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Opinion

  •  It was fun while it lasted but its welcome was worn out quite quickly.

    The issue on medical marijuana was a popular one in Bullitt County.

    Proponents of the medical marijuana legislation even made it to a meeting of the Fox Chase City Council -- albeit a dozen or so people present.

    This shows the commitment the cause has for the legalization of medical marijuana.

  •  It seems like just yesterday when the Shepherdsville City Council might have been described as dysfunctional.

    Legal issues were flying. Councilmembers weren’t attending meetings. Without a quorum, meetings had to be cancelled.

    Lo and behold, we had elections. There were a majority of new councilmembers elected. A new mayor was placed into office by the voters.

    Good times seemed to be ahead.

    Well, the honeymoon lasted for awhile but things seemed to unravel at the latter part of 2017.

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  •  FRANKFORT -- Of all the facts and figures surrounding the public-pension debate, two speak volumes about what happened last Thursday at the Capitol: nine and 291.

    The first is about how many hours it took for House and Senate leaders to publicly unveil their plan to reform the state’s public retirement systems and then steamroll it through both chambers.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE – There were six players this winter that played basketball at Spalding University in Louisville, both males and females.

    That is great. All six of those players had stories about their college signings in this newspaper.

    And they all had something else in common. Not one of them got paid a dime based on their basketball ability.

    Spalding is an NCAA Division III program. Division III programs are not allowed to give athletic aid. 

  •  Dear Gov. Matt Bevin:

    In response to your recent interview, I would like to formally invite you to observe the teachers at Bullitt Central High School to personally witness just how “selfish and short-sighted” they really are.

    If you get here early enough (and I mean EARLY!), you will see the following: 

    *Teachers getting here before their contractual work day begins to meet with students that have been absent or are perhaps just “not quite getting it”;

  •  Much has been made about protests recently.

    Whether it is those fighting for their pensions or whether it is those fighting for a sense of security in the schools, the media has had plenty of protests to cover.

    The question is a simple one -- have partisan politics, stupid comments, social media and lobby groups resulted in causing the leaders of this country and state to no longer be able to sit down and talk?

    It seems that all of the above is true. We no longer have folks who can sit down and talk to opposing groups. 

  •      We will be looking back 25, 50, 75, and 100 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 1993, 1968, 1943, and 1918 in the month of March.

     

    1993 - 25 Years Ago.

    After a late snow, young Johnny Laun was pictured shoveling snow off a Buckman Street sidewalk.

  •   As we bear down on the end of the 2018 Regular Session, it’s become crunch time in Frankfort. This week has seen many bills pass both the full House and House Committees, but there has been a clear focus on public safety and the brave Kentuckians who dedicate their lives to protecting us each and every day. 

  •   FRANKFORT -- Since the budget and pensions are what we hear about almost daily, it is certainly understandable if the public thinks that is what this year’s legislative session is all about.

    While the fate of those bills is what will ultimately be remembered most from the General Assembly’s time in the Capitol this year, that shouldn’t overshadow the many other important issues that the House and Senate are also considering.

  •  FRANKFORT -- The transportation bill passed the House last week and is on its way to the Senate.

    Bullitt County did better than many other districts.

    Current projects retained funding and several new projects were added.

    Our hope is that the Senate makes no changes to the road plan for Bullitt County.

    On a related transportation issue, the House approved a bill last week dealing with disability placards for parking.

  •   Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, when most U.S. states will spring forward an hour.

    With the change comes a change in when the sun rises and sets, and that can affect drivers and pedestrians.

    Across the nation, pedestrian deaths have increased— and that’s why AAA East Central urges all adults to pay attention while driving or walking outdoors as everyone adjusts to the time change. 

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  •  The community lost a couple of giants recently.

    You couldn’t have a better name as sheriff than Shot Dooley.

    One of my first interviews was with Shot, who due to a change in the state Constitution, was allowed to run for re-election as sheriff.

    He would serve four terms and then go on  to serve on the Mount Washington City Council.

    He was one of those bigger than life kind of guys.

    His biggest fault was that he wanted to  help everyone  and didn’t want to disappoint anyone.

  •  Last week, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed the two-year budget, aimed to set Kentucky on a robust path for the future, by a vote of 76-15. 

  •  FRANKFORT -- After being sworn in last week, I am hard at work in Frankfort, filing two bills and co-sponsoring others that I feel will improve our county and Commonwealth. I also made sure we were represented on voting for the state budget.

    When Governor Bevin presented his proposal to the General Assembly in late January, it quickly became clear that his proposed cuts to education would be too much for our schools to handle.

  •  Candidates for the major county offices should be prepared -- there will be at least a couple of forums this spring.

    We don’t want to surprise anyone. From all the discourse we’ve seen on social media, the forum for the special election came as a surprise and was rigged in favor of the Democratic candidate.

    As one of the sponsors, who is normally just the publicity arm for the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, we’ve heard enough.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reminds Kentuckians to follow safety guidelines in the wake of severe flooding and water run-off throughout the state.

    The following precautions are recommended by DPH:

    Flood Waters