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Today's Opinions

  • County must do something to curb dropouts

    On Aug. 11 my editor, fellow staff writer and I visited most of Bullitt County’s 23 public schools for the first day of the new school year.

    Most of the schools I cover are in the east end so I started my first-first day of school as the newest reporter with The Pioneer News at Bullitt East taking pictures of students, faculty and staff before the bell rang.

    As I wandered the crowded front lobby searching for the perfect photo opportunities, I found myself looking back on the time I spent at BE as a student not so long ago.

  • To smoke or not to smoke, that is the question

    Throw out the statistics.

    Throw out the logic.

    It’s time for a good, old fashioned debate just about election time.

    A study conducted by the University of Kentucky shows that second-hand smoke is quite prevalent in public places in Bullitt County.

    Probably no big shock.

    However, when communities get upset when government leaders save them money by hiring a single sanitation contractor, what would be the reaction if they imposed a smoking ban in restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues?

    We are about to find out.

  • Something 'fishy' about deaths on Salt River banks

        Recent numbers of dead fish found in the Salt River have become a barracuda of a problem during an important election year.

        Kentucky Fish and Wildlife representatives said the cause of the fish deaths was a result of natural causes based on weather conditions.

        The majority of the fish affected were Asian carp and paddlefish.

        Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts declared “a day of mourning for the paddlefish, followed by a night of evening.”

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  • WE principles form country, visionaries are needed

        In reflecting upon the editor’s suggestion of forming the WE Party, I thought about our past political leaders and their political party affiliations. If I could guide the founding of the party of WE I would want it to embody the spirit of a Jefferson Democrat and a Lincoln Republican; a Teddy Roosevelt Republican and an FDR Democrat; an Eisenhower Republican and a JFK Democrat.

  • Closed sessions only good when used for proper areas of law

        The media hates executive sessions, a nice way of saying our government leaders are hid away behind closed doors.

        Of course, the media isn’t pleased in judicial settings when judges and attorneys talk at the bench and we can’t hear them.

        But, journalists are resigned to the fact that under certain specific situations, elected officials have the right to discuss things as a group in private.

  • We're 10 percent finished with 21st Century

        In the “education industry,” we have begun to hear a great deal about preparing students for the future and equipping every student with 21st Century Skills.

        There has long been a great debate among educational philosophers about exactly what to teach, and how it should be taught.

  • Get involved in your school system in 2010

        The school year is upon us. Whether your child or grandchild is in the public or private sector, classes will be beginning in the next few weeks.

        At no time in our history are we asking more of our teachers, our administrators and our students. We are also asking more of our parents and guardians.

        As the country shifts from manufacturing to service to technology, our educational system has had to change. We all know that change is not easy.