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Opinion

  • FRANKFORT - The fall forest fire hazard season officially ended Dec. 15, but officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry continue to urge caution when conducting any kind of outdoor burning.  “Kentucky’s forests have weathered serious storms over the past few years and the increase in dead and fallen trees are of particular concern to fire suppression efforts,” said Leah MacSwords, director of the Division of Forestry.

  • As a very tough 2009 comes to a close, it is time for our community to come together like it always does in a time of need.

    The economy has been tough and unemployment has risen above 10 percent for the past year. Many others who are employed have experienced reduced hours or pay freezes.

    During this holiday season, many more will be seeking a little bit of assistance. It is time for all of us who have dug so deep in the past to dig a little deeper.

  • The holiday shopping season is off and running despite a shaky economy. Smart shoppers may be able to snap up bargains before, after and on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally is one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

    However, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises consumers to arm themselves with knowledge and a budget before hitting the stores. Setting limits on spending is especially important to avoid a deluge of post-holiday bills.

     

  • If members of the judicial system in Bullitt County were looking for something to buy Circuit Judge Rodney Burress for Christmas, they may pool their money and send him on a two-week vacation.

    The 55th Circuit was in the spotlight several years ago for having many old cases which were unresolved.

    That isn’t a problem now.

    Steps taken under retired Bullitt Circuit Judge Thomas Waller and continued on to Burress, who has made changes of his own, have resulted in Bullitt County sitting atop the state standings.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Countians have found themselves in one smorgasbord of a mess pertaining to this year’s Thanksgiving holiday festivities.

    In recent weeks fears of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus have dominated headlines. In the past few days, however, reports surfaced about a possible return of the Bullitt County Turkey flu.

    In 2005 an original Turkey Flu scare hit the area. Jake Turkey, official spokesturkey for the organization Turkeys United For Freedom (TUFF), claimed that scare along with the recent scare were both hoaxes.

  • As the number of large farms continue to dwindle in the region, there is a question on what to do with the land.

    Some land has been sold for residential, commercial or industrial development.

    Other property has been maintained for new uses - such as wineries and small educational farms.

    In Bullitt County, several locations have branched out to use the agriculturally-zoned property for these wineries and small farms.

  • Few things are as clear-cut or urgent as the need to get Kentucky’s children off to a healthy start in life.

    One, whether you’re a parent or a politician, it’s a moral obligation. I firmly believe that.

    Two, Kentucky’s future depends on our ability to create a talented, inquisitive and productive work force.       

    One year ago, my administration launched an aggressive plan to tackle head on one of the biggest hurdles to our children’s and our state’s future: Lack of health insurance.

  • Source: Robert Flashman, UK family resource management specialist

    While a couple of provisions from the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 were implemented in August, more reform is in the near future.

    Aimed at helping struggling families in the tough economy, the Credit CARD Act was signed into law in May.

    Over the next year, more provisions will be phased in and change the way companies market, manage and issue credit cards.

  • 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