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Today's Opinions

  • Legislators work on state budgetary issues

    FRANKFORT – With our thoughts understandably focused on what has been called the most widespread natural disaster in Kentucky’s history, my legislative colleagues and I returned to the Capitol early last week to begin the main portion of the 2009 Regular Session.

    We spent our opening days learning more about the recent storm’s damage and the unprecedented response that followed.  It has unfortunately claimed more than two dozen lives so far, and at its peak, more than 760,000 homes were without power.

  • Officials can't find hide nor hair of groundhog

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – The Storm of 2009 caused local officials to hedge through the ice and tree limbs like hogs in hopes of guaranteeing an early Spring.

    Warmer winter weather is determined, as everyone knows, by Bullitt County’s own official groundhog, Nichols Nick.

    With possibly the worst overall storm damage in county history, officials hoped to guarantee better future weather by controlling the Nichols Nick forecast.

  • Safety needed with food affected by power outages due to storms

    FRANKFORT - The hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians left without electricity from the winter ice storm that has been gripping the state are strongly encouraged to follow food safety guidelines from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to prevent food contamination and related illness.

    DPH staff recommends keeping freezers closed to maintain the proper temperature for frozen foods. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours and for 24 hours if the freezer is half full.

  • Today could be big day for people in Kentucky

    Today in the House we should be voting on a package that will raise taxes on some Kentuckians to help cover a large budget deficit.  If it passes, the Senate will vote on Friday.

    As you know, tax revenues for the state (all states, for that matter) are down and the 19 billion dollar (two-year) budget that we passed last year cannot be paid for.  Therefore, Governor Steve Beshear has to cut spending.  We can’t run a deficit, like the Federal government.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • America is a land of opportunity, caring people

    On Tuesday, Jan. 20, I witnessed something that could only be described as one of the triumphs of America’s Democratic-Republic.

    On that day, through a live broadcast on msnbc.com, in The Pioneer News office in Mount Washington, with Joann Mitchell, I watched a man named Barack Hussein Obama—who was born of a black man from Kenya, and a white woman from Kansas—become the 44th president of the United States.

  • Winter driving tips offered for drivers

    FRANKFORT ee" Snow, sleet, freezing rain and ice make for treacherous driving, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety is stepping up efforts to aid and educate motorists.

    Motorists should always use extra caution when driving in winter weather. But they are reminded that bridges and overpasses are typically most treacherous.

    Safety Tips for Travelers during the Snow and Ice Season:

    •Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized ee" check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers, and windshield washers.

  • Project good if price is right for customers

    It seemed like a done deal.

    While no one would discuss the destination, it was widely known that the $18 million bond issue proposed by the city of Shepherdsville would have expanded its current sewage treatment plant and run an extended line south toward Highway 245.

    One of main benefactors would be the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont. Many of the other benefactors would be current residents or businesses, as well as many more potential residents, industries and commercial developments.