• Good comes with bad, growing pains will fade

    Since I started working in Bardstown in September 2012, a lot seems to have changed. My first few weeks were shortly after Rand-McNally bestowed the title Most Beautiful Small Town in America on the city.

    A lot can happen in two years.

  • Reflecting on lives lived and loved ones lost

    By Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Instead of attending church Memorial Day weekend, I visited the cemetery.

  • Why fight for Iraqis if they are not fighting for themselves?

    If Iraqis won’t fight for their nation’s survival, why on earth should we?

    This is the question posed by the fall of Ramadi, which revealed the emptiness at the core of U.S. policy. President Obama’s critics are missing the point: Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how many troops he sends back to Iraq or whether their footwear happens to touch the ground. The simple truth is that if Iraqis will not join together to fight for a united and peaceful country, there will be continuing conflict and chaos that potentially threaten American interests.

  • The return of Sid Vicious

    Charity Navigator should make this an informal rule: If your charity is employing Sidney Blumenthal, it automatically goes on the watch list.

    The ethical controversies around Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have often seemed 1990s redux, and never more so than when a New York Times story resurfaced longtime Clinton loyalist Blumenthal.

  • The way forward for Congress

    There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing.

  • Too close to call is better than no choice at all

    The rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird made each other legendary and delivered multiple NBA Championships to Boston and Los Angeles. Coke and Pepsi forced each other to deliver better tasting and increasingly more creative products.  The rivalry between Ford, GM and Chrysler has resulted in faster, safer, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison pushed each other to give us brilliant technology that shaped the world we live in today.

  • The 60 percent solution to dementia

    If someone told you that you could take a daily pill which would reduce your chances by 60 percent of suffering from dementia in your lifetime, what would be your reaction? Well, there is no magic pill, but there is a way to reduce your chances of having dementia. Dementia of some kind, including Alzheimer’s disease, affects about 15 percent of people over the age of 70.

  • Only time will tell if newfound attention is good

    The secret is out. And I’m not so sure it’s as good as I had first thought. The secret — it’s us. After Tourism began the campaign to showcase Bardstown and Nelson County, people from across the country have taken notice. The drive to bring more people here and hopefully spend a few dollars has worked, and maybe worked better than anyone could have anticipated.

    The Most Beautiful Small Town in America is a title well earned, but I am beginning to understand that getting there may not be as difficult as maintaining that lofty title.

  • Cheeseburgers in paradise, without a big vacation

    By Rachel Filkins Turner

    Paradise brings various thoughts to mind. For me, it’s a hot beach, cool ocean breeze and time away from it all.

    Unfortunately, this year, there will be no great escape. Since my husband was involved in the international oil strike, we’ve decided we should allocate our money to other things and skip going on a big trip this year.

  • A gift basket for Clinton from the GOP

    At this point in the campaign, do you see the Republican presidential hopeful who’s going to beat Hillary Clinton? I didn’t think so.