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Editorials

  • Guthrie Center deserves support, recognition

    There was a time, not long ago, when the developmentally disabled were stigmatized and often hidden from public view.

    Linda Smith, the speaker at the recent fundraiser Bourbon & Bubbles, told a story about trying to bring her son to the U.S. across the Canadian border, only to have immigration officials prevent him from entering because he was an “undesirable alien” because he had Down syndrome.

  • It’s not too late to participate in Relay

    Cancer. The “C” word.

    Decades ago when people heard the word cancer, it was considered a death sentence. A dreadful disease, the prognosis of cancer came with almost certain deadly consequences. But thankfully times have changed. While cancer is still a dreaded word and can shake even the strongest person to the core, there are treatment options, remission, and even cancer-free diagnoses.

  • Fire departments’ relationship needs professional help for residents’ sake

    It’s time to find some long-term answers to the rocky relationship between the City of Bardstown and the nonprofit corporation that oversees the county side of the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department.

    And that’s going to cost some money. Probably about $40,000, Fire Chief Marlin Howard estimates. That’s the price tag he predicts for a professional feasibility study looking at the pros and cons of merging the departments or each going their separate ways.

  • Expanding K-9 program a worthwhile investment

    Recently, it was announced that the Bardstown Police Department would be expanding its K-9 program to include a third dog and training Officer Reece Riley as a K-9 officer. At the same time, a plan to start a new K-9 unit at the Sheriff’s Office was also set in motion.

  • Ending child abuse means investing more in social workers
  • Road to Wickland was historical in nature, deserved preservation

    Today, it’s not uncommon to see trees torn down to make room for roads or strip malls or to handle other modern engineering tasks.

  • City parking lots offer first impressions

    Anytime a city sees growth, with that growth comes new challenges. As Bardstown continues to fill downtown store fronts with small businesses and tourism skyrockets due to the Bourbon Trail, the need for additional downtown parking has become a welcomed challenge.

    There was a time when small downtowns had parking meters and designated time limits on parking. Remember the meter maids who walked around town marking your tires with white chalk and joyfully leaving tickets on the windshield of every overdue vehicle?

  • Abell will be hard to replace

    It’s April, and Mike Abell is finally enjoying retirement for the second time. After 30 years of working in various top finance and leadership positions within Nelson County, the City of Bardstown and the state, Abell can finally relax.

    Abell, who most recently served as the city’s chief financial officer for the past 11 years, has been dedicated to the people of Bardstown and Nelson County for more than three decades.

  • Main Street accreditation benefits entire community

    Bardstown has been largely spared the national trend of the decline of small-town downtowns, but that preservation has come through the hard work of many people and organizations.

    Consumers, proprietors, local governments and organizations all deserve credit for a downtown in Bardstown that is the envy of many communities across the state and country.

  • The City and the Golden Barrel

    “A cottager and his wife had a Hen that laid a golden egg every day. They supposed that the Hen must contain a great lump of gold in its inside, and in order to get the gold they killed it. Having done so, they found to their surprise that the Hen differed in no respect from their other hens. The foolish pair, thus hoping to become rich all at once, deprived themselves of the gain of which they were assured day by day.”

    —The Hen and the Golden Eggs, Aesop’s Fables, as translated by George Fyler Townsend