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Today's Opinions

  • USDA Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Severe Winter Weather

     WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast due to the forecast for severe winter conditions.

  • Winter weather poses numerous health threats

     FRANKFORT – With low temperatures and snowy conditions around the state, many Kentuckians could be exposed to harsh winter elements. To prepare for these conditions, Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials are emphasizing the importance of limiting exposure to the cold and taking other necessary steps to prevent hypothermia. Meanwhile, parents and caregivers of infants are also advised to follow safe sleep practices to keep infants warm, in order to help prevent injury or infant deaths.

  • Snow day decisions are no fun

     Among the several responsibilities that the Board of Education  has delegated to me as BCPS superintendent is the decision to close school when necessary for student safety. 

    At any meeting of state superintendents, especially during the winter months, the topic of school closings and the lamenting of the no-win nature of the decision in many -- if not most -- cases when the decision has to be made is a regular topic of conversations in the hallways. 

  • Felony expungements studied

     While our main responsibility this 60-day session rests with creating the state’s next two-year spending plan, each meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly brings with it a vigorous discussion of issues, both old and new. This 2016 session is no exception.

    For almost 15 years, the legislature has considered expungement legislation. Often, what begins as a youthful mistake for these individuals becomes a life sentence as opportunities for employment, education and housing disappear with the acknowledgement of a past felony conviction.

  • Politics aside, fiscal court has two major decisions

     Bullitt Fiscal Court members have two very big decisions on their plates for early 2016.

    One has garnered much publicity and the other not as much.

    First, the county must make a decision on the future of its public pool system.

    Managed under contract by the Bullitt County Family YMCA, the pool at Bullitt Central has repairs of around $200,000. If they are not done, the pool will not open.

    That news hit the public in November, three months after county officials were apparently notified.

  • MW leaders take refreshing action in zoning request

     Kudos to the Mount Washington City Council.

    Is the reason for a pat on the back for something monumental? No.

    We commend the council for taking the people of the community to heart before making a decision.

    The most personal of decisions any govenrmental agency may make is a zoning request.

    Many affect few. Some affect many.

  • Many big issues for legislators to tackle in ‘16

     I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season and a happy New Year. 

    A new year also means a new legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Tuesday, January 5, marked the beginning of a 60-day session that will run through mid-April. In this session, we hope to address the numerous important issues facing our state, keeping the common theme of creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families.

  • Exciting time as legislative session gets underway

     Like the first day back to school, the first week of any new legislative session brings mixed emotions -- anticipation and excitement, apprehension and hope. 

    To me, it’s also an exceptionally humbling time as I consider the great responsibility you have vested in me as your representative for the 49th District.

    I serve in Frankfort to be an active, accessible voice for the people of Bullitt County and this 2016 session of the Kentucky General Assembly will be no exception.