•   As we bear down on the end of the 2018 Regular Session, it’s become crunch time in Frankfort. This week has seen many bills pass both the full House and House Committees, but there has been a clear focus on public safety and the brave Kentuckians who dedicate their lives to protecting us each and every day. 

  •   FRANKFORT -- Since the budget and pensions are what we hear about almost daily, it is certainly understandable if the public thinks that is what this year’s legislative session is all about.

    While the fate of those bills is what will ultimately be remembered most from the General Assembly’s time in the Capitol this year, that shouldn’t overshadow the many other important issues that the House and Senate are also considering.

  •  FRANKFORT -- The transportation bill passed the House last week and is on its way to the Senate.

    Bullitt County did better than many other districts.

    Current projects retained funding and several new projects were added.

    Our hope is that the Senate makes no changes to the road plan for Bullitt County.

    On a related transportation issue, the House approved a bill last week dealing with disability placards for parking.

  •   Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, when most U.S. states will spring forward an hour.

    With the change comes a change in when the sun rises and sets, and that can affect drivers and pedestrians.

    Across the nation, pedestrian deaths have increased— and that’s why AAA East Central urges all adults to pay attention while driving or walking outdoors as everyone adjusts to the time change. 

  •  Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for March 2018!

  •  The community lost a couple of giants recently.

    You couldn’t have a better name as sheriff than Shot Dooley.

    One of my first interviews was with Shot, who due to a change in the state Constitution, was allowed to run for re-election as sheriff.

    He would serve four terms and then go on  to serve on the Mount Washington City Council.

    He was one of those bigger than life kind of guys.

    His biggest fault was that he wanted to  help everyone  and didn’t want to disappoint anyone.

  •  Last week, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed the two-year budget, aimed to set Kentucky on a robust path for the future, by a vote of 76-15. 

  •  FRANKFORT -- After being sworn in last week, I am hard at work in Frankfort, filing two bills and co-sponsoring others that I feel will improve our county and Commonwealth. I also made sure we were represented on voting for the state budget.

    When Governor Bevin presented his proposal to the General Assembly in late January, it quickly became clear that his proposed cuts to education would be too much for our schools to handle.

  •  Candidates for the major county offices should be prepared -- there will be at least a couple of forums this spring.

    We don’t want to surprise anyone. From all the discourse we’ve seen on social media, the forum for the special election came as a surprise and was rigged in favor of the Democratic candidate.

    As one of the sponsors, who is normally just the publicity arm for the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, we’ve heard enough.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reminds Kentuckians to follow safety guidelines in the wake of severe flooding and water run-off throughout the state.

    The following precautions are recommended by DPH:

    Flood Waters

  •  LOUISVILLE – The recent damage done by floods in Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana brings out the best in people, as strangers reach out to help others in need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of a crisis also brings out contractors who take advantage of those who have already been victimized.

    As a follow up, your local Better Business Bureau is warning local residents affected by the recent flooding to beware of storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reminds Kentuckians to follow safety guidelines in the wake of severe flooding and water run-off throughout the state.

  •  John Jacob Peacock was born in 1769 in New Jersey.  John Jacob is of Scottish Descent.

  •  What is the worst time that rolls around every two years?

    Election time.

    For those who love the political game, it is great.

    However, for those who hate to read and hear about the campaigns and those running for office, it can be awful.

    And, it is this negative tone that drives many people away from the political system.

    While this is being written well before the polls closed for the special election in the 49th District, we would guess that turnout would be 10 percent or less.

  •  Bullitt County Public Library is working to develop a three-year Strategic Plan and would greatly appreciate your input. To that end, the Library has created a community survey aimed at learning more about individual community members and how the Library’s services and programs can be expanded and improved to better meet their needs.

  •   In Frankfort, diligent work continues on a pension reform proposal and a responsible budget. As those two issues consume much time and effort, there are also several other critical bills moving through the House.

  •  A study released by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reveals an estimated 1 million Americans have been victimized in romance fraud scams with losses nearing $1 billion over the last three years. BBB warns those who use dating websites to be wary of scammers who prey on unsuspecting victims.

  •  Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for February 2018!

  •  Will having Melanie Roberts serve as president of the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association reap big benefits for Bullitt County?

    Probably not.

    Will having Troy Beam lead a tourist organization do anything to put more heads in beds at local hotels?

    Maybe not.

    But what it will do is provide the rest of Kentucky a different perspective of Bullitt County.

    If is nice to have good people leading statewide organizations. It presents a different image to others.

  •  At first glance, it looks like Gov. Matt Bevin is serious about funding the stressed pension accounts -- at all cost.

    Seventy programs are slated to get the ax and most agencies will receive a reduction in funding.

    Of course, it is still January and the real budget decisions are still weeks away.

    But from the viewpoint miles and miles away from Frankfort, the commonwealth of Kentucky is short on “wealth” and full of needs.

    Now, we just need some “common” sense discussions among our lawmakers.