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Opinion

  • FRANKFORT – The Kentucky General Assembly convened its 2009 Regular Session last week, with more than 200 bills already filed and more on the way.

    During this odd-year “short” session, legislators will meet for 30 days.

    Already, I have been awarded a position as the Chairman on the Senate Licensing, occupations, and Administrative Regulations Committee.

  • January is National Radon Month. The purpose of the month is to draw attention to radon as a serious public health issue and to motivate Americans to take action to protect themselves from radon health effects. In the state of Kentucky, Bullitt County is located in ZONE 1, which has the highest potential for exposure.

  • In China people celebrate a new year this week, one they refer to as the Year of the Ox.

    In the United States a different celebration begins this week, culminating in a holiday only this country could conceive: Super Bowl Sunday,

    It's east to celebrate the Super Bowl. Many people will host parties in conjunction with the event. You can even celebrate on the lighter side by getting your party supplies and just watching the game at home (especially the silly commercials).

  • The General Assembly is in recess until we reconvene on Feb. 3.  But we continue with meetings.  The purpose of these meetings is to inform legislators and the public about problems in our current budget and potential solutions.

    Recall that we have a predicament because not enough tax money is being taken in to pay for the current budget.  The revenue forecast was inaccurate just like every other state in the country and, for that matter, the world.

  • Since its inception in 1909, the 4-H program in Kentucky has helped shape the state’s youth into productive, contributing members of society. Over the years, the organization has transformed to meet the needs of generations of young people. As the 4-H program in Kentucky celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009, now is a good time to reflect on organization’s past accomplishments and plan for the future.

  • Most people think that only women who are pregnant or women who are thinking about pregnancy should have folic acid in their diet.

    Not true, all women should aim to get at least 400 micrograms (400mcg) of folic acid each day.

    Folic acid might also have other benefits for men and women of any age.

    Some studies show that folic acid might help prevent heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Over the course of the next few weeks, you will see various pictures and read several governmental stories about the new faces who are serving.

    January marks the beginning of a term of public service for some. It also marks the end of public service - at least for the time being - for others.

    Without trying to name each person who left office at the end of December for fear of leaving someone out, we send our thanks.

  • FRANKFORT - Changes in leadership and committee memberships came to the Kentucky House of Representatives during the first week of the 2009 Regular Session, as the chamber elected a former longtime House Majority Floor Leader as its new Speaker and welcomed nine new lawmakers to the fold.

    Rep. Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, began his first term as House Speaker on Wednesday the 100-member body elected him to the top House post.

  •     Even after covering a community for years, you can learn something every day.

        Take in point the Bullitt County Emergency Medical Services. We never figured out that if you call an ambulance for service but were not transported to the hospital, there was no bill attached.

        Bullitt County fiscal court members are wise to look at some type of flat fee to charge those who call for EMS to treat what should be done at an immediate care center or an emergency room.

  • We’ve reached that magic point in the year when Santa Barr is expected to make his annual appearance.

    He’s supposed to bring those serious and not-so-serious gifts to local leaders, most of whom seem to have a sense of humor and realize that in the Santa business and the newspaper business, there’s no money to bring any gifts these days.

    But ole Santa Barr isn’t in the mood this holiday season.

    You see, sports editor Mike Farner decides that once a year he will write something remotely creative and out of the box.

  • Screening mammograms are one of our best weapons against breast cancer. To help make this essential test convenient for the women in our community, we contract with James Graham Brown Cancer Center to provide the mobile mammogram unit here at the Bullitt County Health Department.

    It is estimated that one-third of all breast cancer deaths in America each year could be prevented by early detection. Breast cancer treated in its early stage can usually be treated successfully.

    Mammography dates for 2009 are the following:

  • With the onset of winter and the possibility that motorists may have to drive in inclement weather, the Kentucky State Police are offering safe driving tips. 

  • NORTH POLE - Bullitt County could become one of many areas targeted by a Christmas budget crunch this season.

    Holiday host Santa Claus announced during a recent press conference that a slack economy could result in scaled-down gifts for good little boys and girls this season. Bullitt County was one of the included areas.

    “We’ll still have a wonderful year, just not as much on the material side of it,” said Claus, adding that Americans would “make due in splendid character.”

  • With more shoppers expected to hit the Internet this season, scammers will take advantage of consumers who are looking for bargains.

    Scammers will set up shop online, using low prices to entice shoppers, but ultimately not delivering the goods.

    BBB is offering 10 tips for gift givers to help them stay safe and secure when shopping online this holiday season.

    1.  Protect your computer – A computer should always have the most recent updates installed for spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a secure firewall.

  • To think that your first day on the job entailed going to Bullitt Fiscal Court to ask for the establishment of a new tax....and you survived for another 22 years.

    Ned Fitzgibbons will leave his position as the only director of the Bullitt County Public Health Department as he retires at the end of December.

    Not only did Fitzgibbons survive that attempt to impose a countywide health tax (which was eventually approved) but he thrived.

    More importantly, the health department has thrived.