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Opinion

  • 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.

  • FRANKFORT ee" To better understand just how much the country’s economic crisis has affected Kentucky, it may help to look at some hard-to-imagine statistics in a different way.

    If the number of people seeking unemployment insurance for the first time in February came together, for example, they would immediately become Kentucky’s third-largest city, slightly ahead of Owensboro.

    The total number of unemployed is of course much higher. Its size easily outranks the combined populations of Owensboro, Bowling Green, Covington and Richmond.

  • Probably 99.9 percent of the Bullitt County populace would not know how to make methamphetamine or even what it looks like if they saw it.

    However, it is a problem throughout the country and Bullitt County is not immune.

    A special series of articles the past week in The Pioneer News and a public forum held on Tuesday night provide proof of the problem.

    It affects many of us – even though we might not know it. Most crimes occur due to drug involvement and many families are falling apart because of the drug.

  • A rally cry for both young and old in Bullitt County has been the annual Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

    While Bullitt County has its way to fighting at times against one another, it has a way to also pull together at times of need.

    There is no bigger need than finding a cure for cancer. Every family in Bullitt County has been touched by the dreaded disease in some way or another.

    Once a year, the community comes together to raise over $200,000 for cancer research.

  • For months, it was like a big secret as no official would talk about it.

    The city of Shepherdsville was going to run a sewer line south to Highway 245 and it would expand its sewer plant.

    We have now learned the point of destination is indeed Highway 245 and a major, major player is Jim Beam Distillery.

    The combined project is looking to run around $20 million. The city can’t make the numbers work to make the sewer line expansion and plant expansion possible.

    This has been going on for well over a year.

  • Bullitt Countians prayed more than usual during Holy Week when news was leaked about the firing of the local Easter Bunny.

    Clyde “Dizzy” Cottontail and his assistant bunnies were fired following their last egg hunt, just weeks prior to Easter, by Bullitt Fiscal Court. The decision was a result of two consecutive lackluster egg hunt seasons in the minds of county magistrates and many rabbit fans.

  • Two steps forward. One step back. Perhaps that’s the best way to characterize the impact of the recently concluded legislative session on Kentucky’s prospects for progress.

    Clearly there was substantial progress made in key areas, but we fell short on some important matters.

    First step forward

  • For the past 18 years, educators in Kentucky have had their feet held to the proverbial fire.

    As the years have passed, the fire got a little hotter.

    By the year 2014, school districts in Kentucky had a goal of 100 percent proficiency for their students in the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System.

    As of 2008, no Bullitt County school had reached the magic mark across the board. Few in Kentucky had met their goal with just six more years to go.

  • Just when you thought there would be no more discussion on the possibility of alcohol sales on Sunday, it resurfaced Monday night.

    Councilman Scott Ellis threw out an interesting proposal - have a vote of the people that really doesn’t have any legal standing.

    After businessman Alex Ramirez spoke to the Shepherdsville City Council about how he has learned the affects of not having Sunday alcohol sales, Ellis said there might be an option.

  • FRANKFORT ee" Anticlimactic it may have been, since the largest and stickiest issues on the table had been well disposed of earlier. But the scheduled final two days of this year’s legislative session did convene in Frankfort Thursday with a bit of uncertainty hanging over it ee" and some drama at the end.

    The question going in: Would the House take up any of the bills that were still pending between chambers when the Legislature adjourned two weeks ago for its veto recess?