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Opinion

  • Within the next few days, graduates from the four Bullitt County public high schools will walk across the stage.

    They will be leaving one place in their lives and moving toward another.

    It’s a tough time in the world today.

    The job market is tight.

    Post-secondary education is becoming more expensive by the day.

    The military is a dangerous option but one that is so important.

    So why should the members of the Class of 2009 be optimistic?

    America is still the land of opportunity.

  • FRANKFORT - Earlier this month, when Governor Beshear announced he would be calling legislators to Frankfort, he put four sizable issues on our agenda: Overcome a billion-dollar shortfall; find a way to fund “mega” road projects; re-write many of our economic-development incentives; and help our signature horse industry.

    Although most of those had been debated just a few months ago in our regular legislative session, that didn’t mean finding common ground between the House of Representatives and the Senate would be easy.

  • Bullitt County government loses several thousand dollars each week that it operates swimming pools at its four locations.

    This year, the losses will be less as only one pool - behind Maryville Elementary - appears ready to meet the new federal safety standards and will open sometime this week.

    With only one pool open, it will provide a bit of insight on whether people will travel several miles to take advantage of the county facility.

    It would also provide a bit of leverage for a group looking to open a single indoor swimming facility.

  • For years, Bullitt Lick Middle School had a nickname that wasn’t the kindest of monikers.

    There is a proposal now to change the school’s name and maybe even its mascot and colors. This is not the right way to reach the desired results.

    Kids will be kids and they probably have nicknames for all their rival schools.

    However, for the past 33 years, Bullitt Lick has been a part of the community.

    Yes, it has suffered through some tough educational times but simply changing a name will not erase any or all of the school’s history.

  • After 10 years in the making, someone has finally officially told Shepherdsville officials that their fire department is “regular.”

    In layman’s terms, it doesn’t mean a lot.

    In legal terms, it means that some residents who live in the city limits but also live in what is the fire taxing districts of Southeast Bullitt and Nichols may not be facing a second tax in the future.

  • FRANKFORT - The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) wants all Kentuckians to observe a happy and safe Independence Day by following a few simple food preparation and handling guidelines during outdoor cookouts, picnics and barbecues.

  • Spring is here and again our Governor, County Judge Executives and Mayors across Kentucky have proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.

    The majority of motorcycle fatalities and injuries are caused by a motorist violating the right of way of a motorcycle.

    That means that you cross the center line in front of them, you pull out in front of them or you make a lethal left hand turn in front of them.

  • Asthma is a chronic breathing disorder and is the most common chronic health problem among children.

    Children with asthma have attacks of coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, which may be very serious.

    These symptoms are caused by spasms of the air passages in the lungs.

    The air passages swell, become inflamed, and fill with mucus, making breathing difficult. Many asthma attacks occur when children get respiratory infections, including infections caused by common cold viruses. Attacks can also be caused by:

    * Exposure to cigarette smoke,

  • You learn to relish the good days and try to overlook the bad ones.

    For leaders in Bullitt County, last Thursday ranks as a pretty good day.

    Gov. Steve Beshear was in town last week to first cut the ribbon on Sabert Corp. in Hillview and bring confirmation that Shepherdsville would receive $3 million for its sewer expansion and line extension program.

    The opening last June of the Sabert plant off East Blue Lick Road was not a smooth one. Litigation remains over the rezoning, annexation and sale of the property.

  • At 24 years old, people still tell me that I have my whole life ahead of me. But is that really true, or is it just a clich that people use to help one another feel like they’ve always got more time when, in fact, the next breath is not promised to us?

    A bit depressing, I know. But it is true. Thousands of people in the United States die each week much younger than I. If you don’t believe me, check out our local obituary pages for a few consecutive weeks and see those connected with Bullitt County communities that die at what most would consider a young age.

  • We’re approaching that time of year where our finest students dress in goofy clothes and parade across a stage to receive a piece of paper that changes their lives.

    Bullitt County high schools will soon graduate, not to mention local college students, eighth graders and pre-schoolers.

    High school graduation is the big one; it’s the most common passage of life many will experience.

    For some it might be the most important moment of their younger lives.

  • Believe it or not, I can feel the pain about to be felt by members of Bullitt Fiscal Court.

    Government should be run like a business. So, when the economy takes a tumble, so do government agencies.

    As a publisher, I get to tackle my budget each fall. Like government leaders, you look at trends for the past 9-10 months. You look at revenue and expenditures.

    You make your best guess. And neither budget can run in the red.

    For me, running in the red could lead to a new job.

  • JUNE 2009

    MONTH:

    Accordion Awareness

    Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat

    American Rivers

    Aphasia Awareness

    Bathroom Reading

    Cancer from the Sun

    Candy

    Celibacy Awareness

    Child Vision Awareness

    Childhood Cancer Campaign

    Children’s Awareness

    Dairy

    Dairy Alternatives

    Effective Communications

    Entreprenuers “Do It Yourself” Marketing

    Fireworks Safety (June and July)

    Gay and Lesbian Pride

    GLBT Book

    Go Barefoot

  • It won’t be a total disaster. Attendance will probably not be as bad as local officials fear.

    But the state Department of Education’s decision to change an initial decision reached last May is a slap in the face to local board members.

    By virtue of an April 24 decision, Bullitt County public school students will be in the classrooms on June 3. This is one more day than the amended calendar called for after wind and ice storms.

    Faced with possibly losing $400,000 in state funding, school officials had to agree.

  • As health experts across the world seek to get more information and a better understanding of the scope and severity of the swine flu outbreak, this is a good time for families, businesses, and organizations to review and update their preparedness plans.

    One of the key components of any plan is the use of techniques to avoid becoming infected.