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Today's Opinions

  • Energy in schools - Potential versus kinetic

     Most readers will know that to say “potential energy” is another way of saying “stored” energy, like when you turn the propeller on the balsa wood rubber band powered plane until it is so twisted it is getting ready to break. 

    To turn it into kinetic energy, one just has to let go and away the plane soars.

    During the last couple of weeks, I had my yearly opportunity to speak to our 8th grade class at all six middle schools. 

    That adds up to just over a thousand 13- or 14-year-old young men and women. 

  • Cities need to watch out in Frankfort

      Watch out local officials. Discussions in Frankfort seem to be in favor of taking over city government in Louisville.

    The talk is to limit the numbers of terms a candidate can serve as mayor. That would be two.

    Also, the talk is that if there is a vacancy for mayor, the governor would have the ability to fill that position.

    The governor has always had the power to replace county officials. Now, it is getting a little deeper into the cities.

  • We just need ‘more’ from government

     There’s just something missing at times when our governmental leaders do decide to make a decision.

    Let us take a few recent decisions by Bullitt Fiscal Court. 

    Not to constantly hammer on the court -- because we’re not sure they pay too much attention -- but we need to step back for just a moment.

    The planning administrator position has been open for months.

    Roanne Hammond has come out of retirement to fill the vacancy. She is an excellent person and will do a good job, as she did previously.

  • BBB warns: “Can you hear me now?” scam

      The “can you hear me now?” scam has previously targeted businesses, but a new twist is now targeting consumers. Better Business Bureaus nationwide are receiving BBB Scam Tracker reports about this latest scam.

  • Pay close attention to issues in Frankfort

     This is my last newspaper report as your state representative for district 49. 

    A summary of my December committee meetings follows.

    1.  LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE. 

    KACO gave their report for 2017 County Legislative issues. The issue that will affect Bullitt County the most (if passed) is changing the road formula. Another concern raised involves a strain on our jails.

    2. TASK FORCE FOR PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION.(Which I chaired). 

  • New theme, same mission

     We have changed our theme for our Derby activity.

    Over the last five years, the Bullitt County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education has sponsored a Derby Gala to raise money for our classrooms.

    In the first year, the foundation raised $3,028; last year, the group raised $17,856.

  • Want to pay more taxes?

     What do you think of tax increases? Not inflationary increases but the kind of increase that is applied to fund pet projects, or worse, gross malpractice by leaders.

    Not good? OK, we agree.

    Government should be kept in check. That concept has no party. If you look real hard at what Frankfort is doing on the tax front, you will learn that in 2014 your government gave cities, counties, and most other taxing entities, a blank check. They took the ceiling off the insurance tax. The vote was almost unanimous.

  • Need some advice?

     I read with interest today about the Mayor and councils decision concerning the Shepherdsville Community Center. It saddens me that there cannot be any  better decisions made for the benefit of our community. 

    Perhaps at some point  everyone forgot that it is a “community” center and not just a building.  Sweat, hard work and private monies went into creating a place for everyone to utilize.