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Today's Opinions

  • 15 severe weather safety tips for residents at risk

     With the slight risk of severe weather that could bring damaging winds and hail, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® offers the following 15 safety tips for residents to stay safe if the power goes out and hail falls.

    Power Outage Safety

    1. Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles if the power goes out as they pose a fire hazard.

  • Best of Paul Coyle

     This Coyle's Corner, originally published June 30, 2010, was a classic Coyle tongue-and-cheek look at politics in the media, focusing on an Independence Day visit by Rand Paul to Bullitt County.

    The Pioneer News wishes everyone a fun and safe Independence Day weekend and holiday.

  • What will the final six months bring to county?

     At the first of each year, people like to prognosticate on what will happen for the new year.

    Sometimes those predictions are accurate. Sometimes they are not.

    Now that we’ve cut out the first six months of 2014, maybe we can sharpen our scope and see what happens for the final half-dozen months.

    First, we have the election fields narrowed down with a flurry of primary races decided in May.

    It was the first time there were more Republican primary races than Democratic contests in Bullitt County history.

  • BBB Hot Topics: July 2014

    Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s July 2014 Hot Topics!
     
    1.    BBB is receiving calls from local consumers saying they are getting calls from themselves! Scammers are using Spoofing Technology to impersonate businesses, police departments, and your own number! The technology is used to get victims to pick up the phone when they normally wouldn’t answer an unfamiliar number. Victims report the scammers are trying to get their personal information.

  • Supreme Court made right call on smoking ban

     There’s nothing like a massive sinkhole opening up and swallowing eight prized sports cars at the National Corvette Museum to increase ticket sales. Attendance at the Bowling Green attraction is up by as much as 70 percent during some recent months compared to a year ago.

    And, there’s nothing like a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court on issues even remotely related to smoking bans to stir the passions of a commonwealth raised on tobacco.

  • Every day should celebrate independence

     FRANKFORT – We are only a few days away from marking the 238th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, when a young nation stood up against the oppression of the British Monarchy and sought to create a country ‘for the people, and by the people.’

    While July 4th is a time for us to reflect on the formation of the United States and the ups and downs of remaining the one true free nation in the world, we must sometimes wonder if the meaning of the day gets lost in cookouts and fireworks.

  • County must have method to ways they contribute to organizations

     County government is not an endless coffer to fund worthy organizations.

    But that doesn’t mean there might not be a way to properly, and fairly, distribute funds.

    The past two county attorneys have been very clear in their interpretation of the law - tax dollars can not simply be given out to groups as a donation.

    Any such appropriation of funds must be accompanied by a contract or agreement stating what services of value will be provided to the county in exchange for the contribution.

  • Budget worries must be talked about earlier in process

     It is like studying for a final exam. You knew the date months ago when you received the syllabus from the teacher. 

    Yet, you procrastinate.

    Procrastination is pretty common. Writers do it all the time.

    However, when you are an elected official who is in charge of the taxpayers’ purse strings, procrastination can be an ugly thing. 

    More than anything, it can be very unpredictable.