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Opinion

  •  It’s kind of funny how quickly one discussion can lead to another and how a non-issue becomes a major issue.

    Shepherdsville mayor Curtis Hockenbury and the council started a recent conversation about whether an agency could be given access to the community center several hours a day.

    Before you could bat an eye, the public works department would take over the use of the Shepherdsville Community Center and several groups would be left looking for other options.

    The decision took a matter of minutes.

  •  FRANKFORT – In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and law enforcement agencies are asking drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign.

  •  As many of you know, in this past legislative session, we have taken significant action to reform education in Kentucky.

    Regardless of all of the hyperbole, our reforms will go a long way in providing better educational opportunities for some of the students in our state who so desperately need it.

    The Governor recently signed House Bill 520 into law, making Kentucky the 44th state to allow for the establishment of charter schools.

  •  FRANKFORT - With the start of youth spring turkey hunting season less than a week away, the Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is urging hunters carrying on the state's rich hunting traditions to be especially careful during Spring Forest Fire Season.

    KDF offers the following tips for a wildfire-safe hunting experience.

    · BE CAREFUL WITH ALL FIRES: Whether a campfire, gas lantern, cook stove, barbecue, etc., all can quickly start fires in dry forests.

  •  Instead of starting your morning with breakfast, you start by packing up your things. 

    Your mom says our stay at the hotel is over and we have to find a new place to go.

    You’re late to school again because mom’s car wouldn’t start this morning and you had to find a ride there. 

    She kisses you goodbye telling you everything will be okay, but you’re not so sure.

    Your stomach rumbles, but you’re too late for breakfast. 

  •  FRANKFORT – We are in the final stretch of the Regular Session and the House has been hard at work to better Kentucky. 

    We passed a variety of measures as of late that will expand educational choice in Kentucky, reform our legal system, and positively benefit our area. 

  •  Sunshine Week is celebrated across the nation every March to highlight the importance of open government and how only transparency can ensure accountability. 

    In Kentucky, Sunshine Week (March 12-18) could not come at a more important time, as the very protections afforded by our state’s Open Records laws are being attacked, and could even be eviscerated, by some of our public universities.

  •  Over the past decade, transparency in government has been the big buzzword.

    As we celebrate Sunshine Week across the nation, it is important that the public takes an active role in its government.

    In a recent survey by Pulse Research Inc. in Kentucky, the overwhelming finding is that people still read newspapers.

    And, one of the key items they look for in their local newspaper is legal notices.

    This survey which was one in which individuals were invited to go online, over 340 people participated.

  •  FRANKFORT — With just a few days left of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, much work remains, but much has been accomplished, especially as of late. Important legislation has passed on a variety of fronts, including education reform, reforms to our legal system, and promoting industrial hemp in Kentucky.

    At the end of last week, the House passed critical legislation that would expand school choice, and provide more opportunities for low-income children to receive a high quality education.

  •  Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency provides services for people in Bullitt, Shelby and Spencer counties and approximately eight years ago I accepted the position of Executive Director and made Kentucky my new home.  

    While I was not raised in Bullitt County, it certainly reminds me of my home county of Perry County, Ind.—predominantly a farming community with down to earth people who care about their neighbors and are willing to give a helping hand.

    Now I need to ask our neighbors for support.   

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s March 2017 Hot Topics:

    Hoping to be the next MTV Real World cast member? A local consumer was contacted by the “casting crew” and sent in pictures. After she was “selected,” she was then asked to give money to hold her spot during the casting call. This is a scam.

  •  The governing body in Mount Washington has taken a different approach to bringing in needed businesses to its community.

    Recently, the city purchased a building which got its start as a Pizza Hut many, many years ago.

    The price, including the existing restaurant equipment, was a cool $550,000.

    Most governmental agencies do not have that kind of money to spend.

  •  As a kick-off to National Consumer Protection Week, the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust has compiled information for the first BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report.

    The information gathered by BBB Scam Tracker in 2016 has some surprising insights into exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss.

    Reanna Smith-Hamblin, President/CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky, says “This study shows that people from all demographics are vulnerable to scams.”

  •  FRANKFORT- The pace in Frankfort has picked up substantially, as another week of committee meetings, ceremonies, and floor votes have gone by. We have passed a variety of bipartisan legislation that will go far in increasing government transparency and caring for the most vulnerable among us. 

    At the end of last week, we passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2, which will go back to the Senate for concurrence and then on to the Governor for his signature. 

  •  FRANKFORT — Following the conclusion of week 3 of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the people’s House has accomplished a great deal, but there is much left to o. Thankfully, Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has charted a new course for Kentucky. 

  •  Most readers will know that to say “potential energy” is another way of saying “stored” energy, like when you turn the propeller on the balsa wood rubber band powered plane until it is so twisted it is getting ready to break. 

    To turn it into kinetic energy, one just has to let go and away the plane soars.

    During the last couple of weeks, I had my yearly opportunity to speak to our 8th grade class at all six middle schools. 

    That adds up to just over a thousand 13- or 14-year-old young men and women. 

  •  Maybe it was the sweet smell of bacon. Maybe it was the desire to stop writing big checks to attorneys. Maybe the parties finally realized that enough was enough.

    For whatever reason, the fire district board and the fire department board at Southeast Bullitt have been working together to reach an agreement for an amended contract.

    Over breakfast Saturday, the parties calmly and intelligently discussed a skeleton of a contract agreement.

    Only one real sticking point appeared -- the length of the contract.

  •  FRANKFORT — The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after a brief organizational break, and the week has been filled with legislative meetings as well as the daily session. 

    Most importantly, when we returned we heard from Gov. Matt Bevin as he delivered the State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the House and Senate. 

    Some major items that Governor Bevin touched on in his address were the need for tax and pension reform. 

  •  FRANKFORT -- The hallways were packed with Kentuckians from across the state making their voices heard as we began the second part of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. 

    I was especially heartened at the passionate crowd for the Rally for Life on Wednesday, February 8, and later in the evening that energy and excitement continued during Governor Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth Address.

    Hundreds of people filled the Capitol to celebrate the sanctity of life alongside Bevin and members of the General Assembly.

  •  Here’s a new edition that will run occasionally in The Pioneer News.

    The Suggestion Box will be open to the public to give ideas. But we don’t want suggestions that my neighbor has a junk car next door. The suggestions are to be what are some ideas to help the entire community.

    We will pass those suggestions on to the proper agencies and try to do a little tracking on whether anything is done. Once again, these are to help benefit the community, in general.

    Send your suggestions to: editor@pioneernews.net