Today's Opinions

  • March 3 final day to introduce new bills

     As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we are busy passing bills both out of committee and out of the Senate to send to our House colleagues during the eighth week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

    Several meaningful bills passed the Senate this week and will now move on for consideration in the House of Representatives.

  • Session starts to get into discussing proposed bills

     FRANKFORT- Last week in Frankfort, your elected House Republicans worked hard to promote something we all should value, transparency in government. 

    Our caucus attempted to bring the first reading on Senate Bill 45. It would require public disclosure of all retirement benefits for all current and past legislators. SB 45 passed the Senate earlier this session by a margin of 38-0, with all members voting.

    Unfortunately, the bill did not enjoy the same success in the House and we have not had an opportunity to have discussion on the floor.

  • Bills filed and moving through legislative process

     Before our work together on the House floor each day, I hear testimony on a wide array of issues affecting Bullitt County and the Commonwealth in several legislative committees where I hold leadership roles.

  • Craziness not limited to any particular area

     By the time Bullitt Fiscal Court meets on Tuesday night, all of this discussion could be moot.

    We hope it is.

    The last time we gathered we were deeply entrenched into the affairs of the Shepherdsville City Council.

    That drama continues as a lawsuit has been filed by two councilmembers against the former and current mayor and three councilmembers.

    And, of course, that resulted in no meeting due to no quorum last week.

    So you think it’s only bad in Shepherdsville?

    Not so fast.

    Look at Hillview.

  • Quiet goodbyes to some former public servants

     Sometimes we lose people in the community who have served but have since dropped out of the limelight.

    Some may be elected officials who have made a difference and we write a larger obituary for that person.

    Others are elected officials who serve and then retired to times not in the spotlight.

    And others are here and then they move on to other areas.

    Today, I will take just a few moments to talk about a pair of individuals.

  • Kentucky drowning in pension financial crisis

     Here’s a chilling fact. If all 4.3 million Kentuckians were asked to pitch in to fix the state’s $36 billion public pension problem, every man, woman and child in the commonwealth would have to pay $8,268.

    That $36 billion obligation represents the unfunded liabilities that make Kentucky’s public pension systems among the worst-funded in the United States. (An unfunded liability is the difference between the value of pension benefits promised and the value of assets a pension plan has on hand.)

  • It Happened in FEBRUARY

     We will look back 25, 50, 75, and 99 years to capture glimpses of what was happening in Bullitt County in each of these years. Today we will focus on the month of February.


    1991 - 25 Years Ago

    George Valentine was pictured in the paper receiving congratulations from Leon Remington on his appointment as the interim school superintendent.

  • Flu is here - Does your child know “sniffle etiquette?”

      It might have taken longer than normal, but the flu has finally started to pop up in Kentucky. Locally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports flu activity as widespread. Health officials say many of these germs are being spread by children.

    Drew Duerson, M.D., pediatrician with Kosair Children’s Hospital Medical Associates – Shepherdsville, explains why the flu likes to strike this time of year.