHEAP subsidy program to help low-income households in need of energy assistance

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. began the “Subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that provides heating assistance to eligible households on November 3rd, 2014.

    The significant cost of energy to heat homes leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!

  • Affordable home insulation tips

     Freezing weather predicted over the next few days is a good reminder to prepare for winter.

    Frozen pipes are the second most common cause of home insurance claims in the U.S. according to the Insurance Information Institute. Pipes that are either inadequately insulated or exposed to outside temperatures can freeze, rupture, and cause costly damage.

  • Taking look back at elections; next cycle will come quickly

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Any illusions that President Barack Obama was going to be on the ballot in the November 2014 general election were wrong.

    In fact, the number of straight ticket voters grew on Tuesday when compared to mid-term elections four years ago.

    That did not bode well for local candidates who might have had a “D” behind their name.

    Of the 24,619 who cast ballots in Bullitt County, 8,764 darkened the straight-ticket box on the ballot.

  • Get questions on fire district done, then move on

      The time has come to either extinguish the fire or to bring on the heat.

    For years, people have questioned the arrangement at Southeast Bullitt Fire and Rescue and its corporation. And, for years, the district continues to field  from the community.

    Now, questions railed by commissioner Dan Thibideaux made it to Bullitt Fiscal Court and then on the county’s You Tube account.

    The allegations, which have all been refuted by the district’s attorney, seem very serious.

  • CHFS urges pregnancy flu shots

     Pregnancy can increase the risk for complications from influenza (flu), such as pneumonia, making it even more important for expectant mothers to get a flu vaccination.