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Today's Opinions

  • Rising injection drug use sparks Hepatitis C cases

     Injection drug use, especially heroin, is skyrocketing in the United States, and among the many disastrous consequences is an increase in people infected with Hepatitis C. 

    Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that can cause liver disease, cirrhosis, cancer, and death.  For some people, infection may cause a short illness.  However, 70-85% of people with Hepatitis C go on to develop chronic infection.

  • Skip the Turkey on Thanksgiving

     While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life.

    And here are some good reasons:

    *You can brag about pardoning a turkey - like Obama.

    *You truly are what you eat. Who wants to be a “butterball”?

    *Fruits and vegetables don’t have to carry government warning labels.

    *You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

  • Loss of a great team member

     Frank and Margaret Hatfield have been community service leaders for as long as most of us remember.

    Bullitt County never had a better known and loved couple around the state of Kentucky.

    With the passing of Frank, we lost half of a rare and wonderful team -- both AARP volunteers.

    We share Margaret Hatfield’s loss of a very brilliant and a very good man.

    Bill Harned, Mount Washington AARP

  • Follow safety tips to make your Thanksgiving tasty and safe

     WASHINGTON -- Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece - the turkey - is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many are not experienced at roasting one. USDA wants consumers to know that a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, exist to help consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise. 

  • BBB Tips on Holiday Shopping

     The holiday shopping season is here! Whether you are planning to go out shopping on Black Friday, or shop from home on Cyber Monday, here are some shopping tips from your Better Business Bureau.

    Black Friday Shopping

    Know before You Go. Many retailers will release their Black Friday deals online, in social media, and other publications. Some will also send emails (sign up for their email alerts). Research where the sales are and make a list of your gift priorities to compare prices and plan your day of deals.

  • Thanks should be given daily

      A lot of bad things are happening in our world today.

    From terrorist bombings to the all-too-common shootings in our communities, things do not seem right with the world.

    But, even in light of the bad, we should all take a moment this time of year to give thanks.

    No matter how small or no matter how large, there is something we can all be thankful for at this Thanksgiving season.

    As a newspaper, we are also thankful.

  • Efforts to deal with homeless issue shows heart, desire

     It’s one of those subjects that few people want to discuss. But it is also reality.

    Over the past four weeks, reporter Stephen Thomas has profiled some of the efforts being undertaken to address a growing problem -- homelessness.

    Many years ago, the late Shepherdsville mayor Adrian Jones had a dream of starting a homeless shelter in the community. Some 25 years ago, he saw a need.

  • Turkeys gone wild this year

     Many Bullitt Countians already have their Christmas decorations up, but many more are concerned about a potential crisis situation threatening to affect the nation, even local areas.

    Americans are living in fear of the Great Turkey Shortage projected throughout the country, primarily by the companies that sell turkeys.

    A potential early solution to the local issue was a proposed donation offered by Beam Suntory, makers of Jim Beam, who offered to supply the area.