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Columns

  • HOMELESSNESS... It is not going to go away

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — Destiny would not be the prototypical figure speaking about homelessness.

    She is professional. She is attractive. She is very well educated. She is more than willing to talk about her story.

    We won’t run a photo of her and her daughter as Destiny was a featured speaker during a Giving Tuesday fundraiser for Bullitt County Housing First.

    We won’t run her last name.

    But what we will do is to use her story to kick off a story about a problem many of us want to ignore — homelessness.

  • Shouldn’t be any shortage of turkeys

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The recent Republican wave in the 2018 Bullitt County election has made the area prime pecking ground for the beginning of a major controversy surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Being one of the most pro-Donald Trump counties in the United States, Trump personally recognized the community by donating a Thanksgiving turkey to long-time Republican Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts.

  • Keep it straight and between the lines

     Over 27,500 votes in Bullitt County in a non-Presidential year is pretty amazing.

    What’s not so amazing is the fact that 44 percent of the voters filled in the straight ticket box.

    Of those 12,119 votes, 8,678 were Republicans and 3,441 were Democrats.

    The bottom line is that if you were in a countywide election, the Republican candidate started with a 5,237 vote lead.

    If I happened to be a GOP candidate, I like my odds.

  • Halloween, and election time, should be time for fun

     It’s that time of year again: All those scary creatures come out, they’re everywhere, begging you, never leaving you alone, all dressed up in those wacky colors.

    But we’ll focus on all those election candidates next week. This week is all about Halloween.

    I myself will spend the entire day munching down on apples and cider and popcorn and candy and pie, all while binge watching my favorite classic Halloween movies and television shows. I might even hunker down with a good horror story novel, perhaps reading it aloud like Vincent Price.

  • Journalism matters because democracy does still matter

     An in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous corrections at the home.

    Another investigation explored the increase of neighborhood violence and the proliferation of firearms that awakened community groups and law enforcement to explore ways to address the problems and find solutions before it becomes even worse.

  • Polling position drawing bigger than usual interest

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — It’s the biggest question of the day when you attend some of the governmental meetings in the county.

    Who drew what ballot position for the Nov. 6 general election?

    In the past, candidates were informed by letter of when the post positions would be drawn in the county clerk’s office. It was not a legal requirement to notify the public of the pulling of the names.

    It was not a legal requirement to send letters to all the candidates.

    So, the position pull was quietly conducted.

  • The Month for Tax Talk

     Over the course of the next three weeks, you will hear a lot about taxes. It is the time that governmental agencies will determine the tax rates they will impose on you.

    It is a time where elected officials must truly look at their individual situations to determine the tax rates and the revenue needed to operate.

  • You can’t deny that Porky always had kids at heart

    Last night, there was a get together in the parking lot of Challis Ford Ball Park, formerly known as Blue Lick Optimist.

    My guess is that a lot of people gathered around the tailgates of many trucks.

    My guess is that there were a lot of stories being told about the life and times of Challis D. Ford.

    Some could be printed. Others probably not.

    But my guess is that the memorial in the parking lot on Tuesday evening had participants of several generations.

    My guess is a good time was had by all.

  • Eadens never shy about his support for city, his causes

     HILLVIEW — Jim Eadens has been through a lot during his 16 years as mayor of the city of Hillview.

    He’s gone through a lot in the job and away from the office.

    But the guy is not phony. You know exactly what he is thinking.

    A couple of months ago, a group of residents who live in Pioneer Village and Fox Chase went on the attack. The city had approved a rezoning for apartments off the John Harper Highway. The property is close to residents in the other two municipalities.

  • Judge speaks her mind

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — As her days in office count down, Bulitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts has not stopped voicing her opinion.

    Over the past 12 years, Roberts has made reference on numerous occasions about the lack of state and federal funding that returns to the local community.

    This is not an uncommon concern. 

    However, recently, her comments have been a bit more pointed toward those elected to serve the community.