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Today's Opinions

  • Where have we messed up in our country?

     The media is pretty important in the history of our world and it is even more important for our future.

    While community newspapers may not be at the forefront of the media issues with elected officials in Frankfort or in Washington, we are part of the profession.

    All media -- although we are a bit biased toward the print folks -- plays a vital role in the checks and balances which govern our land.

  • Guilty or not, indictments cause county great harm

     There is always that disclaimer on any indictment -- such charge does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means that a certain number of grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal trial.

    While an indictment does not mean guilt or innocence, it can bring shame.

    It can obviously bring shame to the individual indicted. Even if cleared of the allegations, the cloud is never totally lifted.

    It can also bring shame to a community.

  • Issues dogged county long enough...time to solve them

     We are normally not all that excited when the way to solve a problem is to form a committee or a task force.

    However, Bullitt County Judge Melanie Roberts may have reached the only possible solution to the barks and howls over the operation of the animal shelter when she recommended a committee.

    Of course, we’ve not seen a committee where the entire fiscal court is part of the group. But, we’ll give it a shot.

    Currently, there is no possbile chance that the current animal control director and the county judge will agree on anything.

  • Schools only stability for 300 homeless kids

     Instead of starting your morning with breakfast, you start by packing up your things. 

    Your mom says our stay at the hotel is over and we have to find a new place to go.

    You’re late to school again because mom’s car wouldn’t start this morning and you had to find a ride there. 

    She kisses you goodbye telling you everything will be okay, but you’re not so sure.

    Your stomach rumbles, but you’re too late for breakfast. 

  • BBB Tips for the Equifax Data Breach

     BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky is alerting local consumers about the latest data breach announcement. Equifax, one of the three credit reporting bureaus, announced that personal information may have been exposed for about 143 million Americans.

  • Times have changed

     Times have changed and not always for the good.

    I read today in the Courier article a book -- Jailed for Freedom  --was written that in August 1917 six women were  being arrested at the White House and jailed for peaceful protest for their right to vote.

    Now, 100 years later, our nation has sunk to my lowest seen level in my 79 years.

  • Changes at Dispatch

     Living in Bullitt County for 32 years, I have seen good governments grow and collapse, inly to be revived later.

    The number one priority of county governments is, and will always be, emergency response. In the last 10 years, the gatekeeper to help on the way, Central Dispatch, has become a wall between you and help becuase you call and you get a belligerant inquisition instead of  help.

    Many folks just give up. We, the powerless, give up against a government increasingly complacent and protected by sovereign immunity. No more.

  • Fight drug abuse

     Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2014, it surpassed both car accidents and gun violence in number of deaths.

    Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin need to be aware that opiates are the main contributors to this problem. With drug dealers across the United States mixing new and powerful synthetic drugs into street opiates such as heroin, the chance of accidental overdose has exponentially increased.