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Today's Opinions

  • Domestic Violence Awareness

     Life is full of surprises! Some good, some bad. Some you will never recover from.

    Over the past few months, I have met many families and friends that share a common trait -- the loss of a loved one to violence.

    Some domestic and others have no idea who murdered their loved one(s). We are a select group that nobody wants to know.

  • Questions are good

     If you notice, there seems to be more people attending public meetings.

    And they seem to be asking more questions.

    While this may seem a bit suspicious, especially when it is candidates asking the questions, the actual asking for information is a good thing.

    We do not favor those who are trying to score brownie points.

    But we do like it when people ask questions.

    What we have found is that many people running for public office don’t always have a good idea on what they are running for.

  • 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.

  • Johann Kappel fought in Civil War

     On June 1842, Caroline Kappel gave birth to Johann Christian Kappel and he was named after his father Johann C. Kappel .  Johann’s parents were born in Olbronn, Wuttemberg, Germany.

    Johann C. Kappel was born in 1811 and Caroline Boehringer was born in 1815.  While in Germany, Johann Christian met Caroline and they fell in love and got married in 1837 in Germany.

  • 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.

  • Salute to newspapers

     Sometimes newspaper folks are more worried about their future than they should be.

    Are circulation numbers down over the past decade? Sure.

    But do people still rely on their community newspaper to present them with the news of the area? They sure do.

    The day of the social media is scorned by many. But followed by many others.

    However, there is not news on social media. For the most part, it is angry comments -- some built out of facts and others created by emotion.

  • The Month for Voters

     There may only be 13 Fridays until Christmas but there are only six Wednesdays before the Nov. 6 general elections.

    We’re not saying that the elections are more important than Christmas; however, like when buying those presents, we hope that you put a little thought into your voting also.

    Over the course of the next four Tuesdays, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and The Pioneer News will host a series of forums.

    They will be held in Mount Washington, Shepherdsville, Hillview and Lebanon Junction starting Oct. 2 and ending Oct. 23.

  • 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.