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Today's Opinions

  • BBB Hot Topics: February 2015

     See the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s January 2015 Hot Topics

    1.    Beware of tax scams this time of year. One involves fake IRS phone calls that have been circulating across the country. The scammers alter their caller ID to make it look like they are calling from the IRS. They threaten taxpayers with possible arrest or lawsuits if they do not pay immediately – often by pre-paid debit card. The IRS will not call you for payment information. 

  • Five ways to save money for spring fishing, turkey hunting

     FRANKFORT - Although the price of a gallon of gas is lower than at any time in recent memory, not many folks have extra money to burn.

    This is especially true for non-essential things such as fishing reels, shotguns, hunting clothing or fishing waders. Adult commitments such as your mortgage must be paid before any money goes toward a new spinning reel. Obtaining quality hunting and fishing gear inexpensively is a useful skill for outdoors enthusiasts to learn.

  • Circuit Clerk offices help donor transplant program

      The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky made 2014 a momentous year in the fight to save lives.  With 998 Kentuckians on the waiting list for an organ transplant, there is no better time to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.  

  • College loans put you in bad situation

      I’d like to say a few words about the president‚Äôs recent proposal to offer college students two free years at community college. 

    That’s great news, but what about all the students who have already graduated college?

    I went to a public university and had scholarships and still owe more than $40,000 in student loans. I just wonder when the government’s going to start helping those with my same situation out?

  • UPDATE: Better be quick to predict next move

     UPDATE (Feb. 2): At approximately 2:12 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Feb. 2, Nichols Nick, the official Bullitt County Groundhog, contacted The Pioneer News in regards to his prediction.

    According to the local seer of seers and prognosticator of prognosticators, it was not until the afternoon hours that the Sun creeped through the clouds covering Bullitt County all morning.

    With that little bit of sunlight, Nick declared that he did indeed see his shadow, signifying six more weeks of wintry weather expected for Bullitt County.

  • Audit report gives each side reason to claim win

     Can a report from a state auditor serve the purpose of making both sides happy?

    We guess so.

    Let’s take, for example, the recent release of Adam Edelen’s audit of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Board.

    Going into the request for the examination, the concern was mismanagement of tax dollars.

    Beyond that, local residents were looking for some tidbit of illegal activity. Theft of tax dollars would be an added bonus. Recommendation for jail time for criminal misdeeds would be icing on the cake.

  • Fight card full for first city meeting

      For many Bullitt Countians, Monday nights mean tuning in for their favorite television wrestling program. 

    These days the only fighting I get to see on Monday night is at the Shepherdsville city council meetings.

    As a reporter it is my job, to the best of my ability, to report what happens at these meetings, placing the important information into the newspaper so readers may be informed and, if possible, not bored.

  • Time to forget past, get down to business

     It’s been about three months ago that voters went to the polls and made their selections.

    In the city of Shepherdsville, a mayor and six councilmembers were elected.

    They took office earlier this month and have already had one meeting.

    We hope none in the future follow that initial gathering.

    Meanwhile staff writer Stephen Thomas composed a column that outlines some of the allegations and accusations thrown about at the Jan. 12 meeting.