• Opinion: Koontz has left his mark on sports, in young minds

    Ron Koontz’s entire career has been about serving others, and in his 30-plus years of coaching high school football, he’s taught hundreds of boys how to be men through his undying dedication and deep love of the sport.

    He first got involved in coaching football in 1983 while still on active duty with the Army. While stationed at Fort Knox, Koontz took a part-time job scouting for North Hardin High School, and joined the staff as a full-time assistant the next year.

  • Opinion: Preservation of the past is a local tradition

    Bardstown is well known for efforts to preserve our local landmarks, both private and public. Repurposing of buildings such as Spalding and Flaget halls, as well as the 1914 Beaux Arts federal building on Court Square and saving the Opera House are good examples.

    The ongoing effort to save the Anatok mansion shows just how difficult this work can be. Saving our architectural heritage is hard because it is expensive.

  • Opinion: We perceive Castro and Cuba through a filter

    By Nelda Moore, Columnist

    The death of Fidel Castro last week brought a new focus to all the reporting about Cuba the past several months, and I have read it with a mixture of emotions.

    I have a small photo of Fidel in his younger days in my home office, along with a framed photograph of Franklin Roosevelt. Some visitors think this a strange mix; I don’t.

  • Opinion: Tossing around phrases based on phases

    A couple weeks ago, we were afforded the opportunity to see what is known as a supermoon.

    The moon was closer to Earth than it had been in some 68 years. It appeared bigger and brighter than usual.

    Because of that last fact, I started thinking this could be an opportunity to start something, to coin a phrase. Anytime someone appears bigger or brighter than usual, the phrase could apply.

  • OPINION: He isn’t draining the swamp; he’s deepening it

    It is our duty to demand ethical integrity from our presidents, and Donald Trump cannot be allowed to make himself an exception.

    He is already trying hard to do so.

  • COLUMN: Self-government in the wilderness

    The Mayflower had a harrowing two months crossing the Atlantic. Its mast splintered in rough water and two people died, as supplies dwindled and passengers grew sick. It arrived in the New World later than expected, on the cusp of a punishing winter.

  • OPINION: In all things, give thanks

    Several years ago, I taught a class on spiritual formation at a university. As part of that class, I required the students to keep what I called a thankful journal. I wanted them to find at least one thing every day for which they were thankful and write something about it. It was an effort to incorporate an attitude of gratitude into their lives. I challenged them to give thanks for the people and things they commonly ignored.

    When I gave the students that assignment, they — most in their first year of college — looked at me like I was from another planet.

  • Opinion: The questions we must keep asking

    By Margie Bradford

    The burning and seemingly eternal question for American women is, when will we achieve parity with men? When will we equally represented in elective offices? When will we be given an equal chance at winning the presidency, in a race where the standards for women are equal to those of men? When will we have a woman for president?

    Now for those of you who think women should just tend to their knitting and not worry their pretty little heads about such things, please stop reading right now for both our sakes.

  • Opinion: Support vital when dealing with loss

    By Rebecca Clark Brothers

    It has often been said death comes in threes.

    Whether this is true, or part of the symbolism of the Holy Trinity, or dating to the Black Plague — or even a combination of both, is not known. But often, death does visit a family or a community three times in a short amount of time.

  • Opinion: Election 2016: naming the pain

    Pundits will blather on for weeks about Election 2016, but you need to remember this: All of the pundits and pollsters were wrong! None of them saw this election clearly. They were all missing the Big Issue.

    Imagine that you had a pain in your heart for 40 years, and others, even doctors, told you it was “all in your head.” Or what’s worse, ignored you entirely. You need to imagine that to understand the election of 2016.