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Opinion

  • 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?

  • Showing up early for Mount Washington’s public hearing on the proposed sewer plant upgrade and water/sewer rate hikes was really a waste of my time.

    I thought I would need to get there well ahead of the 7 p.m. start time to get a good seat and settle in for a long evening of reporting on questions, answers and testimony from concerned citizens.

    But much to my surprise — and to the surprise of many Mount Washington public officials — I didn’t need to get there early.

  • Hello, Bullitt Countians! I'm Steve Thomas.

    As a former radio employee and a member of the media, the news of Paul Harvey's passing rang loud and clear in my mind, just as his voice did.

    Harvey did the absolute best news show in history, including his famous "The Rest of the Story" segments.

    In his honor, I tried to put together a story similar to one of Harvey's. It's not very easy, though.

    Rather, I'll discuss something that I now realize just might be the most important aspect of Harvey's career: Integrity.

  • We all know that tobacco use leads to health issues like heart disease, cancer, premature aging, and lung diseases.

    But, did you know that studies are showing tobacco use is linked to chronic conditions such as arthritis, inflammation of a joint that can lead to permanent damage, and osteoporosis, a condition in which bones weaken due to calcium loss?

  • This summer, 20 young people from Japan along with two adult chaperones will come to Kentucky to learn about American families and culture. A great way for you and your child to take part in this international experience is by becoming a host family for one of these students. Applications are now being accepted.

    Not only do 4-H host families get to enjoy helping the Japanese 4-H learn about American families and culture, but they also learn about Japanese culture, customs and history. Many times, international bonds that last a lifetime are created.

  • FRANKFORT — As we hit the home stretch of this 30-day legislative session this week, we directed our attention to a range of bills that will make a difference in the lives of average Kentuckians.

    This is our last opportunity to focus on Senate bills, as next week, each chamber will turn its attention to final passage of legislation already passed by the other, so the Governor can sign or veto the bills during our two-week recess later in March.

  • When you don’t drink and don’t smoke, you need some type of vice other than working too much.

    From the time I can remember, one of my escapes in life has been the human soap opera with athletes - more commonly known as professional wrestling.

    Make no mistake about it, don’t think I would have even gotten into the squared circle or the six sided-ring.

  • Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. has begun the “Crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that assists households in a heating crisis on January 5, 2009.

    The deepening of cold weather combined with rising costs leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills of purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!

  • If you’re into Civics, you’ll love today’s column.  I’ll explain why your General Assembly is in recess right now at a time we call the “Veto Period” and close out the last of this session’s Saturday Coffees.

  • A recent federal report entitled, “Underage Alcohol Use: Where Do Young People Drink?” sheds some revealing light on this question and the answers that many parents, other concerned caretakers and inquiring minds want to know.

    The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) asked young people ages 12 to 20 who had used alcohol in the past month two questions: how did they get it and where did they drink it?