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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you

     I would like to take this time to thank everyone that voted for and supported me in this November general election. I am humbled to be re-elected to serve as your mayor for the next four years.

    It has been a privilege and and an honor to serve you and I look forward to what the next four years will bring to our wonderful city and, as always, my door is open to you.

    Scott Ellis, Mayor of Shepherdsville

  • You can bank on financial, funding information

     How much does a school system need to do a great job providing opportunities for all our kids?

    That is a very difficult question and I’m sure there are a wide variety of answers crossing thousands of minds as this is being read.

    Part of your thought process depends on whether or not you have kids in the schools, if you ever had kids in public schools, how you liked school yourself, and even your own level of education and employment. 

  • Whatever happened to hiring best for the job?

     Sometimes there are things that hit you the wrong way.

    As much as we have heard about Jefferson County education woes, something hit me the other day.

    Saw in a story in The Courier Journal about the need to diversify the teaching forces.

    With 52 percent of the students in the very large school system listed as minorities, I understand it.

    There is a need for role models.

    There is a need for students of all types of minority to see teachers of their own to be in the classroom and in administrative positions.

  • Affordable home insulation tips

     Freezing weather predicted over the next few days is a good reminder to prepare for winter.

    Frozen pipes are the second most common cause of home insurance claims in the U.S. according to the Insurance Information Institute. Pipes that are either inadequately insulated or exposed to outside temperatures can freeze, rupture, and cause costly damage.

  • Get facts straight

     I feel compelled to write this letter so that members of our community who may have read the article last week regarding the recent Board of Education race will not be deceived by politically motivated untruths. 

    It was stated that while our staff “received only the state required increases in their yearly salaries,” that I renegotiated my contract multiple times receiving “an increase in compensation that has not been at all commensurate with the increase of the teachers and staff...”

  • CHFS urges pregnancy flu shots

     Pregnancy can increase the risk for complications from influenza (flu), such as pneumonia, making it even more important for expectant mothers to get a flu vaccination.

  • Get questions on fire district done, then move on

      The time has come to either extinguish the fire or to bring on the heat.

    For years, people have questioned the arrangement at Southeast Bullitt Fire and Rescue and its corporation. And, for years, the district continues to field  from the community.

    Now, questions railed by commissioner Dan Thibideaux made it to Bullitt Fiscal Court and then on the county’s You Tube account.

    The allegations, which have all been refuted by the district’s attorney, seem very serious.

  • Taking look back at elections; next cycle will come quickly

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Any illusions that President Barack Obama was going to be on the ballot in the November 2014 general election were wrong.

    In fact, the number of straight ticket voters grew on Tuesday when compared to mid-term elections four years ago.

    That did not bode well for local candidates who might have had a “D” behind their name.

    Of the 24,619 who cast ballots in Bullitt County, 8,764 darkened the straight-ticket box on the ballot.