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  • Know your real estate language

    PEGGY SMITH
    Association Executive
    Old Ky Home Board of Realtors
    okhrealtors@bardstown.com

    Whether this is your first time buying or selling a home or if you’ve gone through the process several times, there are probably words or phrases that you don’t really know what they mean but were afraid to ask. Here’s a glossary to “break it down” to simple terms and explanations that might help you speak the language.

  • Opinion: We’re not in Mayberry anymore

    By Nelda Moore

  • OPNION: Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away

    By MICHAEL JOHNSON

    If I’m honest, this topic is not one that I want to write about. But with tens of thousands discussing it on Facebook and hundreds of national headlines reporting on it, ignoring it is not an option.

    On April 19, Target announced that they “welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

  • OPINION: Pay now or pay later

    One of the side benefits from all this controversy at Bardstown City Hall is that people are getting involved to the point they are paying attention. The government of the people is the only way in which our democratic republic can flourish, and for way too long politicians at all levels of government have counted on us to not get involved, not care too much and simply not pay close attention to what is going on right under our very noses.

  • OPINION: The case for a Clinton-Warren ticket

    Running mates? It’s not even May, and already we’re talking running mates? Then let me toss Elizabeth Warren’s name into the mix.

    I’m making several assumptions here — in a year when assuming anything is dangerous. First, I believe Ted Cruz’s desperate gamble of adding Carly Fiorina to his “ticket” will fail. He was right to throw some kind of Hail Mary, but I don’t see how Fiorina attracts enough new support for Cruz to win the Indiana primary on Tuesday. And if he loses there, he’s pretty much toast.

  • OPINION: The end of pieties

    When the Americans defeated the British at Yorktown, the surrendering British forces supposedly played “The World Turned Upside Down.”

    The song should be on the soundtrack at Donald Trump rallies. The mogul is marching toward the Republican nomination by trampling every single assumption about presidential politics, especially on the GOP side.

  • OPINION: Floyd finishes with his ‘best year ever’

    When I was in Frankfort to spend a day with David Floyd in his last legislative session, I told him I was there not only to cover the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his bill to abolish the death penalty, but also to talk with other lawmakers about his legacy.

  • OPINION: A free PR lesson for the mayor

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has admitted publicly that he could use some lessons in public relations.

    I’m not in the habit of giving elected officials advice, but I’m making an exception in this case.

    Don’t lie.

    It’s the No. 1 rule in PR.

    For one, it’s wrong.

    But secondly, lies have the potential to cause serious headaches down the road.

  • Opinion: Her plight could be mine or yours

    Maybe it was the way she was ever so slightly dragging her left leg. Perhaps it was the confused look in her eyes, like she had just walked into a room filled with strangers. It could have been the way she doubled her shopping cart as a walker as she exited the grocery store, ambling towards her car.

    For whatever reason, something about the dear lady prompted me to ask, “Can I help you get your groceries to your car?”

    She couldn’t hear me very well, so I repeated myself.

  • Opinion: It only takes a small pebble to create a ripple

    By Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Last August, the state appeals court in Colorado upheld the decision that Jack Phillips of Lakewood, Colo., owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop could not refuse service to a gay couple based upon his religious beliefs. When he refused, the couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, filed a complaint under Colorado law which bars discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation.

    This is an awkward situation. According to the law, Phillips broke it, yet according to his religious beliefs, he didn’t.