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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

  • Deaths should push us to organ donations

     There once lived a girl who, despite every rock thrown her way, aimed to make the most of the life she lived. The girl had learned early just how precious life was.

    As a newborn, the girl was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes more mucus in the lungs than normal. The disease caused the girl to spend her childhood in more hospitals than playgrounds.

  • Where have we messed up in our country?

     The media is pretty important in the history of our world and it is even more important for our future.

    While community newspapers may not be at the forefront of the media issues with elected officials in Frankfort or in Washington, we are part of the profession.

    All media -- although we are a bit biased toward the print folks -- plays a vital role in the checks and balances which govern our land.

  • It Happened in JUNE

     We will be looking back 10, 30, 50, 70, and 90 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 2007, 1987, 1967, 1947, and 1927 in the month of June.

     

    2007 - 10 Years Ago

    Collectively, Herschel and Pat Ricketts, Lonnie and Myrtle Washburn, Billy and Wanda Cox, Everett and Nettie Coy, Clarence and Lillian McDonald, Donald Kenneth and Ramona June Kerr, and Bob and Jane Harned had totaled 350 years of married life as each couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

  • Honoring George W. Jackson

     George Washington Jackson was born in 1845 in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  He was the youngest son of Isaac Jackson and Matilda Spencer.  George’s father Isaac was born in 1797 in Virginia.  Isaac married Abigail Clear in 1808 in Kentucky.  Abigail was Isaac’s first wife.  She was born in 1794 and died in 1822.

  • Graduation ceremonies are all special

     Like a wedding, there can be no such thing as a bad graduation.

    As my alma mater was having an all-class reunion last Saturday, the three Bullitt County high schools were wishing the best to nearly 1,000 graduates.

    There are always special moments. That is what graduations are for.

    Superintendent Keith Davis had the chance to present his son, William, with his diploma from Bullitt East.

    School board vice chairman Darrell Colemen did the same for his niece, Annie Argenbright of Bullitt Central.

  • Guilty or not, indictments cause county great harm

     There is always that disclaimer on any indictment -- such charge does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means that a certain number of grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal trial.

    While an indictment does not mean guilt or innocence, it can bring shame.

    It can obviously bring shame to the individual indicted. Even if cleared of the allegations, the cloud is never totally lifted.

    It can also bring shame to a community.

  • Memorial Day special time

      While Memorial Day weekend was a wonderful time for gathering with family and friends for picnics, pool parties, and parades, I hope the true meaning of the event was not forgotten. 

    Memorial Day is an annual reminder of the brave men and women who have put everything on the line so we may live in freedom in the greatest nation in the world. 

    Born out of a wish to honor those who fell in the Civil War, Memorial Day serves as a nationally-recognized holiday to honor all those who have died in service of the United States.