http://www.pioneernews.net/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Worth the Risk http://www.pioneernews.net/content/worth-risk <p> By now, you may have heard that our graduating senior class of 2015 rose to the challenge I posed to them back in the spring of 2011 when I spoke to them as exiting 8<sup>th</sup>graders.</p> Defining Freedom True Meaning of Independence Day http://www.pioneernews.net/content/defining-freedom-true-meaning-independence-day <p> &nbsp;<strong>FRANKFORT<em>-</em></strong>&ndash; This July 4<sup>th</sup> we will celebrate the 239nd birthday of our great nation, when our forefathers unveiled the document that would help form the foundation of our United States, the Declaration of Independence.&nbsp;</p> Council to be commended for looking at big picture http://www.pioneernews.net/content/council-be-commended-looking-big-picture <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/05_303.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;Often times we have opportunities for the future.</p> <p> Those opportunities can leave a stamp or a legacy.</p> <p> Unfortunately, things get in the way of such opportunities -- which often don&rsquo;t come along very often.</p> <p> While not trying to measure the impact of the recent decision of the Shepherdsville City Council to the drive of former Gov. Martha Layne Collins and the Toyota deal, there are similarities.</p> <p> Both projects were large in scale in terms of what the respective government agencies had been dealing with.</p> Public session to set some vision for health issues in the community http://www.pioneernews.net/content/public-session-set-some-vision-health-issues-community <p> &nbsp;What would a healthier Bullitt County look like?</p> <p> What goes into making a healthier community?&nbsp;</p> <p> What needs to happen to make Bullitt County a healthier community by 2020?</p> <p> It has been five years since these questions were initially asked in the county. It is time to ask them again and assess whether there was any progress made toward a healthier county and what still needs to be done.</p> Squire Boone has rich history in Kentucky http://www.pioneernews.net/content/squire-boone-has-rich-history-kentucky <p> &nbsp;The Boone family was the first pioneer family to come to Kentucky.&nbsp;</p> <p> Squire Boone Sr. was born in England in 1696.&nbsp; Squire&rsquo;s parents were George Boone and Mary Maugridge.&nbsp;</p> <p> In 1717, Squire, along with his brother George and sister Sarah, had traveled to America ahead of their parents.&nbsp; They landed in Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</p> <p> After his parents arrived in America they lived in Pennsylvania until their deaths.&nbsp; His mother died in 1740 and his father died in 1744 in Pennsylvania.</p> Take safety precautions with fireworks to help prevent eye injuries http://www.pioneernews.net/content/take-safety-precautions-fireworks-help-prevent-eye-injuries <p> &nbsp;<strong>FRANKFORT, Ky. &ndash;&nbsp;</strong>Fireworks are a tradition that go hand-in-hand with the Fourth of July.</p> <p> But all too often, that tradition can lead to injury. That&rsquo;s why the Kentucky Optometric Association is urging&nbsp;families to take precautions to protect themselves and their children against the potential dangers of fireworks.</p> State fire marshal reminds Kentuckians to ‘proceed with caution’ this Independence Day http://www.pioneernews.net/content/state-fire-marshal-reminds-kentuckians-%E2%80%98proceed-caution%E2%80%99-independence-day <p> &nbsp;FRANKFORT<strong>&nbsp;</strong>&ndash;&nbsp;Kentuckians&nbsp;are encouraged to attend a community celebration this Fourth of July holiday.</p> <p> Kentucky State Fire Marshal Bill Swope advises families to let the professionals entertain you.</p> <p> &ldquo;Setting off fireworks at home runs the risk of injury and may also run the risk of violating local ordinances and state law,&rdquo; Swope said. &ldquo;Citizens should be aware of potential prohibitions against celebrating with fireworks as local governments can set their own fireworks ban.&rdquo;</p> Carolina rig perfect for post spawn bass http://www.pioneernews.net/content/carolina-rig-perfect-post-spawn-bass <p> &nbsp;<strong>FRANKFORT, Ky. &ndash;&nbsp;</strong>The calendar said June 1, but the cold northeast wind, chilly rain and leaden skies seemed more like a bad day on the opening weekend of the April Keeneland meet.</p> <p> June finally arrived in Kentucky this week and water temperatures in lakes across the state inched their way up toward the high 70s.</p> <p> &ldquo;Black bass are in post spawn now,&rdquo; said Jeff Ross, assistant director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. &ldquo;They should be completely done with spawning.&rdquo;</p>