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Today's Opinions

  • Pay close attention to issues in Frankfort

     This is my last newspaper report as your state representative for district 49. 

    A summary of my December committee meetings follows.

    1.  LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE. 

    KACO gave their report for 2017 County Legislative issues. The issue that will affect Bullitt County the most (if passed) is changing the road formula. Another concern raised involves a strain on our jails.

    2. TASK FORCE FOR PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION.(Which I chaired). 

  • Positive work done in first week by the legislators

     FRANKFORT — For the first time since 1921, Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives, making our first week back to Frankfort a historic one. 

    We have been hard at work doing exactly what the voters of Kentucky sent us to Frankfort to accomplish. 

    The result of this was an extremely productive first week of the 2017 session, in which priority bills to improve the economy, protect life, and make government more accountable passed through the General Assembly. 

  • Good or bad, things sure did happen fast in legislature

     Whether the bills approved on Saturday in Frankfort were good or bad, they sure happened fast.

    Kind of like showing you that you can do something and there isn’t anything you can do about it.

    But, with the majority, couldn’t you take your time and still get the same result in a few weeks?

    Maybe the folks on the other side of the aisle did the same thing for 100 years. Maybe we just didn’t know the speed in which very important pieces of legislation was passed.

  • A casual look at the final six months

      Alliance Entertainment started off the second half of 2016 by announcing that it would expand its Shepherdsville distribution facility and add 150 jobs.

    The expansion would make it the world’s largest distributor of CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray wholesale products.

    Noah Glass was selected to be part of the Team USA squad which participated in the National Archery in the Schools All-Star Championships.

    The competition was held in South Africa.

    Homearama came to Bullitt County in July.

  • A casual look at the first six months

     On Monday, you got a chance to look at several of the top, top stories of the past year.

    Over the next two Wednesdays, we’ll take a casual look at some of the headlines that hit the front pages of The Pioneer News.

    When looking back, it is hard to believe how many things actually occurred.

    The first headline dealt with the Southeast Bullitt Fire conflict. I guess it was a busy year when the years-long battle between the fire district board and the fire department didn’t make the top list.

  • Lack of any elections may give chance to focus on issues

     In all practicality, there is never a time when there isn’t an election looming for somebody.

    But, for 2017, there will be no elections on the ballot in Bullitt County -- or Kentucky, for that matter.

    Why is that important?

    It should give elected officials at least a few months before they start worrying about how their decisions will affect their next test from the voters.

    Ok, so what does that mean to us, the people?

  • Coming Soon -- Talks on Charter Schools

     Charter schools.  

    We have all heard the statistics and the arguments.  Forty-three states have approved charter schools in one form or another.

    I have written about charters in this space before and my position is and has always been that I am not in favor of any particular organizational structure to educate kids; I am in favor of educating our kids, period.  

    Now that no legislative barrier blocks the passage of a charter school law, our attention needs to turn to the particulars. 

  • County will be part of national look at Dishons

     From the day of the mass search for a missing teenager to the final sentencing of the uncle who would admit heinous crimes against family members, there was probably only one media member who was there.

    At every one of the painful hearings. At the jury trial of another individual. At the press conferences when a family was desperately seeking help.

    Little did they, or the world, know that the person responsible for the death of Jessica Dishon in 1999 was also responsible for the sexual abuse of others, including family members.