• Editorial: Officials should rethink process for allocating road money

    Lower gasoline prices have been good for most of us, but they have had an impact on the amount of road tax money that comes back to Kentucky counties.

    The state gasoline tax is a percentage of the per-gallon cost rather than a fixed amount. Earlier this year the General Assembly decided not to address fixing this problem and the result was predictable; we have experienced a sharp drop in the amount of money flowing back Nelson County for road projects.

  • Editorial: City reserve funding needs solutions from City Council

    There have been plenty of warnings, not only to the City of Bardstown’s current administration but other past administrations as well, that you shouldn’t use the profits from municipal utilities to fund general government services. Some prior administrators have said it is not only bad business for the city, but if tried in a court system, it could be found illegal.

  • Editorial: Cathedral is a reminder that legacy requires dedication

    This week marks a significant milestone in history with the 200th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone for St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral.
    The Diocese of Bardstown was established in April 1808, the same time as the dioceses of Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Only the diocese of Baltimore is older in the United States.

    The first wave of Catholics settled in the Nelson County area around 1785 and Holy Cross was the first parish established in Kentucky.

  • Editorial: Overcrowding of jails is a problem we need to solve

    Law and order are necessary components of a functional society.

    Citizens value their safety and security, and it’s natural they would want to root out the unpleasant elements that upset the law and order apple cart.

    However, an unintended consequence of that means more and more people are locked up for criminal offenses against society. And with explosive epidemics of pills, heroin and methamphetamine gripping our county, state and country, that has led to jails bursting at the seams with prisoners.

  • EDITORIAL: Watts needs to reconnect with library

    Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts is digging in his heels concerning appointments to the Nelson County Public Library Board of Trustees.

    He does not like the process required by the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives for filling board slots. In short, the process requires the library board to submit two names to the state for vetting. Frankfort then passes the names on to the judge-executive and fiscal court for final approval.

  • EDITORIAL: Expanding lodging options vital to keeping tourism traditions

    At the end of June, Bardstown welcomed back a long-running tradition. One of many events that keep the city on the map on a national scale, Kentucky Music Week is six days of classes about instruments such as the fiddle, guitar, banjo and dulcimer.

  • EDITORIAL: Work on protecting rights not finished

    We are celebrating in July not only our independence from Britain, but also 50 years of one of the most significant pieces of Kentucky legislation.

  • EDITORIAL: Community’s Mr. B an icon

    People don’t come along very often who end up becoming so synonymous with their school that they achieve iconic status.

    Bill Broaddus, known affectionately as “Mr. B,” is just such a person.

    The current Nelson County High School athletic director has put in 20 years at his post, backing up the previous 25 he spent at New Haven School. Thousands of young people in the Nelson County school system have been touched by Broaddus during this time, in some cases three generations of families.

  • Editorial: Community effort needed to fight drug addiction

    Heroin, the scourge of large cities in the 1970s, has made a resurgence over the past couple of years that has spread the deadly drug into small towns and rural communities, including Nelson County and Bardstown.

    The wreckage the drug leaves in its wake takes the form of the obvious and the less obvious.

    One of the most notable indicators of its spread through our community is the number of opioid overdoses, which are increasing at an alarming rate.

  • Editorial: Keep the ‘good old days’ in perspective

    Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It’s what helps us recall the good memories of our past.