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Opinion

  •  Let’s clear the air. An automated, pre-recorded “robo call‚“ was made two weeks ago lying about how I voted on Senate Bill 4.

    I urge you, please, before you believe the calls, check the facts. We were taking a procedural vote, which means we were voting on rules on how to take up a topic, not on a particular issue.

    We were being pushed to vote on a procedural motion to bypass the committee system and suspend the rules to vote on a bill before it has been debated and, in some cases, even read. I don’r think that’s fair.

  •  The question is a good one... when will the circus leave town?

    There was nothing positive that could be taken from the meeting last week of the Shepherdsville City Council. And the lone winner may have been the man who started all the commotion -- former mayor Scott Ellis -- because the attention shifted quickly from his resignation to the way his position was filled.

    Over the past year, there had been a cloud hanging over the heads of Shepherdsville residents.

  •  It’s February and love is in the air! But if your new boo is someone you met online, he or she could be a scammer… especially if you haven’t yet met in person. BBB is warning those who are “looking for love” to be wary year-round, but especially around Valentine’s Day, when it may be tempting to let your guard down!

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s February 2016 Hot Topics

    1.    BBB has received several calls about fake government grants. Scammers tell local consumers they are eligible for a federal grant, because they pay their bills on time. All they have to do is pay an upfront fee. This is a scam.

  •  The crucial work of crafting the state’s next two-year spending plan began in earnest this week as I joined my House colleagues in dissecting the details of the governor’s budget proposal that he offered on Tuesday, January 26, during a joint session of the House and Senate.

  •  It’s not time for a curtain call but there is much reason to be proud of a major, major economic development project.

    There are a lot of kudos to hand out but we’ll stop short of popping the cork on the champagne for a couple of years.

    There is no doubt that the light industrial growth along Highway 480 has been a godsend to Shepherdsville and Bullitt County.

  •  The Kentucky General Assembly completed Day 12 of the 2016 Regular Session this past Thursday. 

    The decision was made to cancel the Friday session so members could return home before the inclement weather arrived. I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to all of our dedicated transportation workers and our first responders who worked so hard to keep all of us safe this past weekend.

    Unfortunately, KSP Trooper Anson Blake Tribby was killed in an accident last Friday while attempting to offer assistance at an accident scene.

  •  OK, it wasn’t the ‘big’ one. But in our parts of the country, a dusting of snow can cause as much havoc as if it was a 20-inch dumping.

    Thanks to the road departments for the county, state and municipalities. Bullitt County roads -- be it in the county or in a city -- are always done quickly and effectively.

    Law enforcement are always there to help those in need. EMS staff face added challenges when the roads (and sidewalks) are bad.

    Dispatchers are kept busy and Emergency Management Agency is also busy.

  •  While the signups were still being taken as our deadlines passed, we know a couple of things about the May primary.

    First, there will be at least one race for everyone in Bullitt County. That will be the Democratic primary for U.S. President.

    Second, voters in the 49th District, no matter your party, will have a primary race.

    Incumbent Linda Belcher will be challenged by Paul Caccitore in the Democratic primary, a repeat of two years ago.

    And County Judge Melanie Roberts will face Jennifer Stepp in the Republican primary.

  •  FRANKFORT – With low temperatures and snowy conditions around the state, many Kentuckians could be exposed to harsh winter elements. To prepare for these conditions, Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials are emphasizing the importance of limiting exposure to the cold and taking other necessary steps to prevent hypothermia. Meanwhile, parents and caregivers of infants are also advised to follow safe sleep practices to keep infants warm, in order to help prevent injury or infant deaths.

  •  WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast due to the forecast for severe winter conditions.

  •  FRANKFORT – In anticipation of possible electric outages during a coming winter storm, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is urging residents who lose power to exercise caution when using portable generators or clearing storm debris.

    A major storm is expected to bring heavy snow across much of Kentucky, with significant ice accumulations also possible in the southern part of the state. The wintry precipitation, accompanied by strong winds, could bring down trees, limbs and power lines.

  •  While our main responsibility this 60-day session rests with creating the state’s next two-year spending plan, each meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly brings with it a vigorous discussion of issues, both old and new. This 2016 session is no exception.

    For almost 15 years, the legislature has considered expungement legislation. Often, what begins as a youthful mistake for these individuals becomes a life sentence as opportunities for employment, education and housing disappear with the acknowledgement of a past felony conviction.

  •  Bullitt Fiscal Court members have two very big decisions on their plates for early 2016.

    One has garnered much publicity and the other not as much.

    First, the county must make a decision on the future of its public pool system.

    Managed under contract by the Bullitt County Family YMCA, the pool at Bullitt Central has repairs of around $200,000. If they are not done, the pool will not open.

    That news hit the public in November, three months after county officials were apparently notified.

  •  Kudos to the Mount Washington City Council.

    Is the reason for a pat on the back for something monumental? No.

    We commend the council for taking the people of the community to heart before making a decision.

    The most personal of decisions any govenrmental agency may make is a zoning request.

    Many affect few. Some affect many.

  •  Among the several responsibilities that the Board of Education  has delegated to me as BCPS superintendent is the decision to close school when necessary for student safety. 

    At any meeting of state superintendents, especially during the winter months, the topic of school closings and the lamenting of the no-win nature of the decision in many -- if not most -- cases when the decision has to be made is a regular topic of conversations in the hallways. 

  •  I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season and a happy New Year. 

    A new year also means a new legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Tuesday, January 5, marked the beginning of a 60-day session that will run through mid-April. In this session, we hope to address the numerous important issues facing our state, keeping the common theme of creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families.

  •  Like the first day back to school, the first week of any new legislative session brings mixed emotions -- anticipation and excitement, apprehension and hope. 

    To me, it’s also an exceptionally humbling time as I consider the great responsibility you have vested in me as your representative for the 49th District.

    I serve in Frankfort to be an active, accessible voice for the people of Bullitt County and this 2016 session of the Kentucky General Assembly will be no exception.

  •  FRANKFORT – Winners of the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes do not receive phone calls about their prizes.

    And Attorney General Andy Beshear wants to stress this fact as a safeguard to Kentucky seniors and consumers who are being inundated by imposters attempting to scam them out of their money.

  •   Bennie E. Underwood was born in 1910 and Virgil Underwood was born in 1915 in Bullitt County, Kentucky. 

    Their parents were Willis Underwood and Delia Reed.  Bennie and Virgil had several siblings.  They were Lillian, Mary Jane, George, Bertha, Ella, Zelma, Wesley and Lesley.  Their father was a farmer, so Bennie and Virgil along with their brothers and sisters grew up on the farm.