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Opinion

  • You don’t often have a second bite at the apple.

    But that apple could be sweet or it could be bitter.

    Members of the Shepherdsville City Council will have a second opportunity to determine whether liquor sales should be allowed by the drink on Sundays.

    This is the second vote on the measure in the past six months.

    In July, the council deadlocked at 3-3 and Mayor Sherman Tinnell broke the die to defeat the proposal to allow Sunday sales.

    The second vote on the same evening to allow Sunday sales at licensed golf courses met the same fate.

  • Recently, the issue of lowering the drinking age has received significant media attention.

    A group called Choose Responsibility has enlisted over 100 university and college presidents to sign on in support of a debate on the merits of the 21-year-old drinking age.

    For thousands of public health professionals, researchers and community and youth advocates, this announcement, dubbed the Amethyst Initiative, is troubling.

    Many of the arguments seem quite rational.

    If one can fight for his country, why not be able to drink a beer?

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency has begun the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),  through December 12, 2008 in an effort to assist low-income residents with high utility bills. LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky, in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

  • FRANKFORT – In less than seven weeks, the General Assembly will meet for what will be the fifth odd-year regular session since voters made them possible in 2000.

    During those 30 legislative days, the first five of which are dedicated to administrative matters like electing House and Senate leaders, legislators will consider dozens of issues.  Earlier this month, the General Assembly’s administrative arm, known as the Legislative Research Commission, issued its annual report on what some of those might include.

  • 4-H is a community of young people across America that learns leadership, citizenship and life skills.

    For the past two decades, Kentucky 4-H has given youths an opportunity to attend a four-day “Issues Conference” to develop such skills.

    This year’s 4-H Issues Conference will be Nov. 20-23 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in Jabez.

  • It’s okay to be a little scared at Halloween. It’s actually kind of fun. Old traditions of days past used to literally frighten people. Today they are a constant source of Halloween entertainment.

    Trick-or-treaters are the most common take on this change. Kids used to dress as hobos and tramps, begging for candy and treats. Now they dress up from the best-known celebrities to the creepiest of souls.

  • The elections are over and we know the playing field in January.

    Whether it is in the White House or in the city hall chambers, there are tough times that must be addressed by all.

    The country has taken an historic step in the election of Barack Obama. We must rally behind the new president and we must demand that steps are taken to return the country to its economic standing.

    We must look at our local leaders -- many of whom will be taking office for the first time. There will a mix of the old and new. It will take leadership to bring the sides together.

  • Let me first say that it has been heartening to see communities across Kentucky pull together to help those in need following the devastating windstorm that swept across our state on September 14. 

    Families were put to the test with damaged homes, loss of power and in some cases, the loss of life.

    As Kentuckians so often do when faced with adversity, we responded with kindness, compassion and concern for our neighbors.

  • Total fractures were over 2 million, costing nearly $17 billion in 2005, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

    Osteoporosis is more than a disease that affects the elderly.

    Why?

    The population is aging, this means more and more people are reaching the high-risk age for osteoporosis-age 50.

    It also means the burden of the cost is falling on fewer and fewer workers.

    It is not just hip fractures either.

  • No matter your political persuasion, the visit on Monday by First Lady Laura Bush was wonderful.

    Seldom does Shepherdsville and Bullitt County have an opportunity to shine on something that is positive.

    Yes, Monday’s appearance was a political stump for the Republican Party. There is no doubt of that.

    But it was also a historic opportunity for Bullitt County.

    Many in the crowd of 1,000 weren’t members of the Republican Party. Some were there to support the party; others were there to see the First Lady.

  • Smile Kentucky! addresses what the U.S. Surgeon General calls the most common chronic childhood disease in this country, tooth decay.

    The program, created in 2002, is a community partnership to improve the oral health of children. Since its beginning, Smile Kentucky! has provided dental education programs to 75,000 children, dental screening to over 21,000, and free treatment to over 1,300 children. The program works with elementary schools in Louisville Metro, Bullitt County, Spencer, Henry, Nelson, and Oldham.

  • By the time this hits the presses, the elections of 2008 will be concluded.

    At least, that is the hope.

    Sitting here nursing a bad back and trying to watch a few TV programs between the commercials, it gives reason for some non-partisan pause and reflection.

    Can it be true that there will be no elections in Kentucky in 2009? What will we do?

    Isn’t it great to see all the negative advertising you see in the media? And the candidates have to make some silly comment that they endorse the message.

  • On Tuesday, it will be that time of the year when your right to have a say in how government operates occurs.

    Voters across the nation will have an opportunity that may in the world do not have -- a chance to select your leaders without any undue pressures or threats.

    During a presidential election, many more people will make a trip to the voting booth not only to select the country’s leader for the next four years but also to pick our local leaders.