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Today's Opinions

  • Southern loop may be dream really worth dreaming about

     Many years ago, officials in nearby Jefferson County thought they needed a loop around the southern portion of its community.

    At the time, there wasn’t a lot of growth. The area wasn’t particularly full of lavish, expensive subdivisions.

    And there probably weren’t a lot of votes to be had by aspiring politicians.

    Instead, the Gene Snyder Freeway was a dream. It is was completed a small piece a little at a time.

    And, who would have thought the two bridges over the Ohio River would be built?

  • Do something good throughout the year

     It happens every year… and I just don’t get it.

    Every year, through my position with the community newspaper, I get to see the good that comes with the spirit of the holiday season.

    Each year I get to see groups and individuals going out of their way to make Christmastime special for others.

    Whether its for needy children, the homeless, senior citizens, or just doing a little something for those that need some good cheer, somehow Christmas always arrives and the local folks seem to pull it through.

  • 2018 should be year of growth for county in so many ways

     The new year is here. The new challenges are before us. The question is how will be tackle those challenges and new opportunities.

    The past year was pretty good. But we can’t look behind us. Someone might pass us.

    The biggest challenge is the selection of a new school superintendent. While we’re still really not sure why we are in the middle of this process, the powers that be have determined that the school district needs to take a different direction.

  • James Collings -- sheriff, hardware dealer

     The Collings came from Virginia and settled in Kentucky.  James Collings’s grandfather was Abner Collings.  

    Abner was born in 1805 in Virginia or Kentucky.  Abner married Harriett Simmons in 1830 in Bullitt County, Kentucky when he was 25 years old. Harriett was born in 1805 in Virginia or Kentucky.  Abner and Harriett had four children.  They were Mary Jane, William Sanford, Benjamin Franklin and Maria Collings. 

  • Barnes House needs your help

     About a week ago, I wrote another editorial about that old yellow house in Mount Washington at risk of destruction (formerly referred to as “the Barnes house”.)

    Unlike the first one I wrote back in September urging residents to care about the house, this one criticized the mayor and city council for, well, not caring.

    There is a group of residents, largely composed of the Mount Washington Historical Society, working to raise the necessary funds to ensure the city keeps a bit of its character in its downtown area. 

  • What a crazy week it was in Frankfort

     FRANKFORT --- As legislators were debating Friday night whether to give final approval to a major revenue bill, someone brought up the old joke about how most of us would prefer to fund government: Don’t tax you, don’t tax me; tax that fellow behind the tree.

    Based on that, those supporting this new law must have a large tree in mind, because that’s where they placed 95 percent of us, according to an analysis by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

  • Pension bill was flushed

     The only honest and appropriate thing about the way our legislature “passed” the Kentucky teachers pension cut was flushing it through on the bottom of a wastewater bill.

    I was sorry to see Bullitt County Representative Russell Webber and State Senator Dan Seum helped operate the commode.

    Bill Harned

  • Athletic scholarships 101

     SHEPHERDSVILLE – There were six players this winter that played basketball at Spalding University in Louisville, both males and females.

    That is great. All six of those players had stories about their college signings in this newspaper.

    And they all had something else in common. Not one of them got paid a dime based on their basketball ability.

    Spalding is an NCAA Division III program. Division III programs are not allowed to give athletic aid.