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Today's Opinions

  • Smokers can, do quit smoking

     Many adult smokers started as teenagers due to peer pressure - to look “cool” or to look older.  For most, those reasons no longer exist. 

    As reported in a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, nearly 7 out of every 10 (68%) current U.S. adult cigarette smokers state that they wanted to quit tobacco completely. Since 2002, the number of former smokers has been greater than the number of current smokers (CDC). 

  • BBB warns of Hurricane Harvey scams

     With the effects of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Texas, many people are opening their hearts and wallets to try to help the victims in the area. Unfortunately, events like these provide an opportunity for scammers.

  • Eclipse Day becomes new holiday

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - One week prior to the much-anticipated total solar eclipse of 2017, Bullitt County’s school board voted unanimously Monday night to make Aug. 21 a professional development day, allowing all students and teachers a day off to enjoy the event.

    Many children and teachers throughout the county celebrated with eagerness to partake of the major weather event. But not everyone in the county is happy, with one local resident protesting both the event and the school board’s decision.

  • Hospital real priority for Bullitt County

     I have heard from many constituents throughout Bullitt County and the western portion of Jefferson County concerned that we do not have a hospital in our district, and I share that concern. 

    Bullitt County, currently at a population of 80,000 people, is projected to grow to a population of over 100,000 people in the next ten years. 

    The county is the fastest-growing in our state, and yet, we do not have a hospital in the vicinity to serve these ever-growing needs. 

  • 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

  • BBB: Phony Landlords Rent Too-Good-to-Be-True Apartments

      Looking for an apartment? Watch out for this con using the Airbnb name. Phony landlords post photos of too-good-to-be-true rentals and claim the property will be managed by Airbnb. In reality, both the property and the relationship with Airbnb are fake.

    How the Scam Works

  • Transportation needs must be met

     FRANKFORT — As a conservative, I believe in a limited government, and a government that is efficient and effective with its citizens hard-earned tax dollars.

    However, it is vital that both the federal and state government keeps their promises on one of government’s core functions: our transportation infrastructure.

  • District has made strides under Davis’ leadership

     It is not unusual. In fact, it is pretty common.

    The tenure of school superintendents is usually not a long one.

    The days of a Frank Hatfield serving for decades is not the norm.

    Some of it is caused by poor academic performances of a district. Like a head coach, the superintendent bears the brunt of that performance.

    Some of it is caused by superintendents moving to a more lucrative situation.

    And some of it is caused by superintendents who make decisions that upset a majority of school board members.