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Opinion

  • 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.

  • The problem is much more serious than we ever imagined.

    When one thinks of drowning incidents, seldom do we think about deaths being caused by people literally being trapped under water by infiltration pumps.

    However, it has happened on numerous occasions.

    Now, sit appears that some, if not all, of the four county swimming pools may not open this summer.

  • Inclement weather has made for sloppy conditions this year at Mike Farner Downs in the annual Bullitt County Derby.

    A strong field this season is led by the favorite, Road Pavey, an entry sponsored by Bullitt Fiscal Court and County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts.

    “He has a strong track record, plus he’s hard to catch,” Roberts said.

  • This week staff artist Paul Coyle takes a look at rising gas prices.

  • Sometimes things are said at local governmental meetings that are so profound that they need a mention -- somewhere in the paper.

    Often, those thoughts get lost in our memory banks or in the pages of our notebooks.

    I’ll spit a couple of recent items that make you want to ponder...

    Recently, Bullitt County was given state approval to do what many private citizens have been doing -- burning storm debris.

    The county has accumulated a massive pile of debris at the Bullitt County Stockyards.

  • Congratulations to the city of Shepherdsville. And congratulations to the people of Bullitt County.

    For the past couple of years, many meetings have been held between officials with the city and Jim Beam Brands.

    The city was looking for a partner to help expand its sewer treatment plant and the international distiller wanted to take its package treatment plant off-line.

    After some ticklish moments when the multi-million project appeared dead, the partnership appears to be back together and moving forward.

  • Today, with advances in medicine and health care, more and more elderly Americans are living longer and wishing to remain in their homes and live as independently as possible.

    Many elderly people would rather have the comfort and ease of staying in their own private, comfortable surroundings instead of going into a skilled nursing facility or a community setting to live.

    This concept is called Aging in Place.

  • The state legislature felt that the current CATS assessment was not the best way to further education reform in Kentucky.

    The majority decided that there should be a better system of making sure students in the commonwealth are excelling.

    If all the promises are kept, there will not be a problem. Officials have pledged to not take the foot off the accelerator.

    If the Think Link assessments are correct, Bullitt County will see major improvement in test scores this fall. More importantly, student learning has been improved.

  • I am a parent of three children and acutely aware of the many temptations and dangers facing our kids today - many more than I faced as a child.

    I did not have to deal with cyber bullying, the temptations on the internet or the media bombardment of drugs, alcohol, violence and early sexual behavior.

    Our kids today face so many more risks than we did.

    So, what is a parent to do?

    We know that most of us usually follow the parenting model we’re most familiar with - our own parents behavior.

  • April 1 means April Fools' Day, a day where I could write about men from Mars invading Bullitt County and searching for intelligent life.

    The odds of this happening are astronomical, primarily because we have not determined that there is intelligent life in outer space, much less here.

    There are other things that remind us of April's arrival other than being foolish. Sometimes Easter is a sure sign. Sporting events like the NCAA basketball championships and Major League Baseball opening day help.

  • Some random thoughts while spending spring break with a bunch of teenagers playing baseball in eastern Tennessee...

    *Why did Bullitt County get shut out on any of the state dollars to deal with issues related to BRAC improvements at Fort Knox?

    Was it a lack of input from local officials? Was it that most of the important projects dealt with infrastructure improvements in Hardin and Meade counties?

    No one probably has a clear-cut answer.