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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Take care of pets during cold months

    Winter is upon us, and cold weather is here...so how can you keep your pet happy and healthy during the chilly winter months? Here are some tips to help make sure that your furry friend stays warm:

    *Never leave your dog or cat outside in the cold weather. Your companion animal could suffer from frostbite or freeze to death. See your veterinarian immediately if you suspect frostbite or hypothermia.

  • Let the games begin for 2010 political races

    In its wisdom in the 1990s, the state legislature decided that the voters of Kentucky needed a year off every once in a while from the election process.

    The legislators wisely decided to make every fourth year an “election free” one.

    Of course, the real lovers of the system know that politics never end. And the off year, which falls before the “big” local elections is hardly one void of political maneuvering.

  • Trying to get 2009 to good start

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The world wasn’t exactly expecting to get off to a good start in 2009.

    Knowing this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

    It could just be me, but a good number of people seem to have bad attitudes and nasty dispositions lately.

    It’s common for many people to feel the holiday blahs come the first of the year. After all the festivities end there’s suddenly nothing to do but return to work and school. Nothing to anticipate except maybe a few football games.

  • Time is now to study the direction of planning for the future

    The family that operates under the umbrella of Bullitt County government recently lost a very valuable member.

    Evelyn Fackler, a long-time employee with the Bullitt County Planning and Zoning office, passed away after an illness.

    Starting in a small two-person office in what is now one of the history museum rooms, Fackler grew with the county.

    From an administrative assistant, she was first promoted to assistant director and then took over as the planning administrator when Larry Belcher went back full-time to the General Assembly.

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