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Today's Opinions

  • Practice Food Safety this Thanksgiving

    FRANKFORT - For many, Thanksgiving means a home-cooked feast with family and friends. In light of this holiday tradition, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reminds Kentuckians that food safety should also be a part of the celebration.

    Many holiday dinners incorporate meat and poultry, a possible source of foodborne disease unless handled and prepared properly. This holiday season, DPH urges consumers to take precautions in preparing food items and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices.

  • Time now to come forward on unsolved murder case

    It’s been 10 years since the kidnapping and murder of 17-year-old Jessica Dishon.

    After the initial suspect, David “Bucky” Brooks, was indicted but the proceedings ended in a mistrial, there has been no other charges.

    There were hundreds of theories in back in 1999 with just as many suspects named. Yet, to date, another trial has not been held.

    After the media circus which surrounded the case 10 years ago and the ensuing trial, things have been quiet.

  • Alcohol issue tale of two communities

    The issue is the same - should a community allow alcohol sales on a limited basis on Sundays.

    The reaction has been quite different.

    The Shepherdsville City Council has floated the trial balloon on two occasions within the past couple of years. Both times it was shot down.

    Now, the city officials have agreed to have some type of mock election for residents in the community. Details are still being worked out.

    The problem is that no one on the council is bound by the outcome of the vote.

  • Redistricting is tough one for members

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Without asking any of them, I know the answer.

    The most difficult thing school boards in Bullitt County will have to vote upon is redistricting plans.

    In some districts, the tough decision is what to do when enrollment stagnates or declines and you have to make personnel cuts.

    In Bullitt County, that is not a problem.

    Even when building has slowed to a crawl, the district welcomes over 300 more students this year.

  • Get all the facts and then decide

    If it was the fourth quarter of a football game and the outcome was decided, they might say that the verbal sparring being done by officials in Mount Washington is a bit chippy.

    It seems that the issue could be the weather and things have gotten a bit edgy.

    Forget who is at fault, the voters of Mount Washington didn’t put officials in office to jab at one another.

    We’ve seen that when fiscal court works as a team, things get done.

    In Mount Washington, the same must happen.

  • More to story than simply looking at federal No Child Left Behind act

    There are two sides to every coin.

    When it comes to assessment results, there is both good news and bad news.

    We are not a school district that is afraid to confront the brutal facts and I will outline some of them below.  But, the news from our assessment results is mostly good news and we need to acknowledge and celebrate that fact.

    I hear from fellow superintendents all over the state that their goal is to be a top 10 ranked school district.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Education can’t afford to lose any traction in Ky.

    I often hear diametrically opposed statements about Kentucky’s schools:

    One, they’re a lost cause.

    Or two, they were “fixed” in 1990 by the Kentucky Education Reform Act, and they need no further attention.

    Neither conclusion is true.

    Now, KERA was a revolutionary event.