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Today's Opinions

  • Don't hurt Medicare

     Under the new tax plan about to become law, the resulting deficit will trigger Medicare cuts under existing pay-as-you-go rules. 

    The cuts would reduce payments to doctors and other medical service providers causing some to choose dropping Medicare patients. AARP has presented a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to prevent this catastrophe.

    Nearly 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 each day over the next 15 years and those of us long past that age will tell you how vital Medicare has been to us.

  • Impact of insurance

     Kidney disease impacts thousands of Kentuckians. As a social worker, I take on the role as an advocate for my patient’s. They rely on me to ensure they receive the care they need and are treated fairly. Healthcare continues to be a hot topic in the media, but there is one little known issue that deeply threatens my patients’ access to care.

  • James Collings -- sheriff, hardware dealer

     The Collings came from Virginia and settled in Kentucky.  James Collings’s grandfather was Abner Collings.  

    Abner was born in 1805 in Virginia or Kentucky.  Abner married Harriett Simmons in 1830 in Bullitt County, Kentucky when he was 25 years old. Harriett was born in 1805 in Virginia or Kentucky.  Abner and Harriett had four children.  They were Mary Jane, William Sanford, Benjamin Franklin and Maria Collings. 

  • Do something good throughout the year

     It happens every year… and I just don’t get it.

    Every year, through my position with the community newspaper, I get to see the good that comes with the spirit of the holiday season.

    Each year I get to see groups and individuals going out of their way to make Christmastime special for others.

    Whether its for needy children, the homeless, senior citizens, or just doing a little something for those that need some good cheer, somehow Christmas always arrives and the local folks seem to pull it through.

  • 2018 should be year of growth for county in so many ways

     The new year is here. The new challenges are before us. The question is how will be tackle those challenges and new opportunities.

    The past year was pretty good. But we can’t look behind us. Someone might pass us.

    The biggest challenge is the selection of a new school superintendent. While we’re still really not sure why we are in the middle of this process, the powers that be have determined that the school district needs to take a different direction.

  • It Happened in DECEMBER

     We will be looking back 10, 30, 50, 70, and 90 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 2007, 1987, 1967, 1947, and 1927 in the month of December.

     

    2007 - 10 Years Ago.

    Doug Puckett was selected as the new Shepherdsville police chief by Mayor Sherman Tinnell. The two were pictured shaking hands while Mrs. Puckett looked on.

  • Real Santa to deliver despite fake news

     Will he or won’t he?

    That was the question on the minds of most Americans as word began to spread that Santa Claus may skip the country this year during his annual Christmas gift-giving visit.

    A statement by Claus, through his attorney, Ixnay Heimerdinger, was officially released through the North Pole newspaper, the Kringler.

    In the statement, Claus said that negative actions by the United States of America in 2017 weren’t the only reasons there could be a country-wide naughty list.

  • Office of Highway Safety, KSP reminds motorists to ‘plan a ride’ this holiday season

      FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) is reminding motorists to be responsible behind the wheel as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign continues through Jan. 1, 2018.