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Today's Opinions

  • Holiday events are spectacular

     From all accounts, all four of the holiday events hosted by the cities of Hillview, Mount Washington, Lebanon Junction and Shepherdsville were record-setting events.

    Attendance estimates were all very high and the weather was spectacular the first weekend of December.

    (Hillview’s Winterfest was held indoors on the night in November when the storms came through the county.)

    As I was getting ready for the Shepherdsville festivities to begin, there were some thoughts which came to mind.

  • Support the mayor

     WOW, I could not believe my eyes, when I walked out to my paper box and got my wonderful Pioneer News paper and saw one of the headlines, that stated, “BROWN CALLS FOR MAYOR TO RESIGN!” 

    After reading the article, I could not understand, why former council member Brown would even consider that. Let me tell you why, I could not believe that. It was both Mr. Brown & Mr. Hatfield who pushed all of our GREAT CITIZENS to call the council and appoint Mr. Hockenbury to fill the remaining term of Mayor Scott Ellis. 

  • Audit reveals just about what many had anticipated... no documentation

     The city of Shepherdsville spent over $15,000 for a special audit of its financial dealings from 2013-16.

    Depending upon who you asked, there is some debate over the return on the investment.

    There is no doubt the money was well spent. The question is what has the city found out and what will be done because of it.

    The major issue found by the auditing team of Jones Nale and Mattingly was that there were many expenses paid without a lick of documentation.

  • Barnes House needs your help

     About a week ago, I wrote another editorial about that old yellow house in Mount Washington at risk of destruction (formerly referred to as “the Barnes house”.)

    Unlike the first one I wrote back in September urging residents to care about the house, this one criticized the mayor and city council for, well, not caring.

    There is a group of residents, largely composed of the Mount Washington Historical Society, working to raise the necessary funds to ensure the city keeps a bit of its character in its downtown area. 

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  • Homeless situation

     Increasing numbers of homeless people are living in our community  -- Bullitt County, Kentucky. Families are living in substandard shelter, and in some case they are living outdoors. Parents and children are being split up in order to acquire safe shelter. Children are hanging out at local restaurants and the library just to have a warm, dry place to spend their afterschool hours, if they are even in school. This is a problem in need of a good solution. 

  • Proud of my ancestry

     I had the privilege to reach manhood in the early Sixties, when our society was teaching itself how to integrate. That was the word we used back then and it seemed natural and correct, although very difficult to achieve. 

    That term, along with many others has come and gone, to be replaced by other words that seemed to be more acceptable for some unknown reason. 

    They all mean the same thing though, that of coming together and that is where we as a society have failed.

  • Family history of George Simmons

     George Simmons was born in 1841 in Kentucky.  The Simmons family line goes  back to Maryland.  

    George’s great grandfather was Samuel Simmons who was born in 1742 in Maryland.  Samuel married Verlinda Willett in 1762 in Maryland.  During their marriage they had several children.  Samuel Simmons died in 1781 at the age of 39 years  in Maryland.  Samuel’s wife Verlinda remarried to a Yates after Samuel’s death.  She moved to Bullitt County, Kentucky and died in 1820.  Her burial place is unknown.