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Today's Opinions

  • Monday, April 18, deadline to register to vote in May

      FRANKFORT – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 17 Primary Election is next Monday, April 18.

    “Our democracy depends on all eligible voters participating in the process,” said Grimes. “Registering to vote is the first step in being part of the 2016 election cycle. I call on all Kentuckians to get registered and then vote on May 17.”

  • First 3 years been busy in circuit clerk’s office

     January 7 was the three-year mark for our first term in the office.  We had many goals when we came in.  Some of them have been met and some we are still working on.  So, where exactly do we stand and what have we done?

    For those who are unaware, Bullitt County is one of the fastest growing counties in Kentucky.  Statistically speaking, our Clerk’s office is the 5th most understaffed clerk’s office in the state.  Even with this, we have accomplished many things.

  • US Attorney, IRS: Beware of fraudulent tax preparers, schemes

     LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., joined by Tracey D. Montaño, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, urged the public today, to avoid dishonest tax-return preparers and their fraudulent schemes, and urged taxpayers to pay federal income taxes on time and in full, during a press conference today, at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisville.

  • Kentucky Flu Activity Level is Widespread for 9th Consecutive Week

     FRANKFORT – Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials are reporting “widespread” flu activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the ninth consecutive week. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

  • JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: Beware of fraudulent tax schemes, preparers

     WASHINGTON – With tax season in full swing, the Justice Department urged the public today to avoid dishonest tax-return preparers who fleece their customers and illegally drain the U.S. Treasury.  Noting that every taxpayer is ultimately responsible for the contents of his or her own return, Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Tax Division also warned the public to be wary of anyone who guarantees a refund or who claims to sell a sure-fire way to reduce your taxes.

  • Legislative session focusing on budget issues

     FRANKFORT- The focal point of the 2016 Legislative Session is the Executive Branch budget, which took one more step last week in the legislative process as it passed out of the Kentucky House of Representatives on a strict party line vote. 

    Due to several differences from the plan proposed by our caucus earlier this week, some good and some bad, all of our members refrained from casting a vote during this initial round.

  • Budget proposal will finally discussed by Senate

     After over two months of anticipation and debate, the Senate finally received the state budget bill from the House midway through the 11th week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly. Governor Bevin was elected in a landslide because the people of Kentucky recognized a need for financial change and fiscal responsibility.

    We think the upcoming budget will reflect those needs for the betterment of the Commonwealth.

  • Saying Goodbye

     A few notes about some of those who have passed recently and their ties to the community…

    *Robert Harned, known as Bob, to most, recently passed away.

    For many, many years, the Lebanon Junction man has played a major role in agriculture in the community.

    As a young editorial person put in charge of advertising, my biggest memories were his days of owning Bullitt County Feeders.