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Opinion

  • Throw out the statistics.

    Throw out the logic.

    It’s time for a good, old fashioned debate just about election time.

    A study conducted by the University of Kentucky shows that second-hand smoke is quite prevalent in public places in Bullitt County.

    Probably no big shock.

    However, when communities get upset when government leaders save them money by hiring a single sanitation contractor, what would be the reaction if they imposed a smoking ban in restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues?

    We are about to find out.

  •     Recent numbers of dead fish found in the Salt River have become a barracuda of a problem during an important election year.

        Kentucky Fish and Wildlife representatives said the cause of the fish deaths was a result of natural causes based on weather conditions.

        The majority of the fish affected were Asian carp and paddlefish.

        Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts declared “a day of mourning for the paddlefish, followed by a night of evening.”

  •     In reflecting upon the editor’s suggestion of forming the WE Party, I thought about our past political leaders and their political party affiliations. If I could guide the founding of the party of WE I would want it to embody the spirit of a Jefferson Democrat and a Lincoln Republican; a Teddy Roosevelt Republican and an FDR Democrat; an Eisenhower Republican and a JFK Democrat.

  •     The media hates executive sessions, a nice way of saying our government leaders are hid away behind closed doors.

        Of course, the media isn’t pleased in judicial settings when judges and attorneys talk at the bench and we can’t hear them.

        But, journalists are resigned to the fact that under certain specific situations, elected officials have the right to discuss things as a group in private.

  •     In the “education industry,” we have begun to hear a great deal about preparing students for the future and equipping every student with 21st Century Skills.

        There has long been a great debate among educational philosophers about exactly what to teach, and how it should be taught.

  •     The school year is upon us. Whether your child or grandchild is in the public or private sector, classes will be beginning in the next few weeks.

        At no time in our history are we asking more of our teachers, our administrators and our students. We are also asking more of our parents and guardians.

        As the country shifts from manufacturing to service to technology, our educational system has had to change. We all know that change is not easy.

  •     Have you ever heard anyone say, “I love to raise taxes”?

        Probably not.

        The Bullitt County Public School Board members were faced with an interesting dilemma the other night.

        Do they increase the real property tax rate by 0 percent, 2 percent or 4 percent?

        After the motion to take the middle road failed, members were faced with either receive no additional revenue for the next year or take in about $1.5 million.

  • Know your bank balance

        While you’re in college, it’s important to carefully monitor your spending.

        You should know your general bank balance each time you make a transaction, because if you try to debit money that isn’t there, you will bounce a check or your card will deny the purchase.

        By balancing your account every month, you can keep track of your money and any bank fees, sometimes even spotting a rare error.

  • AUGUST 2010

    MONTH:

    American Adventures

    Audio Book Appreciation

    Black Business

    Cataract Awareness

    Catfish

    Children's Eye Health and Safety

    Children's Vision and Learning

    Get Ready for Kindergarten

    Happiness Happens

    Immunization Awareness

    Inventors'

    Minority Donor Awareness

    Motorsports Awareness

    Neurosurgery Outreach

    Panini

    Peach

    Psoriasis Awareness

    Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness

    Toddler

  •     I still enjoy celebrating holidays, so much that I always supply a list each month at www.pioneernews.net.

        That way Bullitt County can share the experience with me.

        One of the bigger holidays, Labor Day, is approaching, which has me wondering what everyone will be doing over the extended weekend.

  •     How important is the tea party movement in the United States?

        And how much impact will it make in Bullitt County elections?

        Maybe Bullitt County voters need a good dose of strong tea on election day.

  •     Have you ever told stories about the messiest restroom you’ve ever visited?

        What about telling others about the best public restroom you’ve ever seen?

        Leave it to the internet.

        Cintas Corporation, based in Cincinnati, has sponsored a contest the past eight years to honor businesses across America that place high value on hygiene and exceptional style.

  • Parents from three middle schools have a tough decision.

    Do they take advantage of the federal No Child Left Behind standards and ask that their middle school youngsters be allowed to transfer to Eastside or Bernheim?

    Or do they stay at their current school and look for improvements? And if they qualify under the free and reduce lunch standards, will they ask for supplemental educational assistance?

    Today is the deadline to ask for a change. That is a tough decision.

    We won’t even attempt to sway parents one way or another.

  • Note about this initiative: As part of the commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to increase public safety and reduce the number of repeat criminal offenders, leaders from all three branches of government are partnering with the Pew Center on the States to develop strategies for reducing crime while still holding offenders accountable and controlling corrections spending.

  • LOUISVILLE - Healthcare is a trending topic that has been on the minds, lips and social networks of many Americans this year. With rising costs and uncertain futures, visitors to the Kentucky State Fair can take healthcare into their own hands this year at the Health Horizons exhibit. More than 10 different screenings are offered including mammograms, prostate cancer, bone density, spinal and vision, and most of the services offered are free with the price of admission to the Fair.

  •     Seldom do you hear an elected official stand up in front of people say you made a mistake. But that is exactly what happened on Tuesday night.

        The Bullitt County Public School Board members knew that the timing of the redistricting the voting precincts was wrong.

        But the move was reversed, much to the pleasure of David Cross, who had bought his signs but faced the prospects of being moved to another area -- after he filed to run for the school board seat.