• Taxpayers are not open checkbooks

    It’s that time of year again when those in elected office decide how much of our hard-earned money they are going to take in the form of taxes.

    Whether it comes in the form of property or payroll taxes, much of the discussion usually centers on how much they will increase.

    One of the largest local taxes that residents pay are school taxes based on the value of the property they own.

  • VIEWPOINTS: Common ground needed in culture debate

     The polarization of America is turning neighbors against one other and voices in the “culture wars” all too often demonize those who disagree with them. The constant division within our communities is such an unwelcome contrast to the aftermath of that Tuesday morning 14 years ago when we focused on the common ground we shared and stood united as Americans.

  • VIEWPOINTS: It's all in your head

    Many mysteries in life.  Why are we here? Why are some people prone to illness and some stay perpetually healthy? Why are we all so different but again so much alike?  And then the biggest mystery of all, how does our body operate and why do we do the things we do? 


  • How would market chaos affect the 2016 race?

    The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.

  • The GOP field that failed

    The rise of Donald Trump is, in part, a function of a vacuum.

    He is thriving in a Republican field that is large, talented and, so far, underwhelming. To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, there’s 17 candidates and nothing on. Except Donald Trump.

    Now, this has much to do with the media, and with Trump’s unique qualities as a showman. He has the advantage of not caring about anything, apparently -- the facts, his reputation or, ultimately, winning the presidency. In consequence, he is a free man.

  • Council made right decision in slowing down tax talk

    Bardstown City Council took the prudent action Tuesday to slow its roll toward a massive tax increase and decide to study the issue further.

    When the elected city officials showed up to its regular meeting they were presented with several pre-written ordinances for them to consider and possibly take action on that night. They were presented with three options, which could have raised the city’s payroll tax to as high as 1.25 percent from its current half-percent.

  • Young volunteer an example for all to emulate

    Kori Shannon is a shining example of someone who sees a need and makes it happen. In an effort to unite the community and get younger citizens involved, Shannon formed the Summer Community Development Corps with the intent of creating positive change in the community.

  • Success of ‘Old Winter’ testament to Coulter’s talent

    Anyone who has seen John Coulter’s work knows he’s extremely talented. We all knew that from day one of working with Coulter at PLG-TV. Coulter spent six-plus years with PLG-TV as production manager. His first recognition outside of Nelson County came when he submitted “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a film he produced and directed for PLG-TV, and won a Gold Award from Aurora International Film and Video competition in Salt Lake City. PLG-TV stills shows the award-winning film annually every Christmas Eve.

  • Rand Paul’s caucus plan has merits and problems

    Raising Paul’s prominence could benefit Kentucky voters and issues

    Kentucky’s junior U.S. senator wants to run for president, and Kentucky Republicans should do what they can to promote and support his bid, as long as it does not hurt the party.

    The Republican Party of Kentucky’s 334-member Central Committee is scheduled to meet Saturday and decide whether to change the state’s presidential nominating system to a caucus system, rather than a primary system.

  • Summertime, and the livin’s easy …

    Well, maybe not for everybody these days.

    A little more than a month ago, high school athletes across the county traded in their bathing suits for practice jerseys as they embark upon yet another busy fall sports season.

    It’s a lot of hard work, all the conditioning and drills, and after five weeks of nothing but practices and scrimmages, it all starts to pay off this week with the launch of the 2015 prep seasons in soccer, volleyball, football, golf and cross country.