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Today's Opinions

  • Planning key to avoiding dry ground at pools

    Bullitt County government loses several thousand dollars each week that it operates swimming pools at its four locations.

    This year, the losses will be less as only one pool - behind Maryville Elementary - appears ready to meet the new federal safety standards and will open sometime this week.

    With only one pool open, it will provide a bit of insight on whether people will travel several miles to take advantage of the county facility.

    It would also provide a bit of leverage for a group looking to open a single indoor swimming facility.

  • Changing of name won't solve issues

    For years, Bullitt Lick Middle School had a nickname that wasn’t the kindest of monikers.

    There is a proposal now to change the school’s name and maybe even its mascot and colors. This is not the right way to reach the desired results.

    Kids will be kids and they probably have nicknames for all their rival schools.

    However, for the past 33 years, Bullitt Lick has been a part of the community.

    Yes, it has suffered through some tough educational times but simply changing a name will not erase any or all of the school’s history.

  • We appeal to cooler heads on fire suit

    After 10 years in the making, someone has finally officially told Shepherdsville officials that their fire department is “regular.”

    In layman’s terms, it doesn’t mean a lot.

    In legal terms, it means that some residents who live in the city limits but also live in what is the fire taxing districts of Southeast Bullitt and Nichols may not be facing a second tax in the future.

  • Don’t Let Foodborne Illness Spoil Your Independence Day

    FRANKFORT - The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) wants all Kentuckians to observe a happy and safe Independence Day by following a few simple food preparation and handling guidelines during outdoor cookouts, picnics and barbecues.

  • Safety needed as more motorcycles are on road

    Spring is here and again our Governor, County Judge Executives and Mayors across Kentucky have proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.

    The majority of motorcycle fatalities and injuries are caused by a motorist violating the right of way of a motorcycle.

    That means that you cross the center line in front of them, you pull out in front of them or you make a lethal left hand turn in front of them.

  • Chronic asthma biggest problem with children

    Asthma is a chronic breathing disorder and is the most common chronic health problem among children.

    Children with asthma have attacks of coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, which may be very serious.

    These symptoms are caused by spasms of the air passages in the lungs.

    The air passages swell, become inflamed, and fill with mucus, making breathing difficult. Many asthma attacks occur when children get respiratory infections, including infections caused by common cold viruses. Attacks can also be caused by:

    * Exposure to cigarette smoke,

  • Pretty good day to be in Bullitt County...But no joy in MW

    You learn to relish the good days and try to overlook the bad ones.

    For leaders in Bullitt County, last Thursday ranks as a pretty good day.

    Gov. Steve Beshear was in town last week to first cut the ribbon on Sabert Corp. in Hillview and bring confirmation that Shepherdsville would receive $3 million for its sewer expansion and line extension program.

    The opening last June of the Sabert plant off East Blue Lick Road was not a smooth one. Litigation remains over the rezoning, annexation and sale of the property.

  • Never too early to think about end

    At 24 years old, people still tell me that I have my whole life ahead of me. But is that really true, or is it just a clich that people use to help one another feel like they’ve always got more time when, in fact, the next breath is not promised to us?

    A bit depressing, I know. But it is true. Thousands of people in the United States die each week much younger than I. If you don’t believe me, check out our local obituary pages for a few consecutive weeks and see those connected with Bullitt County communities that die at what most would consider a young age.