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Opinion

  •     It’s hard to believe, but flu season is upon us.

        Seasonal Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness. This means that it can affect your nose, throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs.

        It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent or lessen the severity of the flu is to be vaccinated every fall.            

  •     Like school kids atop a snow-covered hill during a driving storm - oblivious to conditions around them - so health nannies stand, gleefully ready to push us and our freedoms down a slippery slope leading to a ride that might not offer so much fun.

        I don’t question the motives behind a smoking-ban proposal now under consideration by the Bullitt County Health Department and its Board of Health. They and many - including me - have grave concerns about the health of Kentuckians.

  • Most stories do have two sides. And most issues have at least two sides.

    In the case of whether planners should limit or even prohibit new private roads is a tough issue.

    Recently, a family in Mount Washington was interested in selling a farm. They were not interested in becoming developers.

    They wanted to get rid of the property for the best price to settle an estate.

    The family retained an auction company to do that.

  • If educators didn’t have enough on their plates, local leaders are pushing to increase ACT scores for students.

    A think tank summit was held recently for Bullitt County educators. The message was simple - preparing youngsters for life after high school is the number one goal and a key indicator is the ACT.

    This test has been used for years to determine college readiness. The state of Kentucky mandated that all juniors must take the test, free of charge.

  • BBB Hot Topics: November 2010

     

  •     America’s war veterans come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and ages. Their collective experience spans two world wars and several foreign conflicts. They have followed war mules through Flanders Field, dropped from landing barges onto the beaches of Normandy, faced the icy cold of Porkchop Hill and trudged through the rice paddies of the Mekong Delta.

        But, regardless of differences in makeup and experience, all veterans share a common bond - a brotherhood of memory and hard-won wisdom that helps define their character.

  •     Recently filmmaker Ken Burns released his addendum to the famous “Baseball” mini series, updating the history of the professional game over the past 20 years.

        As exciting as baseball history can be, even to an average fan of the sport, the new Burns edition brought both good and bad memories.

        As unfortunate as the game itself over the years, Burns presented a prevalent problem that will plague baseball and its precious history for decades: Steroid use and abuse.

  •     How many times has it been said that road improvements won’t be made until there is a fatality?

        The number of fatalities on a roadway should not be reason for highway improvements.

        But, if that is the criteria, the state should find the money to make improvements on Highway 61 and Highway 44.

        Currently, plans are awaiting money to continue the improvements on Highway 61 from Pioneer Village to Shepherdsville.

  • With a love of political science dating way back to my elementary school days, I must confess that I don’t follow a lot of the national and international issues.

    It seems that there are plenty of issues and problems existing within the boundaries of Bullitt County. That’s a full-time job.

    But from the days of running for class president to writing a paper on Richard Nixon back in elementary school, politics has been fascinating.

    If I were to ever get out of this great profession, politics could be my next stop.

  • Better Business Bureau Hot Topics: October 2010

    Businesses Beware! The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert to warn businesses and consumers about an IRS e-mail scam using the name of the government’s Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) in an attempt to infect a user’s computer with malware. The e-mail claims a tax payment made through EFTPS was rejected and directs the recipient to a different web site for more information. The IRS advises those receiving this message to forward the message to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

  • With Labor Day in our rear-view mirror, and hopefully the brutally hot weather as well, most of us are understandably looking forward to fall.

    Interests may range from football to festivals, but getting ready for hunting season or casting a line in the nearest lake or river ranks high on the list for many.

    Native Americans called Kentucky the Happy Hunting Ground for a reason, and now more than ever, there is no shortage of people who love getting outdoors.

  •     You know that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for you, but you’re constantly on the go.

        You can fit fruits and veggies into your everyday routine. Fruits and vegetables can be a part of a balanced diet anytime, anywhere.

        Fruits and veggies are easy while on the go. Follow these simple tips to include more fruits and veggies into your time away from home.

    On the Go with Fruits and Veggies:

  •     Trying to do what is right may not always be the best thing.

        No matter the side you happen to be on, any city that has gotten into a public debate over starting a wrecker service ordinance has been in trouble.

        For some reason, the debate over wrecker services is a very big deal in Bullitt County.

        Mount Washington has gone through the mess several times. Shepherdsville has most recently joined the fray.

  •     There are many, many intelligent people in the United States.

        There are many more intelligent people who have powers that the person behind this computer would never possess.

        But with unemployment still averaging around 10 percent in Kentucky, and higher in many others, it is time for someone in Washington to look at the big picture.

        Jobs.

        People need jobs. Jobs make the world and the economy go around.

  •     So, now what do we do since the election is over?

        We roll up our sleeves and get to work.

        While the number of issues discussed during any political season are often masked by the negative advertising, there are definitely platform items to be addressed at all levels of government.

        After we spend a few days getting all the political sign-ups picked up - those who leave signs for weeks, months and years should be fined - then it is time to practice what the winners have been preaching.

  • NOVEMBER 2010

     

    MONTH:

  • OCTOBER 2010

    MONTH:

    Adopt-A-Shelter Dog

    Animal Safety and Protection

    Antidepressant Death Awareness

    Apple

    Bake and Decorate

    Breast Cancer Awareness

    Caffeine Addiction Recovery

    Celebrating the Bilingual Child

    Celiac Disease Awareness

    Children's Magazine

    Chili

    Chiropractic

    Church Library

    Class Reunion

    Co-op Awareness

    Crime Prevention

    Cyber Security Awareness

    Cut Out Dissection