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Today's Opinions

  • Deal will aid entire county in many ways

    Congratulations to the city of Shepherdsville. And congratulations to the people of Bullitt County.

    For the past couple of years, many meetings have been held between officials with the city and Jim Beam Brands.

    The city was looking for a partner to help expand its sewer treatment plant and the international distiller wanted to take its package treatment plant off-line.

    After some ticklish moments when the multi-million project appeared dead, the partnership appears to be back together and moving forward.

  • Occupational therapy can aid elderly adapt to growing older

    Today, with advances in medicine and health care, more and more elderly Americans are living longer and wishing to remain in their homes and live as independently as possible.

    Many elderly people would rather have the comfort and ease of staying in their own private, comfortable surroundings instead of going into a skilled nursing facility or a community setting to live.

    This concept is called Aging in Place.

  • Schools cannot slow its CATS drive

    The state legislature felt that the current CATS assessment was not the best way to further education reform in Kentucky.

    The majority decided that there should be a better system of making sure students in the commonwealth are excelling.

    If all the promises are kept, there will not be a problem. Officials have pledged to not take the foot off the accelerator.

    If the Think Link assessments are correct, Bullitt County will see major improvement in test scores this fall. More importantly, student learning has been improved.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Do you know the real assets of your teenager?

    I am a parent of three children and acutely aware of the many temptations and dangers facing our kids today - many more than I faced as a child.

    I did not have to deal with cyber bullying, the temptations on the internet or the media bombardment of drugs, alcohol, violence and early sexual behavior.

    Our kids today face so many more risks than we did.

    So, what is a parent to do?

    We know that most of us usually follow the parenting model we’re most familiar with - our own parents behavior.

  • Knowing how to watch the weather key

    April 1 means April Fools' Day, a day where I could write about men from Mars invading Bullitt County and searching for intelligent life.

    The odds of this happening are astronomical, primarily because we have not determined that there is intelligent life in outer space, much less here.

    There are other things that remind us of April's arrival other than being foolish. Sometimes Easter is a sure sign. Sporting events like the NCAA basketball championships and Major League Baseball opening day help.

  • Random thoughts from spring break

    Some random thoughts while spending spring break with a bunch of teenagers playing baseball in eastern Tennessee...

    *Why did Bullitt County get shut out on any of the state dollars to deal with issues related to BRAC improvements at Fort Knox?

    Was it a lack of input from local officials? Was it that most of the important projects dealt with infrastructure improvements in Hardin and Meade counties?

    No one probably has a clear-cut answer.

  • Some good, some bad notes from legislative work

    FRANKFORT ee" To better understand just how much the country’s economic crisis has affected Kentucky, it may help to look at some hard-to-imagine statistics in a different way.

    If the number of people seeking unemployment insurance for the first time in February came together, for example, they would immediately become Kentucky’s third-largest city, slightly ahead of Owensboro.

    The total number of unemployed is of course much higher. Its size easily outranks the combined populations of Owensboro, Bowling Green, Covington and Richmond.