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Today's Opinions

  • Crisis component of LIHEAP now underway locally

    Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. has begun the “Crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that assists households in a heating crisis on January 5, 2009.

    The deepening of cold weather combined with rising costs leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills of purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!

  • A bit of civics as legislative session comes to an end

    If you’re into Civics, you’ll love today’s column.  I’ll explain why your General Assembly is in recess right now at a time we call the “Veto Period” and close out the last of this session’s Saturday Coffees.

  • Do you know where your teen drinks?

    A recent federal report entitled, “Underage Alcohol Use: Where Do Young People Drink?” sheds some revealing light on this question and the answers that many parents, other concerned caretakers and inquiring minds want to know.

    The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) asked young people ages 12 to 20 who had used alcohol in the past month two questions: how did they get it and where did they drink it?

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Civil service changes must be researched

    The only surprise in discussions to study the Shepherdsville civil service ordinance is that it has taken this long.

    There are no guarantees that any changes will be made. And the discussion will be good.

    When it was approved several years ago, there was no public outcry. And several stories were written about it.

    There was really no outcry until election time arose.

    The city’s version protects every employee from discipline or dismissal. If done, the employee can ask for a hearing before the civil service board.

  • State to get federal stimulus dollars to spend

    FRANKFORT ee" Although final details are still pending, Kentucky got a much clearer picture last week of what it can expect from the federal stimulus package that Congress recently passed. Even with quite a few strings attached, it should still provide a substantial lift right when we need it most.

    According to Gov. Beshear, we will get a little more than $3 billion over the next 28 months, which doesn’t include direct stimulus payments Kentuckians may receive from such things as tax cuts or boosts in Social Security payments.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • City officials looking down barrel at very tough spot

    Welcome to life on the Shepherdsville City Council. And, by the way, in your first six weeks in office, you have a multi-million dollar project to decide upon.

    And, worse than that, the decision is worth a whole lot more than simply an expansion and upgrade of your sewer infrastructure.

    For nearly a year, Shepherdsville officials have been talking with various entities.

    Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont has its own package sewer treatment plant. Under the proposal, the company would give up its plant and hook up to the city’s expanded system.