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Opinion

  •  It was a wonderful thing to hear that there could be a settlement between the city of Shepherdsville and the Southeast Bullitt Fire District.

  •  It’s not scientific. It’s not binding.

  •      Nothing we say today is any different than it was three years ago.

  •     Next Tuesday is what democracy is all about.

        You have the opportunity to make your voice heard on how you would like your local and federal government to be driven for the next few years.

        There is much discussion about how many people are disenchanted with government. This is nothing new.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The buyer should always beware.

    That is the message sent out by the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department and the Better Business Bureau.

    After a local couple was scammed by a roofing and paving contractor, Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department said his investigations, along with the BBB, has resulted in five scam operations.

  •     Let us all partake in a polygraph test to determine how many of us knew the outcome of the Nov. 2 elections.

        I knew there were very few races that might even be considered a “lock”. However, I didn’t realize how many people were not pleased with what has happened in recent history in government.

        It was definitely not a good day to be a Democrat or an incumbent.

        The groundswell of discontent spread throughout the country. Few felt it would trickle down to the local level.

  •     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.