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Today's Opinions

  • Flurry of bills considered early in short session

     FRANKFORT -- The 2015 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is nearing the halfway point, and with few days left to take up legislation a flurry of key bills passed in the House this past week.

    Among the bills passed in the House include allowing a local option sales tax in Kentucky, combating the growing issue of heroin in our Commonwealth, and proposals to raise the minimum wage and implement a smoking ban across the state.

  • We must all realize that homeless woes exist

     Many years ago, a very intelligent and well-respected man told us that there was no drug problem in Bullitt County.

    Even 25 years ago, there was a drug problem in the county and in the region.

    Now, there is another problem that many would like to ignore -- homelessness.

    We’re not talking about someone who lost his or her home due to financial problems. We’re talking about people who are literally walking around with no clue where  they might spend t he next night.

  • Does snow make us crazy?

     Is it simply the falling of those pretty white flakes that make us a little crazy?

    Or is it just a coincidence?

    Probably just a coincidence that everyone hits the grocery stores on those days preceding a big snow storm.

    And probably just another coincidence that people get interested in buying shovels and salt on the days before a snowy storm.

    It’s probably just a coincidence that the viewship on The Weather Channel, once a proud member of the Landmark family, goes through the roof.

  • KSP offers winter driving tips

     FRANKFORT - Kentuckians are being dealt a wintery weather blast and KSP is asking motorists to be aware that weather conditions may change rapidly over the next few days.

    “Winter weather provides new challenges and responsibilities to the public and the Kentucky State Police,” says KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb.

  • Winter stresses on trees and shrubs

     Heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in residential landscapes.

    Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse effects of winter weather with preventive maintenance.

    What can happen in winter, and how can you avoid it?

  • Short session gets started quickly with key issues

     It’s our first week back in this second part of the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, our shorter annual session held in odd-numbered years.

    I’m glad to be back doing the work of the 49th district.

    Earlier in January, we elected our leadership, established committee assignments, and adopted rules of procedure before returning to our districts to touch base with you and your concerns. 

  • Initial plan to establish mutual aid good start

     Erik Butler is saying all the right things and tackling all the right issues.

    Our assumption is that by the time you are reading this, Butler would have officially been hired as the new chief of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department.

    The board was to meet on Tuesday night with Butler expecting to be named chief.

    Even with the interim tag around his neck, Butler has made some great strides.

  • Deaths leave holes to be filled

     Holes in the soul.

    Those were the words of the minister conducting funeral services for Les Bandy on Monday afternoon.

    Starting year number 31, you get to know a lot of people. Some are elected officials who seem to dominate the press. Others may be individuals who quickly go about their work.

    Over the past couple of weeks, the Bullitt County community suffered some holes. Holes that will be patched but they will not be forgotten.