• Fasten your seat belts for a rocky ride to the November election

    There is still some question as to who won the Republican nomination for governor, but there is one certainty that came from the May 20 primary — Kentucky is in for an interesting election season.

    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes scheduled a recanvass for Thursday, where results as they now stand have Matt Bevin 83 votes ahead of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

    Comer asked Grimes for a complete check of every voting machine and absentee ballot in all 120 Kentucky counties, where 214,187 votes were recorded.

  • A sacrifice worth at least a minute of your time

    What is Memorial Day?

    It might be easier to first address all the things it isn’t.

    Memorial Day is not a celebration of barbecues and backyards.

    Memorial Day is not a day to buy a grill or landscaping supplies or mattresses — even though they’ll all be on sale.

    Memorial Day is not the day pools open.

    Memorial Day is not the first day of summer.

  • POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Part-time, full-time? Higher salary won’t address city’s long-term needs

    The issue of whether the position of Bardstown mayor is part-time or full-time is an exercise in semantics.

    Bardstown’s chief executive is considered part-time and is paid about $18,000 a year, a fact current Mayor John Royalty has said is not commensurate with the demands. Several past mayors have agreed.

    Just about every mayor in recent Bardstown history has put in 40 or more hours a week serving in the role, which hardly seems part-time. So the issue is really about compensation, not hours.

  • POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Job is already more-than-full-time, change may attract more candidates

    It’s time that Bardstown had a full time mayor.

    With a $45.5 million operating budget and a projected 29.6 percent growth in total population by the 2030 census in Bardstown and Nelson County, it’s time that Bardstown City Council voted to fund a full-time mayor’s position. With all the responsibilities and duties, as well as booming tourism and economic development, the mayor’s position has already become a more-than-full-time job.

  • Bardstown Council avoiding hard issues vital to city’s long-term well-being

    The Bardstown City Council is in the midst of putting together its budget for the next fiscal year, and the elected officials who comprise that body need to seriously deliberate the direction in which the city’s finances are headed.

    Mayor John Royalty stayed true to his election promises and submitted his proposed budget early enough for the council to thoroughly examine and debate its spending priorities and revenue sources.

  • Area around lake is an untapped resource

    The recent talk of updating and expanding trails at the park in Bloomfield brings back to mind the option the city has long neglected of turning the land around Sympson Lake into a recreational area.
    In March, the Bloomfield City Council applied for a Recreational Trails Grant through the Lincoln Trail Area Development District to expand trails at Bloomfield Memorial Park to make the city more appealing and improve outdoor recreational offerings to residents.

  • Future of higher education relies on responsible decision-making

    As Kentucky’s state universities and community colleges continue to experience sharp funding cuts and students feel the pain of annual tuition hikes, it’s hard to hear the administrators’ cries for state legislators to restore public funding with the recent examples of what is considered by some as lavish and unnecessary spending on their top executives.

  • Know how to protect the skin you’re in

    How many times have you been advised to “Love the skin you’re in”?

    Typically, that means to accept yourself and be happy with who you are and the phrase has deep, emotional meaning. It’s also very practical advice.

    May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. As the temperature heats up and summer takes over, loving your skin should mean protecting it.

  • Lowery was a visionary lost too soon

    Steve Lowery was a visionary. He could see the potential even before most of us could even fathom what could lie ahead. Even though we lost Lowery too early in life, at the age of 54, his contributions across the state, newspaper industry and the communities where he worked are still being felt and recognized.

  • 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.