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Today's Opinions

  • Honoring the veterans

     Tuesday, November 11 was Veterans Day.

    I know there were several restaurants between here and Louisville that did open their doors, showing their kindness and hospitality to we Veterans, giving us a free lunch. 

    We are not asking for hand out, only respect for our time we gave in fighting for our freedom. 

    There were many that didn’t come home, giving their lives for our freedom. Just think about this; if we didn’t win our wars, where would we be? 

  • BBB Tips: Black Friday Shopping

     Are you counting down the days and hours until Black Friday shopping? It’s time to start planning! Remember, all deals are not created equal and the fine print is often the most important thing! Before you head out the door, and get caught up in the frenzy, BBB offers these tips:

  • Thanksgiving is top day for cooking fires

     FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 24, 2014) – Leaving food on the stove to cook unattended is a recipe for disaster, says Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

    "Being aware of fire safety while preparing your holiday meal can mean the difference between calling family and friends to the dinner table or calling the fire department to put out a fire," said Swope.

  • BBB tips on holiday travel

     The holiday travel season is upon us! Better Business Bureau has some tips on how to make your holiday travel a little brighter.

    Do Your Research. If you are driving, before you hit the road, find alternative routes in case of traffic delays. Also, travel with GPS.

  • Christmas season comes around much too early

     It comes earlier every year. 

    Yes, you know what I’m talking about --Christmas.

    Now I am by no means in any way a Grinch (I have a lot of wonderful Christmas memories of my own), but it bothers me how commercialized the season has become.

    I keep thinking back to the Charlie Brown Christmas episode where he has to be taught what the true meaning of Christmas is amid all the hustle-and-bustle. 

  • 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.