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Columns

  • Mill has interesting history at the Village

    Most Bardstonians and Nelson Countians are familiar with the Old Bardstown Village; most everyone has at least driven by the location once or twice. Personally, I have always been somewhat curious about the wonderful old buildings at the village. In order to satisfy my curiosity and maybe yours, I checked with someone who knows all of the ins and outs of the Old Bardstown Village. That person is Dr. Harry Spalding, who had a vision to create this wonderful piece of history. The village sports several buildings and all have much history.

  • Current Senate probe of 'saints' is warranted

    I believe in the separation of church and state. I honor the faiths of those who aren’t the same as mine. There are just some people, although they claim to do things in God’s name, who are nothing more than a cheap sideshow act.

    Recently the U.S. Senate launched a probe into the practices of some popular TV evangelists. Normally I am not embracing of such actions, but when reading more into the reasons why, it’s a good move in my mind.

  • Can we keep the Christmas Spirit alive longer?

    It has been more than a half month since Christmas 2007 — already. I find that breathtaking to realize.

    It has been said many times during my lifetime that we should strive to keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year. May I invite all of us to join in this noble effort — whether we were celebrating feasts in other faith traditions, family, generosity, winter, light — all those observances included in our frequent wish of “Happy Holidays”!

  • We should be careful with limited resources

    The Earth is finite. All of the natural resources on it are also finite. That means if we keep using these resources at the current rates, we will eventually move from more to less to none. That will be an evil day for the human race.

  • Can a candidate so hated by some be elected?

    Why do many people so ardently dislike Hillary Rodham Clinton?

  • Why should celebrities have a second set of rules?

    Track star Marion Jones is going to prison.

    She’s upset and rightfully so. Most people would be terrified of spending six months of their life in prison. She has asked for leniency. Her life, her lawyers reasoned in a CNN.com article, has already been turned upside down. She has been stripped of her gold medals, lost her credibility with the American public, is no longer a “track star” — the only job she has ever known — and has lost her wealth and public standing.

  • Election results echo of Tom Bradley

    Pollsters and pundits were quick to discount race and the so-called Bradley effect as factors in Barack Obama’s narrow loss to Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary. Given that the same pollsters and pundits (OK, me, too) were so wrong about the outcome, I think we ought to take a closer look.

    The phenomenon is named after the late Tom Bradley, who in 1982 seemed certain to become the first black governor of California. Polls showed Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles, with a double-digit lead over his white opponent, George Deukmejian. But Bradley lost.

  • My sad and pathetic, but real claims to fame

    Having only been a Bardstown resident since Dec. 8, I don’t have cable yet. I plan to get it — the rates are reasonable even with the increase — but I’ve been too busy unpacking and tying up loose ends for a two-week European adventure.

    Unpacking isn’t my favorite thing to do, and I needed some background noise recently to help me along. I had just found my scarce DVD collection, and on top was U2’s “Vertigo” tour. I popped it in and was reminded of one of my two pathetic, far-fetched claims to fame.

  • 2008 Legislative session underway

    It’s an exciting time to convene the General Assembly. We have much to concern us and a new administration with which to work. Primary among our concerns is drafting a responsible budget. You might recall that our constitution calls for us to remain in session until the middle of April. We have a responsibility to pass a budget in the allotted time; this has not been the case since we added a “short” session in the odd years. Compromises failed, requiring us to dedicate short or special sessions to passing a budget.

  • Written letters should not be a thing of the past

    There is something about receiving a letter via post that is completely magical. Can you remember as a child running to the mailbox to retrieve the mail in hopes of a crisp envelope addressed directly to you? It was like a daily present, anticipation and excitement mounted. The closer you got to the box, the sooner you might find that someone somewhere was thinking of you.