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Today's Opinions

  • Other side of charter story

     There were some national initiatives former President Obama favored that I disagreed with; and, one that I respectfully but vehemently disagreed with, was the concept of charter schools. In his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama cited his reasons for supporting charter schools. I found that none of them actually defended this idea. 

  • Leach Family: One of the county’s earliest settlers

     Bullitt County started out with four magisterial districts.  The third District was name Leaches District.  Bullitt County was created out of Jefferson and Nelson County in 1796.  

    The borders and names have changed over several years.  From around 1870 through as late as 1940 the district was known as the Leaches District.   Some people thought the name Leaches was a creepy blood sucking worm.  

    But, the District was named after Enoch Leach.

  • Legislature makes historic strides in ‘17

      It was an honor to serve you and our district in Frankfort this session. Called the “most productive and historic session” in history, I, along with my colleagues in the Senate, were proud to stand with Kentuckians as we passed historic legislation alongside our new House Majority. 

    In November of 2016, citizens from across the Commonwealth gave us a mandate through the electoral process to fundamentally change our state. 

  • 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.

  • Session busy, productive

      Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. 

    Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Gov. Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history. 

    It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House Majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth. 

    Critics and supporters alike have noted the session was among the busiest our state has ever seen. 

  • House gets lot done in short time

     The most productive and significant legislative session in modern history has officially come to an end. 

    Although it was a short, 30-day session, the General Assembly has accomplished more in 2017 than we have in most 60-day sessions. 

    When Republicans took the majority in the House of Representatives last November, Speaker Hoover came right in and declared that the House would once again be a functioning institution. 

  • Stop child abuse forever

       In observance of Child Abuse Month in April, a nine-year-old student at Crossroads Elementary wrote the following essay:

  • Small issues may become big issues on facility’s use

     It’s kind of funny how quickly one discussion can lead to another and how a non-issue becomes a major issue.

    Shepherdsville mayor Curtis Hockenbury and the council started a recent conversation about whether an agency could be given access to the community center several hours a day.

    Before you could bat an eye, the public works department would take over the use of the Shepherdsville Community Center and several groups would be left looking for other options.

    The decision took a matter of minutes.