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Today's Opinions

  • County loses pair of different leaders

     As I do on an occasional basis, we try to salute some of those who have left Earth but not without making an impact on their community.

    While on a short vacation, I learned that two pillars in the community -- Tom Jasper and Jim Enlow -- passed away.

    While at the newspaper the past 34 years, I didn’t have the opportunity to have many direct dealings with Jasper.

    However, the resume was impressive and his impact upon the community, especially in Mount Washington, could not be questioned.

  • City needs to clean up its delinquent trash bills

     It is a bit embarrassing to learn that a company that is providing a service to the residents of Shepherdsville must file a lawsuit in order to recover nearly $150,000 in unpaid garbage bills.

    OK, the dispute between the city of Shepherdsville and Eco-Tech must be more than a simple opening paragraph in an editorial.

    Or, maybe it isn’t.

    For at least the past three mayors, there has been an issue. The city is required to take steps to collect delinquent bills for the garbage company.

  • Tremendous challenges in Frankfort

     I hope that you and your family are doing well as we prepare to close out the month of July. 

    I have been very busy since the legislature adjourned back on March 30. I have attended many meetings and events in House District 53 as well as our Joint Interim Committee Meetings in the General Assembly.

    I have received many calls, letters and emails on a variety of issues, but without a doubt the discussion has primarily been on the possibility of a special session being called by Governor Bevin.

  • Commercial growth can enhance county

     When are we going to get another sit-down restaurant?

    Why can’t we have a major mall in Bullitt County?

    Both are questions asked at political forums, as well as whenever the county’s economic development director enters a room.

    The focus on EDA has been industrial and light industrial growth. 

    Location remains a key factor and Bullitt County has that.

  • County finally looking at way it pays staff

     You had to dig a little into the recently adopted budget to find some of the changes in salaries for county employees.

    And, for others, it was pretty transparent.

    No matter the way it was done, Bullitt Fiscal Court took an important step in dealing with a common problem -- turnover.

    Turnover has been a tremendous issue for departments such as EMS and Central Dispatch.

  • Aquatic views shouldn’t sink possible center

     A research firm should be wrapping up a survey of over 600 county residents.

    The question is their opinion on a new aquatic center in Bullitt County.

    As the aging county pools are slowly being closed, the decision is whether to sink more money into making costly repairs on very old facilities or to participate in an indoor facility.

    Tough decision as such facilities are costly to build but even more costly to maintain. To simply build it and they will come is not always a guarantee.

  • Home on the mountain top where the Holsclaws lived

     Mountain Top is a portion of Bullitt County located now as property of Fort Knox. 

    Mountain Top is the highest elevation on Fort Knox and the most easterly high point hill known as Dawson Knob.

    It also, is south side of the Salt River between Bardstown Junction on the east side and Pitts Point on the west side being  at the junction of the Salt and Rolling rivers. 

    The station that was about 9 meters south of the road along the top of the ridge was the land belonging to William Holsclaw.

  • Finding solution to growing homeless issue serious one

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - At a time when the United States of America celebrates the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, Bullitt County still continues to scratch its collective head on what to do with those in a land not free, existing bravely without a home.

    In an attempt to alleviate the homeless problem in the county, a collection of civic-minded individuals initially gathered to discuss the situation and determine a solution.

    That meeting resulted in numerous solutions made by numerous individuals and organizations.