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Today's Opinions

  • A casual look at the first six months

     On Monday, you got a chance to look at several of the top, top stories of the past year.

    Over the next two Wednesdays, we’ll take a casual look at some of the headlines that hit the front pages of The Pioneer News.

    When looking back, it is hard to believe how many things actually occurred.

    The first headline dealt with the Southeast Bullitt Fire conflict. I guess it was a busy year when the years-long battle between the fire district board and the fire department didn’t make the top list.

  • Lack of any elections may give chance to focus on issues

     In all practicality, there is never a time when there isn’t an election looming for somebody.

    But, for 2017, there will be no elections on the ballot in Bullitt County -- or Kentucky, for that matter.

    Why is that important?

    It should give elected officials at least a few months before they start worrying about how their decisions will affect their next test from the voters.

    Ok, so what does that mean to us, the people?

  • Bullitt Countians show their caring acts during 2016

     Bullitt County is a caring community.

    Look past the negative. This community will always rise to the top when the need is there.

    During the past month, you’ve seen numerous stories and pictures about the generosity of this community. Young and old, the community has come forward to provide some of our less fortunate a brighter Christmas celebration.

    None of the donors are seeking praise or recognition. They are doing it because they want to.

  • BBB Hot Topics: January 2017

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

    1. A local consumer reported almost falling victim to a Craigslist scam involving a “too good to be true” deal on a car for sale. The scammer said she was in the military and needed to sell the vehicle quickly because she was being deployed. She requested payment with gift cards through the fake “Amazon Payment” program.

  • Coming Soon -- Talks on Charter Schools

     Charter schools.  

    We have all heard the statistics and the arguments.  Forty-three states have approved charter schools in one form or another.

    I have written about charters in this space before and my position is and has always been that I am not in favor of any particular organizational structure to educate kids; I am in favor of educating our kids, period.  

    Now that no legislative barrier blocks the passage of a charter school law, our attention needs to turn to the particulars. 

  • County will be part of national look at Dishons

     From the day of the mass search for a missing teenager to the final sentencing of the uncle who would admit heinous crimes against family members, there was probably only one media member who was there.

    At every one of the painful hearings. At the jury trial of another individual. At the press conferences when a family was desperately seeking help.

    Little did they, or the world, know that the person responsible for the death of Jessica Dishon in 1999 was also responsible for the sexual abuse of others, including family members.

  • Mary Trunnell had very exciting life

     Mary Elizabeth Trunnell was born in 1849 in Bullitt County, Kentucky. 

    She was the daughter of Henry Trunnell and Mary Jane Field Bowman.  Her father Henry Trunnell was born in 1817 in Montgomery County, Maryland.  He married in 1838 to his first wife Louisa Grable.  

    They had a son who was Phillip G. Trunnell.  Louisa divorced Henry in 1848 and remarried her neighbor leaving their son to be raised by their father.

    Henry remarried in November 1848, to Mary Jane Field Bowman.

  • Big dose of leadership best gift for county crew

      It is that time each year where we send a few gifts to individuals and agencies in Bullitt County.

    In the past, Santa Barr has tried to mix a little humor into his gifts. But, we’ll leave the humor to much more skilled writers than myself.

    Besides, there are serious times and that calls for serious discussions.

    First, the members of Bullitt Fiscal Court need to wish for, and receive, a big dose of leadership.