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Editorials

  • EDITORIAL: Leadership, action needed in struggle against opioid scourge

    The number of drug overdoses in Nelson County climbed last month to at least 35 confirmed cases, but could potentially be more. And statistics show that one out of every five reported overdoses ends in death. These are the chilling facts that are facing our community as we try to get our heads and hands wrapped around this epidemic that has reached all segments of our community — including teens, housewives, business professionals and the grandmother next door. Do we have a crisis situation in Nelson County? You better believe it.

  • Editorial: Sheene coming to Bardstown contributes to city and U.S. history

    History writes itself one person at a time.

    Recently, Melissa Sheene helped write a piece of Bardstown Fire Department history when she became the first female, full-time firefighter. Several female volunteers have served with the department in its more than 200 years, but Sheene is the first woman to be hired to fill a permanent, full-time position.

  • Editorial: Newcomb’s contributions left a mark on his community

    Nelson County has lost another member of the remarkable, post-World War II generation of bright business people who shaped our current reputation as a mecca for economic advancement.

    John Newcomb, a native of tiny New Hope, died last week just days shy of his 90th birthday.

    After enlisting in the U.S. Navy while a senior at St. Joe Prep and undergoing basic training, Newcomb was being transported overseas to take part in the invasion of Japan when he learned the war in the Pacific was over.

  • EDITORIAL: Regulations on short-term rentals require a delicate balance

    The time has come for us to face the truth: Bardstown is increasingly becoming a tourist city. Bardstown is already one of the top 10 communities in Kentucky for Airbnbs. We’re drawing in outsiders. We wanted to. They keep our economy flourishing. But we can do that while maintaining our charm and without looking “touristy” if we expand things the right way.

    With that growing tourism comes challenges, including how to properly regulate lodging options in the 21st century and the growing trend of short-term rentals.

  • Editorial: Congrats, Cards!

    Nelson County’s drive to the girls’ 5th Region basketball championship interjected some excitement into the sports programs at the high school, giving fans and students of the school something to cheer about like they haven’t had in many years.

  • Editorial: Centennial a great time to get involved

    This year, the Kentucky chapter of the American Red Cross is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

    The nonprofit organization is not part of government, but is chartered by Congress and provides vital services to the country, working in close cooperation with local, state and national government agencies.

    In 1917, when the Kentucky chapter was organized, the number of chapters in the country jumped from just over 100 to several thousand, mostly in response to the United States becoming involved in the first world war.

  • Editorial: Sunshine laws play vital role in keeping public well informed

    Sunshine is a natural disinfectant, and probably the best ingredient for ensuring our government operates in a manner that serves the people rather than power.

    That right to scrutiny of our government extends to the highest levels of power, to the actions of the presidency and federal agencies, through the federal Freedom of Information Act. But it also extends to the levels of government closest to the citizens, at the state and local levels.

  • Editorial: NCSO Citizen Police Academy will provide valuable insight

    The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office should be commended for taking public understanding of law enforcement to the next level by embarking on a seven-week Citizen’s Police Academy program.

    Those taking part in the two-hour, Monday evening classes will not be engaging in the adventures depicted in the seven “Police Academy” movies from back in the 1980s, but rather will be gaining a better insight into law enforcement operations. 

  • Distillery’s progress represents progress locally, industrywide

    Last week marked a significant development for an old company that has built new presence in our area with the installation of the still at Lux Row Distillery.

    But is also marks a significant event for our area.

    The distillery is the first wholly-owned for Luxco, a business with half a century of history in the beverage industry. Since its humble beginnings in 1958, when Paul Lux started it as a private label bottler to serve distributors, the company has built an impressive portfolio that includes bourbons that rank among the best on the top shelf.

  • EDITORIAL: General Assembly applauded for efforts to improve foster care

    The Kentucky legislature thinks we, as a state, can do foster care better, and this board is inclined to agree.

    As a result, a handful of bills are working their way through the Kentucky House and Senate with a mind toward making the experiences of children in the foster care system better, and more normalized.