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Today's Opinions

  • Start planning for retirement now

     FRANKFORT -- Retirement may be the farthest thing from your mind when you're still in school, but now is the time to start thinking about it. In fact, the farther away it is, the better off you may be, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

    For decades, U.S. citizens have depended on Social Security for much of their retirement income. However, Social Security benefits for younger workers are not guaranteed.

  • Skate park is more than that

      Growing up in Mount Washington, it was easy to wish we had more.

    More places to eat than the Dairy Queen. More stores to shop at than Houchens. More places to go than the swings at the city park.

    After I left for college, it seemed like everything came to town at once.

    All of a sudden, there was a movie theater within a bike ride of my house.

    Frozen yogurt shops offered a fun place to hang out with friends and the boutiques were at every corner.

  • Field ready for muddy Bullitt County Derby

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Heavy rains last week have let up in time for the glade cress to bloom at Hall of Famer Mike Farner Downs for this year’s Bullitt County Derby.

    This year’s odds-on favorite in the Run for the Glade Cress is the Bullitt County Sheriffs entry, Ultimatum, out of No Patrol and Nita Newvest. With an endorsement from Bullitt Fiscal Court, Ultimatum is an assured 3-2.

  • Budget compromise reached

     We succeeded last week in passing a two-year, $21.5 billion biennial budget for the Commonwealth that restores funding for some of our most effective programs in K-12 education, and lessens the blow of deep cuts the governor proposed for our public colleges and universities.

  • Saying Goodbye

     We’ll start out with a bit of a stretch in relevance to Bullitt County.

    However, those stock car racing fans in the area will remember Andy Hampton. And I know Bullitt County has a whole lot of stock car fans, especially during the era when the weekly races were held at the fairgrounds and then at Louisville Motor Speedway.

    He was one of the first big-time racers from the Louisville area to make it in NASCAR. His best finish at the Daytona 500 was ninth.

    Hampton died at the age of 87 on April 1.

  • Good compromise

     Once you get into the legal arena, seldom are things completed quickly. There are rules that must be followed and due process to both parties that must be guaranteed.

    We are pleased that the discourse over the selection of the mayor in Shepherdsville has moved from whether there can be a meeting due to a lack of a quorum to being able to handle the business at hand.

    We commend attorney Mark Edison for coming up with a solution to allow his clients -- councilmembers Larry Hatfield and Bernie Brown -- to attend meetings and make sure there is a quorum.

  • US Marshals warn of “arrest warrant phone scam”

     The U.S. Marshals Service has received several phone calls from residents who have received phone calls from a person stating they are a U.S. Marshal and threating arrest if a “fine” is not paid.

    If you have received a phone call from a person saying they are a federal law enforcement officer, sheriff or an attorney for the government and they have an arrest warrant for you if a fine is not paid. It’s a scam.

  • BBB Warns: Beware of scams surrounding the death of Prince

     BBB is warning Prince fans to beware of scams that could pop up, surrounding his death. Yesterday, news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his home in Minneapolis at the age of 57.

    Scammers use celebrity deaths to con fans in a variety of ways. Whatever the scam may be, fans will end up with viruses or malware on their computers, or giving out personal information.