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Opinion

  • HILLVIEW - Just close your eyes and listen.

    There is no need to have any DNA or paternity tests.

    Just close your eyes and listen.

    There is no doubt that Dr. Praveen Arla is the son of Dr. Mohana Arla.

    And it’s not because of how they say it...it’s because of what they are saying.

    Praveen has recently joined his father’s medical practice in Hillview and Lebanon Junction. It’s a natural to enter a field he’s known his entire life.

    But the young doctor said he went into the field with his eyes wide open.

  • The Walmart gift card scam has apparently made its way to Kentucky.

    A local consumer contacted the BBB to inquire about a text message she received, advising her that she won a $200 Walmart gift card.

    When she called the number in the text message (877-232-5149) she was told that in Kentucky the gift card was for $180 and that she would need to pay $7.60 for shipping/handling fees.

  • To borrow an old sports clique, there have been times over the years that one may have attended a hockey game and a Shepherdsville City Council meeting broke out.

    When you have emotional topics such as alcohol sales and adult entertainment, the discussions can get quite heated.

    On Monday night, the issue of Sunday alcohol sales was on the agenda.

    With a packed crowd, 13 individuals chose to speak to the council.

    Each speaker did an excellent job presenting their points. And the audience listened to each one.

  •      FRANKFORT - The Senate is moving forward through the 2010 Regular Session as committee meetings are now in full swing and the Senate has begun debating bills concerning education and state government.

         Educating the next generation is one of the most important issues we address in the state legislature and an area in which the Senate has provided leadership in the past sessions.

  • Each year I prepare a questionnaire so that people can voice their opinions on matters that might come before the General Assembly. As previously reported, the number of responses this year was very high.

    I write the questions well in advance of the session to give time for mailing things out and to allow time for people to mail them back. This year I also suggested faxes or emails; a whole lot of folks took advantage of that.

  •     Valentine’s Day can be costly, not only to our pocket books but also our environment. Think green this Valentine’s Day.

        These tips will help you treat your pocket book and the Earth right on this romantic night:

  •     FRANKFORT - One of the most lasting traditions in Kentucky history is the now-annual “State of the Commonwealth” speech that the governor gives in early January to the General Assembly and, thanks to KET, a statewide audience.

        On Wednesday, Governor Steve Beshear kept that tradition alive with remarks that reflected recent successes the state has had - and the challenges we face in the next two years.

  • As the world welcomes in a new decade, I, too, am closing out a personal decade in my life and welcoming in a new one.

    The new one is going to be quite different for me and will undoubtedly involve lots of dirty diapers, sleepless nights and pureed sweet potatoes, but I couldn’t be more excited about it.

    By the time you read this my husband, one-year-old daughter and I might have already welcomed our newest little family member ee" Noah Bilger ee" into the world. His official due date is tomorrow, but newborns tend not to follow exact dates and times.

  • Bullitt County government has two options in light of the recent state audit of its financial records for the past fiscal year.

    Leadership can simply say we’ll do better and try to meet the standards outlined.

    Or leadership can aggressively look at the issues raised in the audit and tackle some larger matters.

    We expect the leaders of this county to do the latter.

    In the recent audit released by Crit Luallen’s office, the county’s financial records were not in tip-top shape.

  • What a school year it has already been and it is only half complete.

    I think that it is a good time to bring our community up to date on a few of the successes, opportunities, and challenges that have presented and will present themselves to us.

    New School and Redistricting

    As the 7th largest school district in Kentucky, and one that is experiencing steady growth (12,871 currently enrolled), we must occasionally shift our attendance zones to avoid overcrowding situations and to make adjustmentsfor new schools.

  • HOT TOPICS: January 2010

  • 2010 A.D.

    International Year of Biodiversity

    International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

    National Bird-Feeding Months

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    JANUARY 2010

    MONTH:

    Be On-Purpose

    Birth Defects Preventions

    Book Blitz

    Blood Donor

    Careers In Cosmetology

    Celebration of Life

    Cervical Health Awareness

    Change Your Stars

    Clean Up Your Computer

    Family Fit Lifestyle

    Fiber Focus

    Financial Wellness

  • FRANKFORT ee" As you read this, the 2010 General Assembly Session has convened.

    It will be a 60-day session in which our first priority will be developing a budget under serious financial constraints.

    We will also be looking at pro-life legislation, legislative retirement reform, government transparency, allowing the people to decide on whether they would like to expand gambling, as well as other issues.

    It promises to be a busy session.

    We expect a budget shortfall of about $1 billion.

  • Better Business Bureau is releasing its list of the top 10 scams and ripoffs of 2009. Many scams sought to take advantage of people who were suffering under tough economic circumstances - like the unemployed. Additionally, the use of free-trial offers to lock consumers into recurring credit and debit card charges was widespread online.

  • NORTH POLE - A drastic change in the local celebration of this year’s Christmas holiday may occur due to an overwhelming pandemic in the North Pole area.

    Over 80 percent of Christmas Village residents have been identified as carriers of the novel H0H0 Reindeer Flu virus.

    Santa Claus, gift-giver to millions and Christmas Village spokesperson, said he indeed suffered from a newer strand of the virus, known as H0H0H0.

    “I keep sneezing,” he said. “I’ve wiped my nose so red it looks like a cherry.”

  • The deadline is approaching to those who wish to throw their hats into the political ring.

    The county clerk’s office will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Unless you plan on participating in select non-partisan races, your opportunity to join the process will be over.

    So many people will gripe about government but will fail to do anything about it. Some won’t even go to vote on election.

    The best way to be part of the solution is to be part of the system. However, that is not always possible for a person to do that.

  • The holiday season is at the mid-way point.

    Christmas has come and gone and the New Year is quickly approaching.

    Since Santa Barr was rooted out of his normal newsprint space by the clever, but windy, Stephen Thomas, there were no “gifts” handed out to local officials.

    Instead, it will be New Year Baby Barr who will have to recap the past year and make a few resolutions for the upcoming year.

    Most should be taken with a proverbial grain of salt, although there are probably a few pieces of truth in many of them.