Today's Opinions

  • Gubernatorial candidates talk about farming

     LOUISVILLE -- Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) Board of Directors met last week with gubernatorial candidates Jack Conway and Matt Bevin to discuss positions on issues affecting the state’s agriculture industry.

    Conway (D) and Bevin (R) fielded questions from the KFB leaders and explained their positions during the two-hour meeting at the farm organization’s state office.

    KFB President Mark Haney said the meeting gave the organization’s leadership and all Kentuckians an opportunity to gauge the differences between the two on key issues.

  • Quick action shows that you can make a difference

     You can still make a difference.

    When state highway officials mentioned that they would possibly not fix Old Preston Highway in northern Bullitt County, people came alive.

    Business owners, residents and motorists began to light up the phone lines to state Rep. Linda Belcher and magistrate Joe Laswell.

    They, in turn, called state transportation officials about their possible inclination to keep the road closed due to the broken culvert.

    A little pressure from this newspaper may have added to the fuel.

  • Thanks for so many great experiences in the county

     The time has come for farewell. 

    Friday will be my last day working at The Pioneer News.

    This transition will be bittersweet for me.

    I will be moving back to northern Kentucky to be closer to my family, but I am also sad to leave a lot of great people I have met here.

    I will miss Bill Harned’s jokes and Vivian Adams’ taco salads at the AARP meetings. 

    Jenny Estepp’s warm nature and smile. John Snider’s humor. 

    Barry Armstrong’s professionalism. 

  • Dukes of Hazzard wrong focus of very stupid act

     Fear not, Dukes of Hazzard fans: I have found a way to keep your beloved show on television.

    In recent weeks the TV Land television network has decided not to air episodes of the show. Some major businesses have refused to sell Dukes merchandise.

    The reasoning was based on an issue that arose following a recent tragedy, where a lone lunatic went into a church and murdered nine people.

    The lunatic’s reasoning was based upon racial bias and hatred that collected in his own mind, then was carried out through his physical actions.

  • Spend some time this summer at the library

     When was the last time you got lost in a good book? Give it a try this summer.

    I fear books have lost importance in youth’s lives today. When I was younger, we spent everyday at the library—checking out books, participating in the summer reading logs and programs. 

    I learned about so many different places and characters. I look forward to the day when I can share that same excitement with my children too.

    Have you ever spent so long watching TV that you feel like your brain’s turned to mush? 

  • Kindergarten students invited to meet staff, have a little fun

     The first day of the 2015-2016 school year for students is Wednesday, Aug. 12.

    Children starting kindergarten get a preview (along with their parents) Thursday, July 16, during the district’s annual Kindergarten Kickoff from 4-7 p.m. at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

    The free event is sponsored by the Bullitt County Public Schools Family Resource Centers.

  • Old Preston, new highway needs to be completed

     We know that there is a protected grass issue which is delaying the final phase of the Preston Highway expansion program.

    The stretch between Ruhl Acres and Highway 44 have hit a snag as EPA officials try to figure out how to protect the Glade Cress grass.

    But the other sections of new Preston Highway, along with a portion of Old Preston, must be finished as soon as possible.

    First, the culvert on Old Preston Highway needs to be replaced and the road reopened. Deciding that the road should not be fixed and reopened is not an option.

  • Letter to Editor

    Dear Editor,

    Nearly 240 years ago, our founding fathers declared our national independence from Great Britain. This 4th of July, let's declare our independence from the meat industry.

    More than 60 percent of U.S. agricultural subsidies pay for meat, dairy, and egg production. Fresh fruit and vegetable farmers receive less than one percent of the total. It's time to declare our independence by stopping these subsidies.