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Opinion

  • 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.

  • One of the most thankless jobs may be an appointment to an agency, such as a fire board or a civil service commission.

    Probably few people understand the responsibility of these agencies, especially when questions are posed by those outside.

    In Shepherdsville, the civil service commission is a three-member body that listens to appeals of disciplinary action taken against employees.

    It is also the body that certifies test scores for merit openings.

  • To many people, it must have been a remarkable picture.

    After months of bitter campaigning, President-elect Barack Obama sat next to Sen. John McCain for a meeting a few days ago. They talked at length about how they could reach across party lines to discuss – and move forward on – some of the nation’s most challenging issues.

    If they can do this on a national level, why can’t we do it in Kentucky?

    The truth is: we can and we must. At a defining hour in our state’s history we need the same kind of bipartisan spirit.

  • Dear Santa,

    I'm at work on Christmas Eve. Everyone has left except me and Mr. Barr. Get him something nice this year.

    I've tried to be good. I've even put in extra effort on The Pioneer News Web site. I'll try to keep my list small:

    It's my Grandma's 90th Christmas. Give her something nice to enjoy it, even if it's just family visits and a free subscription to The Pioneer News.

    Get something really cool for all my nieces and nephews, unless they were bad. My siblings might endorse coal and switches if you feel they are necessary.

  • Thousands of people die or are injured in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes each year in the United States. In Bullitt County there were 98 collisions involving drinking drivers and 14 collisions involving drivers under influence of drugs in 2007 (KSP Traffic Report, 2007).

    The Bullitt County Partners In Prevention Coalition members urges Bullitt County residents to avoid driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs during this holiday season. Don’t turn what should be a happy season into a lifelong bad memory for your family.

  • Michael Neal is "paying it forward" in a most positive way.

    The concept of helping others as a way of paying back for the help received began with Benjamin Franklin, circa 1784. Michael has just completed his first Cooper/Clayton Smoking Cessation Clinic as a volunteer facilitator.

  • The lights hadn’t dimmed before the question was whether the Shepherdsville City Council should be expecting a lawsuit?

    The question came after the city council approved Sunday liquor sales for Precinct 18A for USGA certified golf courses.

    In Shepherdsville, that means that only the Heritage Hill golf community would be allowed to have Sunday liquor sales.

    For the owners of the golf course, it really isn’t about liquor sales. That is a small percentage of its bottom line.

  • Traditional holiday meals are closely tied with that family ‘feel good’ when everyone is together and enjoying each other’s company and sharing food.

    While there may be a slight hesitation to convert Grandma’s perfect pumpkin pie into low fat, it may be well worth it to slide some healthier options to the table for taste tests that may surprise you.

    Low fat and recipe makeovers do not always sound good, however these two have become staples in our household and no one has ever noticed nor complained!