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Today's Opinions

  • Benjamin Wigginton fought in Civil War

     The Wigginton family came from Virginia into Kentucky.  Benjamin Wigginton’s grandfather was Seth Wigginton.  Seth Wigginton was born in 1770 in Virginia.  He married Elizabeth Clarke in 1790. 

    They had several children.  In 1810, Seth and his family moved from Virginia to the area of Bardstown, Kentucky.  Then in 1820, Seth’s residence was in Bullitt County.  Seth died in 1850 in Bullitt County, Kentucky at the age of 80 years old.

  • Holiday season perfect time to get involved in community

     This is the season that drives Santa and newspaper photographers a little crazy. For the next three weeks, both will be flying around from one holiday event to another.

    The cities of Hillview and Lebanon Junction have kicked off their holiday seasons.

    Shepherdsville and Mount Washington will light up for the season this Friday evening.

    In addition, every school will have at least one event geared to the holiday season. And many of these events will allow the public an opportunity to see what’s going on.

  • Use energy to find way to aid all homeless

     Very rarely will I share my opinions to people outside of my closest inner circle. Unless it’s something obvious like tacos are the best food or fall is clearly the superior season, I try to stay away from the arguments that come from people who don’t know me well enough to understand my side of a situation and vice versa.

    But the news of potential new Syrian refugees coming to the country is something that is a lot harder to keep quiet about.

  • Rising injection drug use sparks Hepatitis C cases

     Injection drug use, especially heroin, is skyrocketing in the United States, and among the many disastrous consequences is an increase in people infected with Hepatitis C. 

    Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that can cause liver disease, cirrhosis, cancer, and death.  For some people, infection may cause a short illness.  However, 70-85% of people with Hepatitis C go on to develop chronic infection.

  • Skip the Turkey on Thanksgiving

     While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life.

    And here are some good reasons:

    *You can brag about pardoning a turkey - like Obama.

    *You truly are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball”?

    *Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

    *You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

  • Loss of a great team member

     Frank and Margaret Hatfield have been community service leaders for as long as most of us remember.

    Bullitt County never had a better known and loved couple around the state of Kentucky.

    With the passing of Frank, we lost half of a rare and wonderful team -- both AARP volunteers.

    We share Margaret Hatfield’s loss of a very brilliant and a very good man.

    Bill Harned, Mount Washington AARP

  • Follow safety tips to make your Thanksgiving tasty and safe

     WASHINGTON -- Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece - the turkey - is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many are not experienced at roasting one. USDA wants consumers to know that a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, exist to help consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise. 

  • BBB Tips on Holiday Shopping

     The holiday shopping season is here! Whether you are planning to go out shopping on Black Friday, or shop from home on Cyber Monday, here are some shopping tips from your Better Business Bureau.

    Black Friday Shopping

    Know before You Go. Many retailers will release their Black Friday deals online, in social media, and other publications. Some will also send emails (sign up for their email alerts). Research where the sales are and make a list of your gift priorities to compare prices and plan your day of deals.