Today's Opinions

  • Three leave us too early

     The longer you stay in the community, the most impressed you are with the people who live and work here.

    As I occasionally reflect back on those who have left us, this week there are three distinct individuals.

    When I started working here 34 years ago, one of the first individuals I met who operated a manufacturing business was Richard Eschman.

    He bought a small business and turned it around.

    It has now expanded to two buildings.

  • Smart Code big step for planners to consider

     The argument has always been that Bullitt County does  more zoning than planning.

    A proposal before the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission, fiscal court and the eight municipalities could put a whole lot of planning on certain developments.

    A public hearing will be  held on Wednesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. It will be to discuss a  proposed text amendment by the city of Mount Washington.

    It would be to create a new zoning classification -- Smart Code.

  • KidsFest should be event enjoyed by whole county

     Spring must be around the corner as the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce presents its annual KidsFest celebration.

    It will be held at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre on Saturday, March 2. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the festivities will shut down around 2 p.m.

    There will be dozens of booths giving out free items and plenty of free information.

    There will be mascots running around.

    There will be entertainment.

    There will be lots of candy given out.

  • Tax reform part of legislative talks

     As I file this legislative update from my Capitol desk, we are more than halfway through this year’s legislative session and wrapping up business on our seventeenth legislative day.

    Our week began with members of the General Assembly convening Tuesday’s session in the Old State Capitol Building. It was a great opportunity to appreciate the building that was the center of our state government from 1830 until 1910. 

    While we began our week with a nod towards history, we quickly moved to passing legislation that looks toward our future. 

  • Help keep roads clean

     Sue Bland had been getting increasingly disgusted by the amount of trash being thrown out onto the beautiful country roads.

    She took it upon herself and recruited her son, Adam Bland, and the Quantum Ink Co. pickup truck to pick up a .5-mile stretch from Cedar Grove Elementary to the Heritage Hill Golf Course entrance. In that small stretch, 10 55-gallon plastic trash bags were filled up.

  • Pace begins to pick up in 2019 General Assembly

     The pace picked up during week three of the 2019 General Assembly, with legislation clearing committees and passing the full House. 

    As we left Frankfort on Friday, we are almost halfway through with this year’s session. 

    Wednesday, Feb. 20, is the last day that lawmakers can file new legislations, but already more than more than 800 bills and resolutions have been filed for consideration in both the House and Senate.

  • BBB study shows romance scams can lead to fraud

     LOUISVILLE – With Valentine’s Day comes a surge of activity on dating websites, with singles looking to the internet for a love connection.

    Unfortunately, these sites are rife with fraudsters who use affection to manipulate their victims out of their money.

    Worse, a new Better Business Bureau (BBB) report finds, online romance scams often escalate as scammers turn their victims into unwitting accomplices to fraud, known as “money mules.”

  • Legislators dive into issues as session resumes

     It’s an exciting time in Frankfort as we reconvened for the remainder of the 2019 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. I dove right into legislative activity, with committees meeting in earnest and constituents coming to town to meet and discuss issues.