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Opinion

  •  As chief justice, I find it disheartening that I can no longer assure you that the courts in Kentucky will be open when you need them. 

    For the first time in modern history, we will have to close every courthouse in the state to balance the Judicial Branch budget. 

    For three days in 2012, we must furlough all court personnel and close all courthouse doors because the General Assembly has not allotted enough money to fund court operations at current levels.

  •  Were you too busy to take time and read this column?

  •  Depending upon your perspective, the recent action of the Bullitt County Public School Board could be good or bad.

  •  There is always a lot of chirping from those who aren’t involved in the process. Most of the banter is from those offering some “free” advice to those having to make the tough decisions.

  •  If there exists a vital position needed for Bullitt County, it would be a professional planner.

  • Throughout their 4-H career, young people have ample opportunities to learn and experience leadership. 

    Some of the hands-on leadership opportunities come in the form of officer positions available to 4-H’ers at the county, district and state levels. 

    4-H offers clubs in many different interest areas. 

    Some 4-H’ers first leadership experience is being a club officer at the county level. It is here that youth learn how to plan and run a meeting.

  •  FRANKFORT – Kentucky homeowners who have had their homes foreclosed or are at-risk of having that happen have several avenues of assistance available to them, including money from a national, multi-billion dollar settlement.

    I want to make sure that all homeowners who are having a tough time with their mortgage payments know about these options. In some cases, they could be eligible for direct assistance. That’s money rightly owed to them, and it’s crucial they know more about it.

  •  We can understand all the political bantering about the health care reform act and the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  •  I have had different experiences throughout my lifetime. Some good, some bad. There is one experience I often think about because there are so many people who want everything their way or no way.

    This young man was married to a beautiful woman and she knew she was beautiful. She liked to party all the time. She dressed the part of a rich woman. They owed so much money he had to work six days a week to make ends meet. His wife knew how to spend money.

  •  We scream. We fight. We editorialize on these things. But, on this July Fourth holiday, it is time to reflect what a great right we all have to live in this country.

  •  The 4th of July is almost here and the people of Kentucky and Southern Indiana are in a patriotic frame of mind.  Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people may take advantage of your patriotic desire to support America’s soldiers.

  •  Michelle Arnold, DVM, Ruminant Extension Agent with the University of Kentucky, offers advice from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on handling cattle during extreme heat conditions.

    Actions to be taken before an extreme heat event:

    1. Monitor the weather.

    2. Prepare a summer feeding program, which is a low heat increment diet, to feed the cattle during heat waves.

    3. Ensure that there are no restrictions to air movement such as hay storage locations or wind breaks.

  •   Many Americans choose to celebrate their independence and express their patriotism on the Fourth of July with fireworks and sparklers. TNT Fireworks, the nation’s largest distributor of consumer fireworks and novelty items, encourages families nationwide to follow these simple steps from the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) to ensure their celebrations are safe:

    §  TAKE PRECAUTIONS. Always keep a hose and a bucket of water nearby in case of emergencies.

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. - Remember to boat safely as temperatures climb and traffic on Kentucky's waterways increases around the July 4 holiday season. 

  •  Sweltering hot days make it harder to keep your home cool, straining air conditioning systems and energy budgets. The Energy Education Council (EEC) offers some simple tips to boost comfort and save on electric bills during the sultriest of days:

  •  Leadership is something which can’t often be learned. It is a trait that either you have it or you don’t.

  •  Years ago if you had some kind of disease it was difficult to treat because they did not have the medicine to treat it with.

  •  My dad believed in the Lord. He read the Bible all the time. You could ask him anything in the Bible and he could tell you about it. He would turn the pages and show you and tell you about it also.

    My mother and dad were church-going people. They even bought their own seat that had their name on it in church. They went to the same church until they died. Some time the church was so full of people you had trouble finding a seat, especially on Mother’s or Father’s Day.

  •  Since President Clinton signed the bill on May 31, 1994 establishing National Men's Health Week, health organizations have placed special emphasis on educating the public about men's health issues the week of Father's Day. The purpose of Men's Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

  •  Better Business Bureau is warning university and high school students looking for work this summer to be careful to avoid job scams.

    Many Internet and newspaper ads have postings that claim: “sum­mer job, make $300 a day!” or “last year our employ­ees made $10,000 over the sum­mer.”

    Here are 10 tip-offs that the “employment opportunity” could be a scam: