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Opinion

  •  FRANKFORT-– This July 4th we will celebrate the 239nd birthday of our great nation, when our forefathers unveiled the document that would help form the foundation of our United States, the Declaration of Independence. 

  • By now, you may have heard that our graduating senior class of 2015 rose to the challenge I posed to them back in the spring of 2011 when I spoke to them as exiting 8thgraders.

  • FRANKFORT – Fireworks are a tradition that go hand-in-hand with the Fourth of July.

     

    But all too often, that tradition can lead to injury. That’s why the Kentucky Optometric Association is urging families to take precautions to protect themselves and their children against the potential dangers of fireworks.

     

  •  What would a healthier Bullitt County look like?

    What goes into making a healthier community? 

    What needs to happen to make Bullitt County a healthier community by 2020?

    It has been five years since these questions were initially asked in the county. It is time to ask them again and assess whether there was any progress made toward a healthier county and what still needs to be done.

  •  The Boone family was the first pioneer family to come to Kentucky. 

    Squire Boone Sr. was born in England in 1696.  Squire’s parents were George Boone and Mary Maugridge. 

    In 1717, Squire, along with his brother George and sister Sarah, had traveled to America ahead of their parents.  They landed in Pennsylvania. 

    After his parents arrived in America they lived in Pennsylvania until their deaths.  His mother died in 1740 and his father died in 1744 in Pennsylvania.

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. – Fireworks are a tradition that go hand-in-hand with the Fourth of July.

    But all too often, that tradition can lead to injury. That’s why the Kentucky Optometric Association is urging families to take precautions to protect themselves and their children against the potential dangers of fireworks.

  •  FRANKFORT – Kentuckians are encouraged to attend a community celebration this Fourth of July holiday.

    Kentucky State Fire Marshal Bill Swope advises families to let the professionals entertain you.

    “Setting off fireworks at home runs the risk of injury and may also run the risk of violating local ordinances and state law,” Swope said. “Citizens should be aware of potential prohibitions against celebrating with fireworks as local governments can set their own fireworks ban.”

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. – The calendar said June 1, but the cold northeast wind, chilly rain and leaden skies seemed more like a bad day on the opening weekend of the April Keeneland meet.

    June finally arrived in Kentucky this week and water temperatures in lakes across the state inched their way up toward the high 70s.

    “Black bass are in post spawn now,” said Jeff Ross, assistant director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “They should be completely done with spawning.”

  •  FRANKFORT – Encounters with young wildlife increase in spring as people spend more time outdoors.

    An unattended deer fawn curled up in tall grass. A litter of rabbits discovered alone in the backyard. A baby bird furiously flapping its wings but struggling to get off the ground.

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s June 2015 Hot Topics

    1.    A local consumer received a call from 888-675-3768 from a person claiming to be with Humana Health Insurance. The consumer was told he had to purchase a prime policy. The scammer wanted personal information. Humana is NOT making these calls.

  •  In October 2008, The Cabinet for Health and Family Services issued a Certificate of Need (CON) authorizing the conversion of an existing outpatient health center in Bullitt County, Kentucky, into a 60-bed acute care hospital. 

    The CON was issued to Jewish Hospital Medical Center South, an entity that is now part of the KentuckyOne Health system.

    The issuance of the CON was the culmination of a lot of work by me and by former State Senator Gary Tapp.

  •   Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have served. But sadly, it has also become a key opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans.

    As Memorial Day approaches, the Better Business Bureau urges consumers and donors to be aware of scammers that feed off of the military.

  •  Often times we have opportunities for the future.

    Those opportunities can leave a stamp or a legacy.

    Unfortunately, things get in the way of such opportunities -- which often don’t come along very often.

    While not trying to measure the impact of the recent decision of the Shepherdsville City Council to the drive of former Gov. Martha Layne Collins and the Toyota deal, there are similarities.

    Both projects were large in scale in terms of what the respective government agencies had been dealing with.

  •   French writer Gustave Flaubert once wrote, “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” 

    In this age of posts, tweets, and sound-bites, it is easy to think that the real art of writing is essentially dead.  But, as Flaubert implies, the careful setting down of words on a page is not just a method by which we communicate, it is more importantly a method by which we develop that most important of all academic and citizenship skills: critical thinking. 

  •  Bullitt County is never short on controversy. But some of it is getting a bit scary.

    We’ve had a fire chief who has said the wrong things on several occasions that got him in trouble and caused him to lose a job he dearly loved.

    We’ve had a police chief who has been found guilty of lying to federal investigators. That case will surely be appealed in federal court but it has cost the long-time officer his job.

  •  During this week each year, hundreds of visitors will return to Bullitt County. It is a short hop to the festivities associated with the Kentucky Derby.

    We hope you enjoy your stay. For many, this is an annual occurrence. 

    Bullitt County has plenty to offer. There is Bernheim Forest, four wineries, Jim Beam Distillery, Kart Kountry, Zappos, Donna Sharp Quilts and a whole lot more. 

    Dozens of antique and consignment shops are found throughout the community.

  •  BBB's Wise Giving Alliance (WGA) is warning donors to avoid being taken advantage of by scammers who want to make money off of the Nepal earthquake tragedy.

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s April 2015 Hot Topics

    1.    Looking for last-minute Kentucky Derby and Oaks tickets? Deal with a reputable business. Check out the company at bbb.org. Also, while websites like Craigslist may have legitimate sellers, some of them are scammers. Remember, the site offers no guarantees. Tip: If you are asked to wire money, it is almost guaranteed to be a scam.

  •  FRANKFORT– The House and Senate worked from the late night of Tuesday into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, adding an additional day to wrap up the 2015 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

     During the final hours until we adjourned around 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning, agreements were reached on several key bills including what many consider to be the top priority for this session, addressing the growing problem of heroin.

  •   There is a lot of research indicating that almost all students who attend school on a regular basis attain at least adequate levels of academic success.

    When Woody Allen said “Eighty percent of success is showing up,” he wasn’t far off. 

    Obviously, we want more than 80 percent of success, but the quote and the research taken together begs the question of why students miss school and what can we, as a school system and a community of thoughtful adults, do about it.