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Opinion

  • There is no doubt that many in our community and many in the country are suffering.

    Jobs have been lost. Hours have been cut. Wages are going down.

    The war continues to be waged. The county’s support in the president and the Congress has waned.

    Gas prices fell but have now risen. Unemployment numbers are up.

    Despite all the nay-saying, this is still the best country in the world to reside.

    Housing starts are up. The stock market is rebounding. Roadways and other projects are being built under the stimulus funding.

  • There is no way to ever say enough about those who have fought in war to protect our country.

    There is never any way to express in words the gratitude that we should feel about those who have served in the military - in any way.

    Veterans Day is held each November.

    Particularly since Sept. 11, 2001, it is gratifying to see the growth of ceremonies held to honor the veterans.

    In Bullitt County, there are many more schools hosting events to honor veterans and this is a great message to send.

  • Amidst the creeps and crawls of the scary Halloween holiday I am always reminded of the one thing that is scariest of all: Real life.

    When you think about it, Bullitt County can sometimes be spookier than a haunted house. It's not just groups hunting for ghosts and researchers contemplating the potential end of the world. Just living through a regular day can give you the skivvies.

  • Hold on for a wild ride.

    We’re not talking about an amusement park. We’re talking about the various traffic projects throughout the county.

    While figuring out how to get on and off Interstate 65 has been a mystery for many the past couple of months, there is a new maze game to play on Highway 61.

    As road crews work to get the four-lane extension from Cardinal Drive to the John Harper Highway completed, motorists had better put on their helmets and pretend to be a Formula I road racer as there are some interesting twists and turns.

  • As my nine-year-old continues to remind me daily, it’s just over two months to Christmas.

    Of course, my response is that every day is Christmas to many children, including my own.

    But as we approach that time of year, it also means that it is time to flip the old calendar.

    Yes, 2010 will be another year but for many it will be a special year -- it is an election year.

    From a journalist’s standpoint, it is awful.

    I guess if you were covering a national election, it might be different. You would be covering a particular candidate.

  • Here is your chance to be heard on the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

    In Hillview, a committee has recommended that Sunday sales be allowed for restaurants and certain other establishments. There are requirements which must be met.

    The council will hear the recommendations of the committee at its next meeting, set for Monday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Come out if you have an opinion.

    In Shepherdsville, registered voters in the city limits can give their opinion on the same topic. Voting machines will be set up on Dec. 3-4 at city hall.

  • NOVEMBER 2009

    MONTH:

    Adoption

    AIDS Awareness

    Alzheimer's Disease Awareness

    American Diabetes

    American Indian Heritage

    Aviation History

    (Bone) Marrow Awareness

    Bread

    Celebrate Empty Nesters

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness

    Diabetes

    Diabetic Eye Disease

    Epilepsy Awareness

    Family Caregivers

    Family Stories

    Foot Health Issues related to Diabetes Awareness

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  • If you are 50 years old or older, it’s time to be checked for colon cancer.

    "Screening and early detection can save lives,” said Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Commissioner William D. Hacker, M.D. “If you are 50 or older or have a history of colon cancer in your family, get checked. It’s the best way to ensure your future health and well-being, avoid more serious complications and reduce the cost of health care.”

  • This holiday season, everyone will be hunting for a bargain. The Better Business Bureau is warning online shoppers that some deals are just too good to be true.

    "Everyone will be looking for the best deals this year and scammers know that they can take advantage of that by using low prices to lure in victims," says Reanna Smith-Hamblin, Communications Director for the BBB.

    BBB offers the following advice to help make online shopping a safe and easy experience this holiday season:

  • FRANKFORT - For many, Thanksgiving means a home-cooked feast with family and friends. In light of this holiday tradition, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reminds Kentuckians that food safety should also be a part of the celebration.

    Many holiday dinners incorporate meat and poultry, a possible source of foodborne disease unless handled and prepared properly. This holiday season, DPH urges consumers to take precautions in preparing food items and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices.

  • It’s been 10 years since the kidnapping and murder of 17-year-old Jessica Dishon.

    After the initial suspect, David “Bucky” Brooks, was indicted but the proceedings ended in a mistrial, there has been no other charges.

    There were hundreds of theories in back in 1999 with just as many suspects named. Yet, to date, another trial has not been held.

    After the media circus which surrounded the case 10 years ago and the ensuing trial, things have been quiet.

  • The issue is the same - should a community allow alcohol sales on a limited basis on Sundays.

    The reaction has been quite different.

    The Shepherdsville City Council has floated the trial balloon on two occasions within the past couple of years. Both times it was shot down.

    Now, the city officials have agreed to have some type of mock election for residents in the community. Details are still being worked out.

    The problem is that no one on the council is bound by the outcome of the vote.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Without asking any of them, I know the answer.

    The most difficult thing school boards in Bullitt County will have to vote upon is redistricting plans.

    In some districts, the tough decision is what to do when enrollment stagnates or declines and you have to make personnel cuts.

    In Bullitt County, that is not a problem.

    Even when building has slowed to a crawl, the district welcomes over 300 more students this year.

  • If it was the fourth quarter of a football game and the outcome was decided, they might say that the verbal sparring being done by officials in Mount Washington is a bit chippy.

    It seems that the issue could be the weather and things have gotten a bit edgy.

    Forget who is at fault, the voters of Mount Washington didn’t put officials in office to jab at one another.

    We’ve seen that when fiscal court works as a team, things get done.

    In Mount Washington, the same must happen.

  • There are two sides to every coin.

    When it comes to assessment results, there is both good news and bad news.

    We are not a school district that is afraid to confront the brutal facts and I will outline some of them below.  But, the news from our assessment results is mostly good news and we need to acknowledge and celebrate that fact.

    I hear from fellow superintendents all over the state that their goal is to be a top 10 ranked school district.