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Today's Opinions

  • Flu is here - Does your child know “sniffle etiquette?”

      It might have taken longer than normal, but the flu has finally started to pop up in Kentucky. Locally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports flu activity as widespread. Health officials say many of these germs are being spread by children.

    Drew Duerson, M.D., pediatrician with Kosair Children’s Hospital Medical Associates – Shepherdsville, explains why the flu likes to strike this time of year.

  • Things heat up on Senate floor

     Heated floor speeches, huge committee hearings, and the observance of Presidents’ Day highlighted the seventh week of the 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. As we have passed the halfway point of this session, the countdown begins as we in the Senate anticipate the forthcoming 2016-2018 budget bill from the House of Representatives.

    There was no shortage of bill movement in the Senate this week as we passed two of our priority bills, Senate Bill (SB) 1 and SB 5.

  • Need new leadership

     Well, here we go again.

    Our town is now under siege by the James Gang and Calamity Taft.

    But not to worry. The great citizens of this city know what’s going on.

    After next election, some of the members of the current administration will have to find a new hobby.

    Gregory Troutman

  • Support Jennifer Stepp

     Melanie Roberts running for state representative.

    First thoughts were hooray we would have her leaving the county.

    Second thought was if she hasn’t done anything in the county for the people of the county, why is she now being persuaded by Washington politics to be in Frankfort?

    The Republicans only want her there for her vote.

    Better question is why would she give up a salary of $100,000-plus (that is correct, one hundred thousand) for approximately $30,000?

  • Homeless efforts working

     The current state of homelessness in Bullitt County and surrounding areas as verified by over 40,000 hours of intensive care.

    We have slept with them. We have prepared hot meals for them daily. We have provided transportation for job interviews, doctor appointments, transported ‘guests’ from church location both morning and afternoon as well as a myriad of other essential transportation needs.

  • Priority bills getting passage, movement

      Hollywood stars, national organizations and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session. With many guests, packed committee meetings, and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort.

  • Session starts to get into discussing proposed bills

     Let’s clear the air. An automated, pre-recorded “robo call‚“ was made two weeks ago lying about how I voted on Senate Bill 4.

    I urge you, please, before you believe the calls, check the facts. We were taking a procedural vote, which means we were voting on rules on how to take up a topic, not on a particular issue.

    We were being pushed to vote on a procedural motion to bypass the committee system and suspend the rules to vote on a bill before it has been debated and, in some cases, even read. I don’r think that’s fair.

  • When will the circus actually leave town?

     The question is a good one... when will the circus leave town?

    There was nothing positive that could be taken from the meeting last week of the Shepherdsville City Council. And the lone winner may have been the man who started all the commotion -- former mayor Scott Ellis -- because the attention shifted quickly from his resignation to the way his position was filled.

    Over the past year, there had been a cloud hanging over the heads of Shepherdsville residents.