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Today's Opinions

  • Pay the teachers

     It’s not big secret that our nation lags behind others in educating our youth. While this is sad, it’s not surprising, watching our politicians hack away at programs and policies that are an integral part of producing successful adults.

    Education should never be a line item on the budget marked out. We should properly fund our schools and ensure that those who are directly responsible for educating our children are compensated fairly and promises upheld.

  • Welcome to our guests for the Kentucky Derby

     The Kentucky Derby is a tradition. And another annual tradition is that hundreds of Derby guests make it a point to spend a few days in Bullitt County.

    Many will return year after year.

    Some like the point that hotels are located on Interstate 65 and just a few miles from Churchill Downs.

    Others like that they can visit some great attractions while they are here.

    And still others have just gotten into a routine where they know the hotels, restaurants, gas stations and attractions.

  • Three items dominate past session

     FRANKFORT -- When historians look back on the 2018 legislative session, most of their attention will understandably be focused on three things: the state’s budget, the corresponding tax plan and public-pension reform.

    They didn’t generate every headline, but there’s no doubt they accounted for most.

  • Waffle fries good; waffle decisions not

     Elective officials are often caught off guard. Someone will sign up to speak.

    Elective officials by nature want to please the public.

    But, sometimes, they make decisions quickly without fully thinking about all sides of an issue.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court was the most recent example as the members voted three  times on the issue of medical marijuana.

    The pro-medical marijuana troops won the best of three series 2-1.

  • Our Goodbyes

      SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A few goodbyes to some people I knew and a few I didn’t.

    Delores Crenshaw Mudd recently passed away.

    She was a giant in the homemakers world in Bullitt County. She was also a longtime teacher in Bullitt County.

    She was also part of the Bullitt County Fair for many years. This year’s fair will be dedicated to her efforts.

    A good person who was involved in so many activities from education to extension.

    She touched many lives.

    A person I didn’t know who watched from afar.

  • The Maraman Family

     The Maraman business’s date back to the Maraman Brothers Company, serving Louisville and Shepherdsville and the firm of George W. Maraman & Sons.  In the olden days, funerals were done at the home of the deceased.  In 1940, the residence of Roy L. Maraman was used for the public and became a funeral home.

  • What a crazy week it was in Frankfort

     FRANKFORT --- As legislators were debating Friday night whether to give final approval to a major revenue bill, someone brought up the old joke about how most of us would prefer to fund government: Don’t tax you, don’t tax me; tax that fellow behind the tree.

    Based on that, those supporting this new law must have a large tree in mind, because that’s where they placed 95 percent of us, according to an analysis by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

  • Come out and listen to views given at forum

     We’ve reached the point where signs are going up and advertisements are being placed in the local newspaper.

    We have reached the point where there is less than five weeks until the primary election on May 22.

    As a service to the public, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and The Pioneer News have partnered, with the assistance of city officials in Mount Washington, Lebanon Junction, Shepherdsville and Hillview, to host a series of forums.