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Columns

  • A little ground hog fun

     CLERMONT - A local rodent has waylaid plans to bring Bullitt County out of the shadows.

    And six more weeks of winter weather could be over and done before a legal decision could be reached.

    Issues began following the 2018 election, when new county judge/executive Jerry Summers made a decision to immediately fire long-time Bullitt County groundhog Nichols Nick.

  • Tough week for dedicated servants

     Serving one’s community is an act that few take the opportunity to undertake.

    In the past couple of weeks, Bullitt County lost three individuals who provided service to their community in a variety of ways.

    Jeremy Meyer started a career in law enforcement with the Shephepherdsville Police Department.

    He would then go to work for the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office.

    His final duty came in the St. Matthews Police Department.

    In each stop of his career, this young man served his community in an outstanding manner.

  • Christmas changes over the years

     Each year at this time I try to provide Bullitt County with a Christmas gift, something humorous to enjoy at this magical time of year.

    It’s happened so often now that I even have people asking me what I plan to make fun of this year. I suppose that’s a compliment, and I appreciate that people care enough to ask.

    As a grown man, I’ve come to a sudden realization that I’m uncertain how to properly celebrate Christmas anymore.

  • Some simple gifts for the coming year

     Yes, Bullitt Countians, Christmas is less than a week away.

    Where has the year gone?

    In a couple of issues, we’ll look back on the year 2018.

    Now, it’s time to think of a few gifts -- some real and some imagined -- that would best suit Bullitt County.

    With a tongue firmly planted in my rosy cheek, let’s get this show on the road.

  • 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.