• Kentucky property owners need clear laws

    Mitch McConnell’s decision to kick off his tenure as Senate majority leader with a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline is igniting a debate that could force his fellow Republicans to say whether they think human-caused climate change is real.

    In Kentucky, Keystone raises questions of a more local, even personal, nature: How to protect farms, forests, home places and property rights from energy companies that claim the power of eminent domain? Also, how to make smart decisions about routing pipelines and their above-ground infrastructure?

  • Council to be commended for letting residents speak first

    Democracy can be messy, whether it is in the halls of Congress or at City Hall. Just ask anyone who has sat through a few City Council meetings in just about any area.

    Too often, input from the public can be viewed by elected officials as a distraction or inconvenience from running an “efficient” meeting. People who show up are often upset, not always well-informed on every issue and can say things in public that are unfair to the targets of their ire.

    There have been some elected bodies that have found ways to minimize visitors.

  • Let’s get back to business and let Hawkins get to work

    The recent decision by the Bardstown City Council to create a new preservation coordinator position that will be under its own umbrella just makes good business sense.

  • Effects of bullying can last into adulthood

    This newspaper has put considerable work lately into reporting on bullying among youth and keeping the issue in the spotlight while the time is right to develop strategies to slow or stop its scourge.

    While several stories have focused on those presently bullying or being bullied, last Sunday’s story about the struggles of former bullying victims showed a side of the issue that many don’t consider: The effects of bullying linger far beyond middle and high school hallways.

  • Nominate someone worthy of recognition

    The gift of time is priceless. That is especially true for organizations that otherwise wouldn’t exist without the help of volunteers. These people make it their business to help others and enrich our community by devoting countless hours. They don’t make excuses or talk about the good work they do.

    They speak with their actions.

  • Conversation is hard, but it’s time to address issue of bullying

    Bullying hurts.

    It hurts the victims. It hurts families. And it hurts organizations, especially when it comes into the schoolhouse. It hurts society.

    This community finds itself in a difficult yet worthwhile conversation at the moment.

    Reagan Carter, a 12-year-old middle-schooler, took her own life after suffering repeated harassment by schoolmates. Many people in this community are outraged.

    First, it is important to note that experts widely agree that bullying and suicide do not normally have a direct correlation, but they are related.

  • Certified car seat installers should be public service
  • Conduct public’s business in the light of day

    To all the new and returning elected officials sworn in this week, welcome.

    Running a campaign for elected office can be hard. But representing voters can be even harder.

    When you are running for office you often have lots of supporters. Some of those supporters will stick by you, but others will be disappointed in views or votes or actions you take. That is the burden and consequence of leadership.

    You will come under unfair criticism. Anyone who has been in office for any amount of time will tell you that you need to quickly develop a thick skin.

  • Cheers & jeers

    As we close out another year, The Kentucky Standard editorial board is taking a look back and creating our 2014 list of cheers and jeers.

    Cheers. The Bluegrass Pipeline project was delayed until 2016. While the fight has died down for now, the controversial issue is anything but dead.

    Cheers. Barktown Rescue opened an animal shelter in Boston.

    Cheers. Early indications are the “road diet” has reduced vehicle accidents.

  • Little Free Library shares the joy of reading

    Nelson County is home to three top-notch public libraries — a main branch in Bardstown and branches in New Haven and Bloomfield.

    The libraries offer a plethora of books and media to be checked out, a bookmobile, classes, Internet access and several other services.

    Recently, Bardstown joined a national movement, welcoming another kind of library.

    A Little Free Library was installed at Mayor’s Park on North Third Street.