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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Smokers can, do quit smoking

     Many adult smokers started as teenagers due to peer pressure - to look “cool” or to look older.  For most, those reasons no longer exist. 

    As reported in a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, nearly 7 out of every 10 (68%) current U.S. adult cigarette smokers state that they wanted to quit tobacco completely. Since 2002, the number of former smokers has been greater than the number of current smokers (CDC). 

  • Yellow house needs to be saved

     On Main Street Mount Washington, there is two-story yellow house with intricate white details decorating the front.

    The colorful paneling and wide boards always left 7-year-old me fantasizing about what life what like in Mount Washington circa 1920. Even now, at 25, I find myself fantasizing about running a bakery on the bottom floor and making the second floor an apartment to live in.

  • BBB warns of Hurricane Harvey scams

     With the effects of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Texas, many people are opening their hearts and wallets to try to help the victims in the area. Unfortunately, events like these provide an opportunity for scammers.

  • BBB: Phony Landlords Rent Too-Good-to-Be-True Apartments

      Looking for an apartment? Watch out for this con using the Airbnb name. Phony landlords post photos of too-good-to-be-true rentals and claim the property will be managed by Airbnb. In reality, both the property and the relationship with Airbnb are fake.

    How the Scam Works

  • AAA offers traffic safety tips for the “Great American Eclipse”

     Interest in the biggest coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. has been growing leading up to the big event on Monday, August 21st!

    Fourteen states -- from Oregon to South Carolina -- lie in the “totality zone”, a 70-mile-wide, 3,000-mile-long arc where the moon will appear to completely blot the sun.  With all the buzz surrounding this celestial event, AAA East Central cautions those seeking an ideal location to view the eclipse to be mindful of traffic congestion and distracted driving.