Today's Opinions

  • Don't hurt Medicare

     Under the new tax plan about to become law, the resulting deficit will trigger Medicare cuts under existing pay-as-you-go rules. 

    The cuts would reduce payments to doctors and other medical service providers causing some to choose dropping Medicare patients. AARP has presented a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to prevent this catastrophe.

    Nearly 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 each day over the next 15 years and those of us long past that age will tell you how vital Medicare has been to us.

  • Impact of insurance

     Kidney disease impacts thousands of Kentuckians. As a social worker, I take on the role as an advocate for my patient’s. They rely on me to ensure they receive the care they need and are treated fairly. Healthcare continues to be a hot topic in the media, but there is one little known issue that deeply threatens my patients’ access to care.

  • It Happened in DECEMBER

     We will be looking back 10, 30, 50, 70, and 90 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 2007, 1987, 1967, 1947, and 1927 in the month of December.


    2007 - 10 Years Ago.

    Doug Puckett was selected as the new Shepherdsville police chief by Mayor Sherman Tinnell. The two were pictured shaking hands while Mrs. Puckett looked on.

  • Real Santa to deliver despite fake news

     Will he or won’t he?

    That was the question on the minds of most Americans as word began to spread that Santa Claus may skip the country this year during his annual Christmas gift-giving visit.

    A statement by Claus, through his attorney, Ixnay Heimerdinger, was officially released through the North Pole newspaper, the Kringler.

    In the statement, Claus said that negative actions by the United States of America in 2017 weren’t the only reasons there could be a country-wide naughty list.

  • Office of Highway Safety, KSP reminds motorists to ‘plan a ride’ this holiday season

      FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) is reminding motorists to be responsible behind the wheel as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign continues through Jan. 1, 2018.

  • Holiday events are spectacular

     From all accounts, all four of the holiday events hosted by the cities of Hillview, Mount Washington, Lebanon Junction and Shepherdsville were record-setting events.

    Attendance estimates were all very high and the weather was spectacular the first weekend of December.

    (Hillview’s Winterfest was held indoors on the night in November when the storms came through the county.)

    As I was getting ready for the Shepherdsville festivities to begin, there were some thoughts which came to mind.

  • Support the mayor

     WOW, I could not believe my eyes, when I walked out to my paper box and got my wonderful Pioneer News paper and saw one of the headlines, that stated, “BROWN CALLS FOR MAYOR TO RESIGN!” 

    After reading the article, I could not understand, why former council member Brown would even consider that. Let me tell you why, I could not believe that. It was both Mr. Brown & Mr. Hatfield who pushed all of our GREAT CITIZENS to call the council and appoint Mr. Hockenbury to fill the remaining term of Mayor Scott Ellis. 

  • Audit reveals just about what many had anticipated... no documentation

     The city of Shepherdsville spent over $15,000 for a special audit of its financial dealings from 2013-16.

    Depending upon who you asked, there is some debate over the return on the investment.

    There is no doubt the money was well spent. The question is what has the city found out and what will be done because of it.

    The major issue found by the auditing team of Jones Nale and Mattingly was that there were many expenses paid without a lick of documentation.