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Opinion

  •     With so many innovative things happening in education, one item that really hasn’t been altered in years is the calendar.

        No matter what calendar is finally agreed upon, there will be those who are unhappy.

        As the push to get more instructional days into the calendar before state testing is done in the spring, maybe it is time to at least start discussions on some type of alternative calendar.

  • MARCH 2010

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    MONTH:

    Brain Injury Awareness

    Caffeine Awareness

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness

    Clean Up Your IRS Act

    Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    Craft

    Credit Education

    Employee Spirit

    Endometriosis Awareness

    Ethics Awareness

    Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering

    Eye Donor

    Frozen Food

    Honor Society Awareness

    Humorists Are Artists (HAAM)

    International Ideas

  • FRANKFORT - Over the past week in Frankfort, the Senate continued its work in many areas of government policy as we passed legislation dealing with jails, health care, and education.

    We also continued to keep a close eye on the budget plan being worked on in the House of Representatives.

    We passed House Bill 231, which creates a second level of psychiatric residential treatment facility licensure in Kentucky.

  • FRANKFORT - Last week the 2010 Regular Session of the General Assembly reached its halfway point, and the Senate passed measures to increase transparency in political campaigns, build energy efficient schools, and improve Kentucky’s laws concerning driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Who says the fiscal court members can’t play well together? Especially in this time of love - Valentine Day.

    They played a game of musical chairs last week after a discussion arose over the legality of committee meetings and who could attend.

    Last year, the fiscal court officially set committees to deal with the budget, personnel, infrastructure and contracts. Joe Laswell and Eddie Bleemel sat on the budget/personnel committees with David Walker and Buddy Shepherd on the other two.

  •     When the move was made over 10 years ago, some questioned the need to annex along Highway 1020 to reach a business over seven miles away.

        The reason was simple - the business owner needed to get a rezoning to maintain and to expand a quarry operation and the city of Shepherdsville didn't mind picking up the added revenue for little extra expense.

        Since that occurred, many things have happened and the latest is a proposal to remove the 128-acre quarry from the city's corporate boundaries.

  •     FRANKFORT - Although a lot of work remains, the Kentucky House of Representatives moved the budget process forward significantly last week when the chamber’s leaders unveiled a proposal to overcome the $1.2 billion deficit the state faces during the next two years.

        Our plan calls for living within our means, without any new taxes.  It does not require the steep cuts many states have made, and it continues protecting those core services like education, Medicaid and our safety.

  •     To have the governor of the Commonwealth in your community is normally a good thing.

        Barring natural disasters, governors visit with their entourage to spread good news.

        On Monday, Roby Elementary was the site of Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest visit.

        He wasn’t bringing one of those oversized checks to Bullitt County. But he was here to announce a stimulus grant for $4.75 million to a program that Bullitt County has been a part of for several years.

  • FRANKFORT - As this holiday-shortened week wore on, legislative leaders began hinting at the outline and shape of a spending plan that would indeed, as speculated, count on additional federal stimulus dollars, along with certain targeted cuts, to spare elementary and secondary education of essential-funding reductions and bring manageable order to a state budget facing a billion-dollar shortfall or worse.

  •     FRANKFORT - Each legislative session, the General Assembly spends much of its time focusing on three areas: education, the economy and public protection.

        It was the latter two that generated the most discussion in the state House last week.

  •     If my recollection serves me, it is sweeps month for television viewership. If that still be the case, look for a lot of investigations.

        Was interested to see that one station is doing an investigation on Thursday over the decision to open or to close schools due to inclement weather.

        I’ll tape it (or whatever we do in this day and time) because I hope to gain some insight.

  •     NICHOLS - The fur could be flying during the next week as Bullitt County determines its official groundhog in time for the upcoming Groundhog Day holiday.

        In past years Nichols Nick, long-time county soothsayer, eluded local government attempts to control weather forecasts. Rather than continue pursuit of the slippery hedgehog, Bullitt Fiscal Court switched to plan B.

        A 3-2 split decision vote designated a new county groundhog officially recognized by local agencies.

  •     In these tough economic times, any good news is gratifying for a community.

        In recent months, Kentucky has proven to be quite successful in a variety of announcements relating to new businesses coming to the Commonwealth or existing businesses expanding their facilities.

        Not to be left out, Shepherdsville and Bullitt County picked up a nice, new addition to its distribution roll.

  • FRANKFORT - As the clock tick-tocked on a session still without a formal budget proposal, the General Assembly this week stared down the barrel of what one leader called its ‘defining moment,’ moving ahead with what another leader called its greatest challenge since at least 1990.

  • Motorists in most of the country face severe weather conditions for at least part of the winter.

    The thought of a breakdown, an engine not starting or otherwise being stranded is stressful as it is, but those things happening in freezing winter weather add another level of threat.

    An investment of an hour or so to have your vehicle checked is all it takes to have peace of mind and help avoid the cost and stress of a breakdown during harsh weather.