• Opinion: October Court Days now and then

    At Mount Sterling’s October Court Days festival, a man in a hot pink Trump for President T-shirt, draped in a Donald flag and wearing a Make America Great Again cap, was doing a brisk business selling

    Hillary for Prison yard signs on Queen Street.

    He was attracting a lot of attention.

    People who walked by and read the signs were saying stuff like:

    “Hell, yeah!”

    “Damn right.

    One woman seemed baffled, then saw the light.

    “Hillary for Prison? Amen, brother!” she shouted.

  • Opinion: Consider choices when voting for school board

    By Stephen Pruitt

    Kentucky Education Commissioner

    Local boards of education in our state have a tremendous responsibility. They are critical to improving the lives of students, and in turn the prosperity of our commonwealth. The decisions they make impact thousands and in some cases, hundreds of thousands of lives – from those of students, to teachers and administrators, parents, and the community at large.

  • Opinion: Don't blame Never Trump

    No one can accuse Kellyanne Conway of complacency. She is already preparing for post-election recriminations.

    Donald Trump’s campaign manager has recently cited Hillary Clinton’s financial advantage, media bias and President Barack Obama’s popularity as reasons Trump should be losing to Clinton even more badly. She also floated the stabbed-in-the-back thesis: “We have the Never Trumpers,” she said in a MSNBC interview, “who are costing us 4 or 5 percent in places.”

  • Opinion: Donald Trump, spoiled brat in chief

    ­­­­­­It is tempting to laugh at Donald Trump’s eruptions and outrages because he is such a cartoonish buffoon. But he gave chilling evidence Wednesday night of why he poses a grave and urgent threat to our democracy — and why he must be defeated.

  • Opinion: What is Rand Paul afraid of?

    By Margie Bradford

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, running for re-election as Kentucky’s junior senator, seems to be afraid of appearing on a debate stage with his opponent, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

  • Opinion: Keep safety in mind on Halloween

    The weather is cooling down, and we are quickly approaching the holiday season with Halloween right around the corner. Along with attending all sorts of fall festivities and celebrations, children have begun carefully selecting their next costume for trick-or-treating. And while this should always be a family event, there are extra ways to keep your child safe.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some great tips for safe Halloween fun:

  • Opinion: A look at commentary from 50 years ago

    By Jane Greenwell

    Fifty years ago, Nelson County led the state in being the first county to have a civil rights ordinance.

    To celebrate the foresight of those citizens, the present Bardstown-Nelson County Human Rights Commission tasked me to find news from The Kentucky Standard archives of 50 years ago to share.

  • Opinion: Art can be a reprieve from stress

    I wrote a column a year or so ago about the definition of art. I didn’t have an answer then, and still don’t have one today. Jim Cantrell, who is probably the most known of this kind in the area, said there really is no definition and that he himself was more of a draw-er than an artist. So after all this time, I have concluded that maybe art is a more general term, and we all fall in some subcategory such as a draw-er. If that hypothesis is true, then most all of us are artists in some way. We may just not know it yet.

  • OPINION: Evangelicals without standards

    Lanny Davis must be dizzy from the deja vu.

    Davis was a stalwart defender of Bill Clinton during the scandals of the 1990s. Little did he know that the excuses and rationalizations made for Clinton then would be repurposed by some of Clinton’s harshest and most moralistic critics for a Republican presidential contender.

  • OPINION: Do the debates help us choose wisely?

    We’re in the middle of the presidential debates, and not surprisingly, they’re drawing viewers in great numbers. The contest is close, and the chance to watch the two candidates spar with one another face-to-face makes for entertaining television.