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Today's Opinions

  • Belcher known as caring man, not politician

       To many people, the word politician is a nasty name.

       

    Maybe a four-letter word for some.

    Over the past week, there was the unfortunate need to talk to people to get their reactions to Larry Belcher.

    Belcher died in an auto accident Monday evening doing what he does best -- helping people.

    Most of you will recognize Larry as the state representative for the people of the 49th District.

    With only a few exceptions, it would be hard to find anyone who would say a bad word about the man.

  • BRAC moving forward with Fort Knox plans

    In my last column we talked about how our community and Fort Knox partners had just returned from the Road Show trips to the incoming units and organizations. We continue to receive positive feedback from those units who want their civilian workforce to make the transfer to Fort Knox.

  • OUR VIEWS: Thanks to all those who served in education

    One of the toughest professions in the world continues to be education.Each year, millions of individuals are dedicated to helping young and old improve their lives.Bullitt County has been blessed over the years to have excellent educators. Yes, there are some who probably don’t belong in the profession. But they are far, far outweighed by the great ones.Each year, dozens of educators will retire.

  • Gas drive-offs will get even more costly after mid-July

    As gas prices soar over $4 per gallon, motorists are making tough decisions with regard to their summer travel plans.In fact, many are opting to stay close to home this vacation season. However, there are some who have other plans.Plans that, in the long run, could cost them even more.“As the price of gas increases, we tend to see more drive-offs at the gas pumps - when people simply drive away without paying for the fuel taken,” said Bullitt County Attorney Walter Sholar.

  • Viewpoints on the session on pension reform: Rep. Larry Belcher

    FRANKFORT – Last week’s special legislative session on reforming our public retirement systems may have only taken five days – the shortest time needed for a bill to become law – but it culminated more than a year of ongoing study.The end result was well worth the wait, however, based on the unanimous vote by the House and near-unanimous vote in the Senate and the support from the many groups affected by these changes.Legislators have known for some time that Kentucky eventually would need to update the retirement syst

  • OUR VIEWS: Drug Task Force must be saved to save county

    The economy is getting to everyone, including drug dealers.Kenny Hardin, director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force, told magistrates of the story of a dealer who was being set up to sell to an informant in the county.But, on top of the price to buy the cocaine, he needed $20 for gas money.The buy was made.While it provides a little humor in a very serious game of drug dealing and drug buying, there is nothing to laugh about when talking about the future of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force.

  • Viewpoints on the session on pension reform: Sen. Gary Tapp

    FRANKFORT - As a result of the work completed by the Senate during the Special Session in Frankfort last week, the state employee retirement system became more fiscally sound, but there is still much work to be done. Without key changes, the public employees pension system faces a $27 billion unfunded liability.

  • Santa ready to bring those awaited gifts for officials

    As the clock nears that final hour until the presses begin rolling, ole' Santa Barr is faced with that annual dilemma - how to be funnier than Stephen Thomas when writing his Christmas column.

    While Stephen attempts to find humor with the holiday or the central figure of that particular holiday, Santa Barr tries to look much deeper into the situation.

    Of course, that's hard to do when Santa Barr begins his column a couple of hours before presstime and Stephen normally writes at a relaxing pace that consumes several days.