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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.