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Today's Opinions

  • Santa Barr brings a few gifts for local officials

     Like so many things that come just once a year, it is time for ole’ Santa Barr to take over this space.

    Leaving the lyrics and humor to staff writer Stephen Thomas, this year Santa Barr will try to present a few gifts to local officials and leaders. All will be genuine; some will be spiced with a bit of bite.

    To all the newly-elected public officials - an olive branch, a little time reading through the pages of The Pioneer News and a peck of patience.

  • A little lyrical holiday humor for Bullitt County

     Pie-Near News, Pie-Near News, it’s the thing to read!

    We’ve got all the stories that the Bullitt Countians need, hey!

    Pie-Near New, Pie-Near News, we have all that stuff!

    So get a new subscription and be happy, sure enough!

     

    We talk Fiscal Court, and councils we report.

    And no one can forget: Mike Farner does the sports.

    We go to all the schools, see po-lice catching fools

  • Giving gift of prosperity to Kentucky

     FRANKFORT - As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

    The Christmas season always evokes a spirit of thankfulness and giving, when families come together to celebrate the reason for the season.

    And the New Year’s holiday is often a time to start with a slate clean, hopefulness toward starting something new like giving up smoking or losing weight.

    In this holiday season for the Commonwealth we can be thankful in some ways, but in others we are hoping for a new start.

  • Those who serve deserve bit of praise as they depart offices

     Every few years, there is a changing of the guard.

    With our political cycle, there will be those who step away voluntarily or have the voters decide that it is time for a change.

    We are approaching the end of the line in this particular political cycle for some of our elected officials.

    For all of the good and for all of the bad that happens in Bullitt County, those who decide to devote time to public service are doing it for the right reason.

  • Mount Washington has the right sign

     What is one thing most politicians will talk about in their campaigns?

    Beautification.

    What is the one thing that most often gets ignored once that politician is elected to office?

    Beautification.

    While we are not sure all the language in the Mount Washington proposal to ramp up expectations for signage is good, we applaud the effort.

    Drive through the community. What do you see? A lot of junk.

    As a newspaper, it is difficult to champion the cause in limiting outdoor advertising. We get that.

  • BBB Tips on Charitable Giving During the Holidays

     Many people support their favorite charities all year long, however, some wait until the holiday season to donate. BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky offers some DOs and DON’Ts that apply year-round when it comes to charitable giving.

  • Twas the Night Before Christmas

     Twas the night before Christmas,

    He lived all alone,

    In a one bedroom house made of 

    Plaster and stone.

    I had come down the chimney

    With presents to give,

    And to see just who

    In this home did live,

    I looked all about, 

    A strange sight I did see, 

    No tinsel, No presents, 

    Not even a tree,

    No stocking by the mantle,

    Just boots filled with sand,

    On the wall hung pictures

    Off far distant lands.

  • Opinions must be heard if you don’t like request for surcharge

     The 700-plus customers of the Hunters Hollow sewer treatment system in northern Bullitt County better have some pretty broad shoulders.

    Since late March, the treatment facility off East Blue Lick Road has been operational only due to the use of a temporary system.

    A major collapse of the system has caused for Bullitt Utilities to do some thinking about its future.

    Do you rebuild the existing plant?

    Do you try to contract with another entity to take over the crippled system?

    Do you just run away as quickly as you can?