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Opinion

  •  Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for June 2019!

  •  Floyd  Collins was born on a farm in Edmonson County, Kentucky in 1890 to parents Leon and Serilda Collins.  Floyd’s father owned a farm there in Edmonson County, Kentucky. Floyd had two siblings and they were Nellie and Homer.  Floyd lived with his family and worked on the farm all of his life. 

  •  Since the legislative session is over, I have been able to spend more time in the district speaking with people around our community. 

    I appreciate the opportunity to hear from constituents about their concerns, as well as how the legislation we pass in Frankfort impacts us here in Bullitt County. 

  •  Louisville, Ky., May 14, 2019 – An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that fraudulent consumer goods are ubiquitous, difficult to tell apart from the legitimate products they are counterfeiting, and stem from a large network of organized criminals and credit card processing mechanisms that are willing to support them. 

  •  Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for May 2019!

  •  Over the course of the next two months, your elected leaders will be doing the annual dance called budgeting.

    The fiscal year begins July 1 and government officials are trying to make the money in match the money out.

    Check out Jefferson County to see how that is going.

    In Bullitt County, most of the eight municipalities are in pretty good shape.

  •   A couple of special events kick off the spring season.

    On Friday and Saturday, the Mount Washington Spring Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary. There are a lot of great things to see and do.

    And, on Friday, the annual Relay for Life will be held inside the North Bullitt High gym. This is a time to remember those affected by cancer and to raise funds to  help in research.

  •   In the final hours of the last day to veto legislation, the Governor rejected an agreement that provided financial relief for quasigovernmental agencies -- including local health departments, mental health agencies, and rape crisis centers -- and our regional universities participating in the Kentucky Retirement Systems. 

  •  In this week’s column, I would like to report on some of the work we did to improve access to quality health care for Kentuckians. 

    While we focused on many important initiatives, the health and well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth was a critical component to our legislative agenda. Many significant pieces of legislation were passed to increase access to life saving medication, lower healthcare costs and ensure better health outcomes for Kentuckians. 

  •  Students need to learn some basic facts about interest rates so they can make good choices when it comes to borrowing and investing, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). 

    One interest rate is simple, or nominal, interest. It’s straightforward. If you borrow $1,000 at 5 percent simple interest per year, you’ll pay back $1,050. If you deposit $10,000 in your savings account at 3 percent interest per year, you’ll have $10,300 in your account at the end of the year.

  •  This week, Bullitt County Public Library (BCPL) joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries strengthen their communities through the transformative services, programs, and expertise they offer. April 7th–14th is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians, and library workers. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — So how much stuff is handled through the Bullitt County solid waste channels each year?

    Solid waste coordinator Larry Hatfield must generate a report annually for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

    Some fun facts gleaned from those reports:

    *Did you know Bullitt County operates a recycling center?

    The facility is located between the Bullitt County Detention Center and the Bullitt County Road Department off Highway 61 South.

  •  What a sticky situation the past legislative session has left a lot of people in Kentucky.

    With the smell of the past session when a sewer bill was anything but, there is a lot of distrust between those involved in the public pension program and the state legislature.

    More specifically, educators in Kentucky have contracted a case of sickness on several occasions over the course of the past few weeks.

    Ten counties in Kentucky had school systems which were closed at least one day during the session for “sickness.”

  •  I joined my fellow members of the House in passing several good, meaningful pieces of legislation this week, all aimed at improving the quality of life for all Kentuckians. This is our last full week of this legislative session, with only eight legislative days left in the 2019 Regular Session.

  •  The 2019 session is nearing its ending point, and I am proud to say that the General Assembly accomplished our top legislative priority.

    Senate Bill 1 -- also known as the School Safety & Resiliency Act  -- is heading to the Governor’s desk after passing both the House and Senate.

  •  The Newman family lived in Gloucestershire, England.  Gloucestershire is a county in southwest, England and where the county is part of the Cotswald Hills, part of the fertile Valley on the river of Seven and the forest that is in that area.

  •  BBB March 2019 Hot Topics

     

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has a problem.

    The organization that oversees high school sports keeps trying to please everybody. I’ve pretty much learned over the years that when you try to please everyone, that you rarely please anyone.

    While the KHSAA has always been trying to fine-tune everything, the situation seems to be getting worse from within. There seems to be a widening gap in many sports brewing between coaches and administrators (i.e. principals and superintendents).

  •  What direction will Bullitt County take over the next four years?

    What is the vision of new Bullitt County Judge/Executive Jerry Summers?

    How does Summers propose reaching his goals and the goals of Bullitt Fiscal Court?

    Well, if you wish to find out all of those answers, be sure to set aside a few minutes on Saturday, March 9.

    At 4:30 p.m., Summers will present his State of the County address at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Everyone is invited to attend.