• Denial and distortion of science

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    FRANKFORT, Ky.—There’s no proof Mark Twain ever said he wanted to be in Kentucky when he died because it’s always 20 years behind. But it has become a truism because it conveys an essential fact about our state: We’re often slow to change, and too often slow to face facts.

  • The minimum wage debate

    Margie Bradford

    Community Columnist


    President Obama announced a new federal standard for minimum wage of $10.10 per hour for new federal projects, raising the present minimum wage of $7.25 per hour that has been in place since 2009. Congress has failed to follow that lead.

  • Short summer can provide learning experiences

    What a busy, albeit short, summer we have had. Thanks to the numerous snow days, my summer break was shortened by three weeks.

    Why else does one become a teacher except to have summers free?

  • Fiscal Court should act to protect LGBT rights

    By Anna Thomas

    “A Bardstown High School student is giving voice to efforts for greater equality for the LGBT community.” (June 20, The Kentucky Standard). I must admit it was very strange waking up one morning and seeing this headline in the newspaper.

  • Obama’s hilarious lawlessness

    President Barack Obama styles himself a wit, and some of his best material lately has to do with his abuse of his powers.

    “As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for doing something,” Obama riffed to a crowd at the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C., on July 1, referring to Republicans. “So sue me.” Hilarity ensued.

  • Peace may never be at hand

    Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon — perhaps not in our lifetimes.

  • Two years of telling Bardstown’s stories

    On an unusually cool July morning, the sweet scent of whiskey mash hangs heavy in the air over Bardstown. I used to think the aroma was from a former bakery downtown, until the proprietor told me what it was.

    Today it smells like home.

    It was two years ago this week that I moved here from Winchester and started working for The Kentucky Standard as a reporter, photographer, copy editor and columnist.

  • Food giants exploit nature to turn a profit

    If you eat, or know someone who does, there is one book I would recommend.

    “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” is a 2013 book by New York Times investigative journalist Michael Moss that peels back the systematic method processed food giants have used to alter the American diet and people’s taste in the sole pursuit of profit.

  • Singing about Christmas in July

    By David Whitlock

    My wife occasionally bursts into song when it’s just the two of us at home.

    “You have a really good voice,” I compliment her. “You should be singing in the choir.”

    She disagrees: “My voice isn’t that good. Remember, I didn’t even make the Varsity Choir in high school.”

    I think she’s improved.

    I heard her again the other day. She had the pitch and the tune down pat, but something was just not right.

  • On vehicle records and veterans’ issues

    The past two weeks, I have heard testimony about issues from new temporary tags and the Kentucky Automated Vehicle Information System for vehicle deeds, to the need for a Veterans’ Center in Bowling Green.

    This is something I appreciate as a legislator; learning about the complex and various issues so important to our citizens on a firsthand basis.

    In the district, I recently visited the Dunnville Post Office with Rep. Mike Harmon to learn about the proposed reduction of operating hours.