Today's Opinions

  • Degree of cuts still undecided as budget not yet finalized

     At first glance, it looks like Gov. Matt Bevin is serious about funding the stressed pension accounts -- at all cost.

    Seventy programs are slated to get the ax and most agencies will receive a reduction in funding.

    Of course, it is still January and the real budget decisions are still weeks away.

    But from the viewpoint miles and miles away from Frankfort, the commonwealth of Kentucky is short on “wealth” and full of needs.

    Now, we just need some “common” sense discussions among our lawmakers.

  • Nice situation to have Bullitt County members recognized

     Will having Melanie Roberts serve as president of the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association reap big benefits for Bullitt County?

    Probably not.

    Will having Troy Beam lead a tourist organization do anything to put more heads in beds at local hotels?

    Maybe not.

    But what it will do is provide the rest of Kentucky a different perspective of Bullitt County.

    If is nice to have good people leading statewide organizations. It presents a different image to others.

  • Southern loop may be dream really worth dreaming about

     Many years ago, officials in nearby Jefferson County thought they needed a loop around the southern portion of its community.

    At the time, there wasn’t a lot of growth. The area wasn’t particularly full of lavish, expensive subdivisions.

    And there probably weren’t a lot of votes to be had by aspiring politicians.

    Instead, the Gene Snyder Freeway was a dream. It is was completed a small piece a little at a time.

    And, who would have thought the two bridges over the Ohio River would be built?

  • Do something good throughout the year

     It happens every year… and I just don’t get it.

    Every year, through my position with the community newspaper, I get to see the good that comes with the spirit of the holiday season.

    Each year I get to see groups and individuals going out of their way to make Christmastime special for others.

    Whether its for needy children, the homeless, senior citizens, or just doing a little something for those that need some good cheer, somehow Christmas always arrives and the local folks seem to pull it through.

  • 2018 should be year of growth for county in so many ways

     The new year is here. The new challenges are before us. The question is how will be tackle those challenges and new opportunities.

    The past year was pretty good. But we can’t look behind us. Someone might pass us.

    The biggest challenge is the selection of a new school superintendent. While we’re still really not sure why we are in the middle of this process, the powers that be have determined that the school district needs to take a different direction.

  • James Collings -- sheriff, hardware dealer

     The Collings came from Virginia and settled in Kentucky.  James Collings’s grandfather was Abner Collings.  

    Abner was born in 1805 in Virginia or Kentucky.  Abner married Harriett Simmons in 1830 in Bullitt County, Kentucky when he was 25 years old. Harriett was born in 1805 in Virginia or Kentucky.  Abner and Harriett had four children.  They were Mary Jane, William Sanford, Benjamin Franklin and Maria Collings. 

  • Barnes House needs your help

     About a week ago, I wrote another editorial about that old yellow house in Mount Washington at risk of destruction (formerly referred to as “the Barnes house”.)

    Unlike the first one I wrote back in September urging residents to care about the house, this one criticized the mayor and city council for, well, not caring.

    There is a group of residents, largely composed of the Mount Washington Historical Society, working to raise the necessary funds to ensure the city keeps a bit of its character in its downtown area. 

  • Thank you emergency workers

     Thank you, Emergency Workers, for all you have been doing during the awful, flooding weather.

    Bonnie and I went to a funeral service late Saturday evening on Feb. 24 for a very good man who deserved the attendance.  Several times along the stormy roads I saw wrecks, overflowing streams, and cars in ditches.

    And at each place I saw blue flashing lights in the darkness, and brave men and women enduring the rain and cold to help those in need.