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Today's Opinions

  • CATS finally runs out of lives in state

    For the past 18 years, educators in Kentucky have had their feet held to the proverbial fire.

    As the years have passed, the fire got a little hotter.

    By the year 2014, school districts in Kentucky had a goal of 100 percent proficiency for their students in the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System.

    As of 2008, no Bullitt County school had reached the magic mark across the board. Few in Kentucky had met their goal with just six more years to go.

  • Proposal to let people cast ‘vote’ on alcohol sales

    Just when you thought there would be no more discussion on the possibility of alcohol sales on Sunday, it resurfaced Monday night.

    Councilman Scott Ellis threw out an interesting proposal - have a vote of the people that really doesn’t have any legal standing.

    After businessman Alex Ramirez spoke to the Shepherdsville City Council about how he has learned the affects of not having Sunday alcohol sales, Ellis said there might be an option.

  • General Assembly closes; several new laws passed

    FRANKFORT ee" Anticlimactic it may have been, since the largest and stickiest issues on the table had been well disposed of earlier. But the scheduled final two days of this year’s legislative session did convene in Frankfort Thursday with a bit of uncertainty hanging over it ee" and some drama at the end.

    The question going in: Would the House take up any of the bills that were still pending between chambers when the Legislature adjourned two weeks ago for its veto recess?

  • HOLIDAYS: APRIL 2009
  • Given chance, public fails in its duty to voice opinion

    Showing up early for Mount Washington’s public hearing on the proposed sewer plant upgrade and water/sewer rate hikes was really a waste of my time.

    I thought I would need to get there well ahead of the 7 p.m. start time to get a good seat and settle in for a long evening of reporting on questions, answers and testimony from concerned citizens.

    But much to my surprise — and to the surprise of many Mount Washington public officials — I didn’t need to get there early.

  • Like Harvey, integrity more important than awards

    Hello, Bullitt Countians! I'm Steve Thomas.

    As a former radio employee and a member of the media, the news of Paul Harvey's passing rang loud and clear in my mind, just as his voice did.

    Harvey did the absolute best news show in history, including his famous "The Rest of the Story" segments.

    In his honor, I tried to put together a story similar to one of Harvey's. It's not very easy, though.

    Rather, I'll discuss something that I now realize just might be the most important aspect of Harvey's career: Integrity.

  • Tobacco linked to chronic conditions

    We all know that tobacco use leads to health issues like heart disease, cancer, premature aging, and lung diseases.

    But, did you know that studies are showing tobacco use is linked to chronic conditions such as arthritis, inflammation of a joint that can lead to permanent damage, and osteoporosis, a condition in which bones weaken due to calcium loss?

  • COYLE'S CORNER