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Opinion

  • Each year, we preach about the need to be safe on the roadways as students get ready to return to the classrooms.

    This year is no different. However, there is an added emphasis on safety.

    Thanks to the federal stimulus dollars, major road construction projects have been started throughout the county. These projects will not be completed for months to come.

    There is also the added dangers at the various schools. Although classes are set to begin on Tuesday, that doesn’t mean all the construction has been completed.

  • Summer time is in full swing and our kids are taking it a little slower.  At least, they aren’t going to school every day.  Instead of being a slow time for young people, many now are attending camps of all kinds - academic, social, and athletic, vacation bible schools, family vacations, summer reading programs at the library - the list goes on and on.  In most cases, the lazy days of summer are just a myth.  That is certainly the case with your school system.  Though staff members are squeezing in well-earned vacations, time is very short, and there is much t

  • Think about your home. What prescription and over-the-counter (OTC drugs do you have? Where are they kept? Would you know if some were missing?

    The good news is that you can take steps immediately to limit access to these drugs and help keep your teen drug free:

  • As a standing member of the Bullitt County community I, as much as anyone else, want the best for this area and everyone in it.

    Bullitt County has problems just like any other area. Some problems are the same in other places. Some are unique to us.

    In past editorials I have suggested ideas for our local officials as far as ways to improve this glorious place.

    However, the officials may not have taken me very seriously. For example, the Highway 44 monorail system between Shepherdsville and Mount Washington remains to be planned.

  •     Lately I’ve been wondering just how old I really am.

        Maybe it’s because I almost broke a toe and have been moving around like an old man. Maybe it’s because I see old friends and to me they look really old.

        The general term of discussion here is determining what old is.

        There are many folks in the community that fall under the elderly category, but some that seem younger than I am.

  • Almost 11 million men age 20 or older currently have diabetes in the United States. That’s more than 10 percent of the total male U.S. population. Men with diabetes and their families can face devastating complications from diabetes, especially since people with diabetes are at a high risk for heart attack and stroke. Diabetes can also lead to blindness, kidney disease, loss of a toe or foot, and erectile dysfunction. But there is good news.

  • HILLVIEW - In 25 years in the business, few people are as passionate about a cause as Dr. Mohana Arla.

    Celebrating his 30th year of medical practice in Bullitt County, Arla is thankful. A young man who didn’t look or sound quite like many people in Bullitt County when he started practicing in Lebanon Junction, Arla has treated generations of patients since that time.

    Medical care has changed over the years and Arla played a part in a portion of that change.

    He also played a role in push toward post-secondary education in Bullitt County.

  • Let the finger pointing begin.

    Who is to blame for the theft of over $416,000 from the county’s payroll account? How did cyber crooks from the Ukraine target Bullitt County, Ky., to scam for such a large amount of money?

    Who knows?

    The facts are that over the course of six days, unauthorized transactions were made by hacking into the county’s computer system.

    The FBI is investigating.

    According to most sources, including a wonderful documentation of the situation by Brian Krebs of The Washington Post, it is a sophisticated scheme.

  • You are a local official trying to make the budget balance without slapping on more taxes.

    Then, the federal government informs you that back in the 1970s something called the Clean Water Act was approved. However, until about six years ago, it really wasn’t enforced.

    But now you have to devise a plan for handling surface water. And, if you don’t, there’s a big fine coming your way. And, by the way, did I say this was an unfunded federal mandate?

  • A friend called me recently, a bit excited that an old flame had just moved back into town.

    She was a little nervous about running into him and uncertain how she might react.  This came as quite a surprise to me, as I have always known her to be an ethical person who had never been unfaithful to her husband. I was certain she would handle it appropriately.

    I was reflecting on this conversation at a soccer game for my seven-year old son.

    Another parent shared with me that her teenage son’s team played poorly the week before.

  • With school out and many kids spending more time on the Internet during the summer months, Attorney General Jack Conway wants to remind Kentucky families about the importance of staying safe online.  In observance of June’s designation as National Internet Safety Month, General Conway asks that parents be engaged in the virtual world, just as they are in the real world.

  • With the filing deadlines still seven months away, those running for office on both a state and local level must determine one thing - is it my goal to regulate morality?

    And the electorate must decide whether it expects its leaders to provide the rules of morality to the masses.

    It has often been said that one doesn’t talk politics or religion. Let’s try to do both.

  • JULY 2009

    MONTH:

    Anti-Boredom

    Baked Bean

    Bereaved Parents Awareness

    Bioterrorism Disaster Education and Awareness

    Black Family

    Blueberry

    Cell Phone Courtesy

    Child-Centered Divorce

    Doghouse Repairs

    Family Reunion

    Grilling

    Hemochromatosis Awareness

    Herbal Prescription Interaction Awareness

    Horseradish

    Hot Dog

    Ice Cream

    International Blondie and Deborah Harry

    International Group B Strep Awareness

  • Bullitt Fiscal Court felt that the upcoming budget would be a difficult one due to the economic shortfalls in several revenue-generating areas.

    While a committee worked on the budget last year, the process incorporated this time around was much better.

    The meetings were planned in advance and members of the public were even invited to attend. Not only is this a better atmosphere, it is also the legal way to conduct committee meetings.

  • When a reporter from The Pioneer News shows up at a school-based council meeting, it usually isn’t good.

    Not that we wouldn’t like to attend every school’s council meetings but manpower doesn’t allow that to happen.

    When we do, a problem has normally arisen.

    Bullitt Lick Middle tackled a very interesting issue lately - whether it should change its name.

    This could be a very emotional issue both for those who attend the school now and those who have attends since its opening over 30 years ago.

  • Over the past week, graduates from the four Bullitt County high schools have been honored.

    Many have stood as their accomplishments were recognized. There was academic achievement. Athletic skill was honored. And those who excelled in extracurricular activities were honored.

    But maybe three graduates accomplished one of the greatest achievements in the Class of 2009.

    I would add my special salute to Hanna Scott and Jacob Corley, both of North Bullitt, and Ericka Nutt of Bullitt East.