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Today's Opinions

  • YOUR suggestion box is now open

     Here’s a new edition that will run occasionally in The Pioneer News.

    The Suggestion Box will be open to the public to give ideas. But we don’t want suggestions that my neighbor has a junk car next door. The suggestions are to be what are some ideas to help the entire community.

    We will pass those suggestions on to the proper agencies and try to do a little tracking on whether anything is done. Once again, these are to help benefit the community, in general.

    Send your suggestions to: editor@pioneernews.net

  • GOP staff spends less money

     FRANKFORT — The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after a brief organizational break, and the week has been filled with legislative meetings as well as the daily session. 

    Most importantly, when we returned we heard from Gov. Matt Bevin as he delivered the State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the House and Senate. 

    Some major items that Governor Bevin touched on in his address were the need for tax and pension reform. 

  • Governor’s speech nails issues on head

     FRANKFORT -- The hallways were packed with Kentuckians from across the state making their voices heard as we began the second part of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. 

    I was especially heartened at the passionate crowd for the Rally for Life on Wednesday, February 8, and later in the evening that energy and excitement continued during Governor Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth Address.

    Hundreds of people filled the Capitol to celebrate the sanctity of life alongside Bevin and members of the General Assembly.

  • Cities need to watch out in Frankfort

      Watch out local officials. Discussions in Frankfort seem to be in favor of taking over city government in Louisville.

    The talk is to limit the numbers of terms a candidate can serve as mayor. That would be two.

    Also, the talk is that if there is a vacancy for mayor, the governor would have the ability to fill that position.

    The governor has always had the power to replace county officials. Now, it is getting a little deeper into the cities.

  • Old Business

     SHEPHERDSVILLE – Today is another edition of an occasional column that I’ve called OLD BUSINESS.

    Why?

    Because we seem to forget as elected officials things what we’ve talked about. In other words, I’ll keep certain topics on the list until something is done.

    In the inaugural list, what about:

    *The Bullitt County Sanitation District is made up of three board members appointed by fiscal court.

  • We just need ‘more’ from government

     There’s just something missing at times when our governmental leaders do decide to make a decision.

    Let us take a few recent decisions by Bullitt Fiscal Court. 

    Not to constantly hammer on the court -- because we’re not sure they pay too much attention -- but we need to step back for just a moment.

    The planning administrator position has been open for months.

    Roanne Hammond has come out of retirement to fill the vacancy. She is an excellent person and will do a good job, as she did previously.

  • BBB Hot Topics: February 2017

     See the latest scams in BBB’s February 2017 Hot Topics

     

  • Saying Goodbye

     A goodbye to a fellow that many people may not know but it is someone who stands out in my 33-year career.

    Dennis Wilson recently passed away. To many in the Hillview governmental circle, that would be Big D.

    Dennis loved politics. He was a frequent attendee of the Hillview City Council.

    He was a big supporter of many of the governmental leaders in the city, including former mayor Leemon Powell.

    He was also a big supporter of Elise and John Spainhour and Tom Givhan.

    Dennis loved politics. He loved to make predictions.