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Today's Opinions

  • Aged stories get some closure with mixed results

     Time goes quickly…most of the time.

    If you are around long enough, you have the opportunity to witness a lot of things.

    Unfortunately, there is seldom anything positive that results from these long term events.

    The most notable example is the latest resolution of the Jessica Dishon murder.

    In looking around the pool of reporters sitting in the jury box during the final sentencing of Stanley Dishon, I realized that I may have been the lone media person who covered the events from the very first day of the search.

  • BBB Hot Topics: April 2015

     See the latest scams in BBB’s April 2015 Hot Topics

    1.    Looking for last-minute Kentucky Derby and Oaks tickets? Deal with a reputable business. Check out the company at bbb.org. Also, while websites like Craigslist may have legitimate sellers, some of them are scammers. Remember, the site offers no guarantees. Tip: If you are asked to wire money, it is almost guaranteed to be a scam.

  • April Fools’ Day good for writer with comical pen

     Easter weekend and Spring Break are both fast approaching, but recent news items in Bullitt County are keeping The Pioneer News staff hopping like an Easter Bunny with an ingrown toenail.

    In local news, Bullitt Fiscal Court continues to struggle with the Bullitt County Sheriffs Office over budget numbers.

    The last argument was over a line item requesting specialized ceremonial uniforms to be worn by the sheriff and deputies only when television cameras are anticipated in the vicinity.

  • Legislators need late-night hours to finish work

     FRANKFORT– The House and Senate worked from the late night of Tuesday into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, adding an additional day to wrap up the 2015 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

     During the final hours until we adjourned around 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning, agreements were reached on several key bills including what many consider to be the top priority for this session, addressing the growing problem of heroin.

  • Who can you really trust these days?

     While recently driving around in snow and cold all week, in a vehicle without proper heat, used tires and worn windshield wipers, fighting off the pending cold that has waited months to attack me, I eat lunch at my desk.

    I take a break to clear my head, and one of the things I check is my email, where I’m informed by a friend that Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez has apologized to us.

  • Power of showing up important in education

      There is a lot of research indicating that almost all students who attend school on a regular basis attain at least adequate levels of academic success.

    When Woody Allen said “Eighty percent of success is showing up,” he wasn’t far off. 

    Obviously, we want more than 80 percent of success, but the quote and the research taken together begs the question of why students miss school and what can we, as a school system and a community of thoughtful adults, do about it. 

  • Kidsfest another good show for all ages

     With a lot of sponsors and a lot of support, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce pulled off yet another successful KidsFest.

    While we admit we had some concern over the $1 per person admission charge, there weren’t any screaming or hollering.

    The Shepherdsville Police Department softened the blow by providing funding to pay for the admission of the first 500 through the gates.

    It is these community events that need to be stressed as a way to show that Bullitt Countians can come together at times.

  • Lot of key bills left to be completed in few days

      Only two legislative days remain in the 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, and the fate of several major pieces of legislation -- including the House Majority’s efforts to shore up the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) and reduce heroin addiction -- now rest in the fate of conference committees.